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Malam Salawu Abdulazeez, Chairman, Nigerian Association of Patent Medicine Dealers (NAPMED), Zariagi/Kabba-junction zone in Kogi, has warned members against sales of fake medicines within the zone.

Abdulazeez gave the warning in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja on Monday.

He decried rising cases of use of fake drugs, saying it had become a threat to public health.

He urged members to join hands with him to identify those behind the circulation of fake drugs in the area, saying that anybody caught would be made to face justice.

The chairman also warned his members against using their outlets for the sale of narcotics to youths in the area.

Abdulazeez was worried over the rising cases of drug abuse among youths in the country and called for concerted efforts to stop the menace.

He also called on Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi to involve the association in the state government’s ongoing efforts to check illegal circulation of fake drugs and quackery in the trade.

He urged members to continue to support Bello’s administration, saying that the governor was building a state every indigene would be proud of in future.

Abdulazeez particularly commended the governor for his stance on COVID-19, urging the people to continue to partner and support the administration so that the state could remain COVID-19 free.

He also spoke of plans to erect a new office building for the association, calling for the support of members to ensure the realisation of the project.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Association tasks Nigerians on peace, tolerance

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The Arum Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) in Nasarawa State has called on Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another for development to thrive in the society.

The new President of the association, Mr Emmanuel Ajah, made the call on Monday at the end of the association’s election of new officials in Arum Sarki, Farin Development Area, Nasarawa.

Ajah said that the importance of peace could not be overemphasised to the development of the country, hence the call in that direction.

” The importance of unity and peaceful co-existence to societal development can not be overemphasised.

” No society will achieve meaningful development without peace. Peace is priceless and non negotiable.

” It is in view of this that I want to urge my people and other Nigerians to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another for development to thrive, ” he said.

He thanked members of the association for giving them the mandate to serve and promised to carry every member along as well as work toward the success of the association.

The president called for support of all in order to take the association to a greater heights.

He promised inclusive and quality leadership and assured of his desire to initiate good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of  members of the association and the state.

Chairman of the ACDA electoral committee, Solomon Ayuba, while announcing  the election results, commended members for their maturity and  peaceful conduct during the election.

Also speaking at the event, the Speaker of Wamba legislative arm, who is also the Councillor representing Arum ward, Ahmed Dahiru Isa, described the election as a success.

He called on Arum people to unite for the progress of Arum land and the state at large.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that other officials elected are: Ayuba Awah-Titus as the Vice President Usman Samuel, Secretary General, Bulus Jugbo, Treasurer, Emmanuel Akuda, welfare secretary and Aeron Akwana, as Organising Secretary.

Others are: Ezekiel Usman who was returned as Assistant Secretary, while Yakubu Ayara and Nnokira Ayuba would as serve as financial secretary and Public Relations Officer, respectively.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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Association distributes food items to 180 teachers, securitymen in private schools

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The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Kakuri, Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has distributed food items to 180 teachers and securitymen in eight private schools in the area.

Distributing the items to the beneficiaries on Monday in Kaduna, the YMCA Secretary, Mr Jeremiah Elisha, said the gesture was to reduce hunger among the targeted groups.

“It is expedient to reach out to this set of people at this trying time, considering that schools are closed and private schools depend solely on school fees to pay the teachers’ salaries.

“It is even disturbing that securitymen of private schools have been going to work in the last few months without salary.

“This development has made it very difficult for the teachers and the securitymen to feed their families,” Elisha said.

He called on the State Government, individuals and other organisations to assist private schools’ workers, who had become vulnerable since the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Elisha noted that their only source of livelihood had been cut off in the last three months, following the lockdown occasioned by the disease.

“The harsh economic situation in the country is particularly unbearable to parents, who became unemployed, with bills and family needs to take care of.

“Although the lockdown had been lifted, schools remained closed and teachers of private schools are in the fourth month without salary, while others have lost their jobs.

“Therefore, YCMA decided to help out in its little capacity as a community-based organisation and urged other organisations to equally reach out to the private schools’ workers.

“Although the food items might be little, it will go a long way in helping them survive the next few days,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the private schools included Resurgence Academy Kakuri; Safeway International School; Blessed Academy, Kakuri; and Heyik Schools, Kakuri.

Others are Triumph Schools, Kakuri; HEKAN School, Kakuri; YMCA Primary School, Sabon Tasha; and YMCA Vocational Training Centre, Unguwan Gimbiya.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Association, SeedCo train farmers on hybrid maize production in Kaduna

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The Maize Growers Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (MAGPAMAN) is collaborating with SeedCo Nigeria in the training of maize farmers in Kaduna state.

The training is in the handling and use of hybrid yield to boost maize production.

At the venue of he event in Zaria, Alhaji Lawal-Maishanu Gazara, state Chairman of the association said that 3,535 farmers would be trainEd at the end of the programme.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the maiden training in Zaria, only 35 maize farmers were in attendance.

Gazara said the association had distributed N644.99 million farming inputs to 3,535 farmers in Kaduna State for the 2020 wet season and each farmer got inputs worth N182,461

The chairman noted that the support was the initiative of Central Bank of Nigeria under the Bank Anchor Borrowers Scheme.

He added that the training of the 3,535 maize farmers would be done in every part of the state.

He added that the initiative was aimed at supporting farmers with inputs towards achieving food security in the country.

In his remarks, Mr Brighton Karume, Production and Processing Manager, Seed Co Nigeria, said Nigeria needed to produce sufficient maize for export.

Karume said there was the need for farmers to engage in the hybrid technology so that the country would become one of the major exporters of maize globally.

Karume said through MAGPAMAN, the company had supplied hybrid maize seedlings to 33 states across the country.

“We are working closely with MAGPAMAN to ensure that farmers who received our seedlings achieve maximum yield,” he said.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Association hints on possible fuel scarcity over pump price fluctuation

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A group, Natural Oil And Gas Suppliers Association Of Nigeria (NOGASA), has expressed fears over possible scarcity of petrol in the country, following the recent increase in its pump price.

The National President of NOGASA, Mr Benneth Korie, represented by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Chinedu Ukadike, expressed the concern during a media briefing on Wednesday in Owerri.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), on July 2 reviewed the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also called petrol from N123 per litre to N143 per litre.

According Korie the instability and incessant increase in the petroleum product pump price would cause artificial scarcity.

He said: “This incessant up-and-down monthly review of petroleum price has caused untold hardship to marketers, suppliers and end users.

“The depot owners whose petroleum products were bought at N113.7 per litre are demanding differentials from marketers who had earlier paid them before the increment by PPRA while awaiting  loading.”

Korie said that the current controversy over differential in payment would eventually lead to avoidable artificial scarcity of the product if not resolved.

The national president further stated that the situation had created a gap in the system in terms of lifting of products and funding, which had the propensity to cause unnecessary scarcity.

He noted that NOGASA had issued a circular to its members not to make the controversial differential payment demanded by tank farm owners.

The national president urged the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the issue to avert looming fuel scarcity.

He also appealed to government to ensure stability in PMS pump price to avoid unecessary hardship the masses experienced whenever there was fuel scarcity in the country.

He promised that the association would do everything possible to support government in distribution of petroleum products across the country.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Alumni association set to redevelop Unilag Cricket Pitch for N75m

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Mr Kwesi Sagoe, a former President Nigerian Cricket Federation, says the construction of a cricket pitch of international standards in the University of Lagos will further project the institution as one of Africa’s best.

Sagoe, also a former Chairman, African Cricket Association, made the assertion on Saturday at the Sod Turning  ceremony for the redevelopment of the Cricket Pitch of the University of Lagos Sports Centre.

The project is to cost at least N75 million.

The ceremony which was put together by the University of Lagos Cricket Alumni Association was in honour of a retired lecturer in the university, Prof. Adebola Kukoyi, who turned 80, on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kukoyi, a Professor of French, was an active member of the association during his days as a student and as a lecturer in the university.

He retired from the university in 2005.

Sagoe said that beyond honouring Kukoyi on his 80th birthday anniversary, the association felt there was the need to give back to the university of Lagos, which moulded them.

”The whole idea is to give back to cricket and make sure that in Unilag, it remains the sport of first choice and must not disappear from the extra curricular activities of the institution.

”That is very important, and we stand by it.

”The English Football Federation has a high performance centre at one of the universities in UK.

”This is the kind of relationship we want University of Lagos to have with the Nigerian Cricket Federation, whereby this place can be a high performance centre for Nigerian cricket as a whole,” Sagoe said.

He added that building a befitting cricket facility in honour of Kukoyi would be in appreciation to his immense contributions to the development of the sports in the institution.

”About seven weeks ago, when we put our heads together as a body of cricketers who played under his watch, for the upcoming birthday of Prof. Kukoyi who also imbibed some qualities in us, we felt the need to come up with what we are witnessing today.

”As at today, we have about 102 members, and we are still reaching out to others; the important thing about this is that all the members are happy that we got together to deliberate on how to celebrate Prof. Kukoyi.

”We thought deeply about the cricket facility here, that it will be good to renew it, and therefore we sought the consent of the university authorities to name it in his honour.

“We are very excited by the reception that we got from the vice chancellor and his management team,” he said.

Mr Uyi Akpata, Vice President Nigerian Cricket Federation and a member of the alumni association,   said at least N75 million would be needed to put in place a cricket pitch of international standards in the university.

Akpata, also the Chairman, Edo Cricket Association, added that the institution’s cricket alumni association was looking at positioning the institution as one of the best on the African continent, considering its recent ranking by Forbes as the third productive university in Africa.

”For the pitch which is the main one, it has to be completed within the next two months. We need to take advantage of the rainy season to do it so that planting can be done.

”To do the pitch itself with the underground watering system, irrigation, turf wickets and others, we are looking at a range of between N50 million  to N70 million, but it could be less if we would be assisted with equipment by other public-spirited individuals.

”Ultimately, it is a process, and we are targeting to do a formal opening ceremony around November.

”What we are looking at now is beyond this. It  is about how we are going to support the university going forward, support female cricketers and attract foreigners here to play cricket,” he said.

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, reiterated that part of his vision on assumption of office was to bring in friends and alumni to assist in building the institution.

”Here, we are talking about project, programme and person.

”In the last one or two weeks, there have been lots of activities; this is one of such activities that our vision has attracted to the university.

”This project, the cricket pitch, will be of international standards, and I can assure you that by next year, we shall begin to see foreigners come into the university to play cricket.

” We thank God for the life of Prof. Kukoyi who had been part of the cricket family since his days as a student and even when he was here as a lecturer and when he retired.

”He contributed to the development of these ‘boys’, and because of this, they want to honour him this way, not to him as an individual, but through him to the institution.

“I think I have taken some lessons from this,” Ogundipe said.

Also in his remarks, Kukoyi said he was overwhelmed and humbled by the gesture.

”I am indeed overwhelmed and surprised at this whole idea.

“I know the vice chancellor is a remarkable person, a man of substance, just like all others who are behind this.

“When they want to do something, they put in all their energy to it.

”With all these efforts, we are going to turn this place to an academy of sports,” he said.

Edited By: Ijeoma Pooola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Association trains 300 on school reopening strategies

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The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), FCT chapter, has begun capacity building for no fewer than 300 of its members following planned reopening of school.

The virtual training and workshop series scheduled to hold throughout July is aimed at empowering the members on schools re-opening strategies in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theme of the four-part series is: ”Re-opening: Insight series for NAPPS FCT schools”.

The training is held on the meeting app, Zoom webinar.

Mrs Olusola Bankole, the President of the chapter, said on Saturday during the webinar that the training was part of the association’s social responsibility.

She added that it was in support of the Federal Government’s plan to reopen schools, which were closed in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said the series of virtual trainings and workshops on schools reopening would take every aspect of health and safety into consideration.

”Other aspects of the webinar seminar are business continuity sessions and finance discussions peculiar to schools in FCT and the country in general,” she said.

Bankole said that over 300 schools registered for the first part of the series, with additional representation from school proprietors from Enugu, Nasarawa, Niger and Kaduna states.

”Apart from that, we also have over 100 public school principals and teachers from across the country in attendance.

”The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), FCT Chapter, wants to get her member-schools set for resumption.

”The executives had earlier initiated a series of thought-provoking and honest sessions, and the fallout of all that is the structured Zoom webinars.

”The health training contents are part of the guidelines intended for schools, it conforms to the standards of WHO and NCDC, and a team of experts are supporting,” she said.

Dr Bukola Dosunmu, a healthcare expert, said at the event that there was the need for schools to make their resumption plans to suit their peculiar structures.

She advised that each school should take its staff number and space capacity into consideration.

Mrs Ifechukwu Ezeani, a finance expert, urged participants to go back to the drawing board and come up with a needs assessment and incident management team.

She said that adopting new plans in the face of the pandemic would help in adaptability and smooth running of schools as a business entity.

Similarly, Coach  Sam Obafemi, a behavioural change expert, urged school proprietors to set aside sentiments and switch to survival mode.

He said that all schools should set long-term goals that would take into consideration survival methods in spite of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

”I would also advise school owners to suspend activities such as cultural and social events and strategise on ways they can minimise expenses.

”Schools should maximise disruptive technology, adopt best digital formats such as meeting physically twice a week and making the most of online or recorded classes,” he said.

A UK-based information technology expert, Mr Roland Sodeinde, noted that the older generation of learners  were digital immigrants while the new generation were digital natives.

He called on all the participants to maximise the use of free online resources to improve teaching and learning.

In her remarks, Mrs Samira Jibir, the Proprietor of Glisten International School, Jahi, Abuja, advised that everyone should pay attention to his or her psychological well-being.

She said that the association would explore profitable partnerships and work on getting palliatives for member-teachers.

She added that government rules on reopening of schools should be adhered to, urging that physical visits to schools should be minimised.

NAN reports that the association had supported the schools reopening plan of the Federal government during the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

No fewer than 300 persons comprising members of NAPPS from FCT, Enugu, Niger, Nasarawa and Kaduna chapters, as well as principals and teachers in public schools participated in the online meeting.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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Association wants hippopotamus killers in Kebbi prosecuted

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The Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Park (NAZAP) on Friday called on the Kebbi State Government prosecute those who recently  trapped and killed an hippopotamus in the state.

The association’s National President ,Mr Francis Abioye  told the News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri that the act violated the Convention International on Trade of Endangered Species law (CITES).

“The union is condemning in strong terms the killing of  an hippopotamus in Kebbi state and we want the relevant agency responsible for the protection of animal right to take immediate action.

“This must not be swept under the carpet because it will amount to mockery of the law and it is our responsibility to speak for the vulnerable and defenceless animals.

” It is unfortunate that those who killed the hippocampus took pictures with the dead animals and posted on social media and yet, non of them has been arrested or prosecuted,” he said.

Abioye  said  that the protection of endangered animals was one of the animal right law, adding that if killing of endangered animals was not discouraged, such animals would soon go into extinction.

He said that the association would want the Kebbi State Government to prosecute the killers to serve as deterrence to others.

Abioye,who expressed worry over the killing of endangered animals , said that  a similar incident   was recorded in Edo state where an  elephant was also killed.

NAN reports  that some fishermen in Samanabi town in Koko Besse Local Government of Kebbi state  were alleged to last month,June, killed an hippopotamus after trailing it for many months.

Edited /Ekemini Ladejobi

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COVID-19: Association calls for more youth participation in agribusiness

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The Tomato and Orchard Producers Association of Nigeria (TOPAN) on Friday called on the Federal Government to engage more youths to explore the business in agriculture during the pandemic.

Its President, Mr Job Oyeleke, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the only way to develop the economy would be determined by the number of youths in agribusinesses.

Oyeleke recalled that agriculture attained its current status, majorly, as a result of the trainings many youths underwent during Dr Akinwunmi Adesina’s tenure as Minister of Agriculture and now President of the African Development Bank (AfDB)p>

According to him, that era birthed the transformation in the sector that positioned agriculture to becoming the mainstay of the economy.

“I must commend the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for his commitment to ensuring that agriculture takes the centre stage in the economic recovery drive of the country.

“However, we cannot achieve much if the youth are not encouraged to grow in agribusinesses. I am a product of training – Youth Empowerment in Agriculture in 2013, as a young graduate.

“Then we were encouraged to see the business in agriculture. We were told to picture ourselves riding in air conditioned tractors; all in the bid to make agriculture look attractive.

“We can still do the same to get more youths engaged across the agriculture value chain, especially now that the pandemic has made countries rely on what they produce to sustain their economies,” Oyeleke said.

He highlighted some of the ways to attract youths into the sector as; access to trainings without hindrances; access to credit; good seeds; fertilisers and chemicals.

Oyeleke lauded the Federal Government and AfDB for supporting farmers so far while urging them to do more for youths to catalyse economic and food production growth.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Kebbi Sickle Cell association sensitises members on COVID-19 prevention

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The Kebbi State Sickle Cell Association (KESCA) says it had sensitised its members on measures to prevent them from contracting the Coronavirus disease.

The state Coordinator of the association, Hajiya Khadija Yahaya-Shantali, made this known while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

“The fear and anxiety of Covid-19 make us realize the importance of sensitizing our members and those with underlined medical condition within our communities.

“In the course of this year’s celebrations, the organization embarked on media awareness and sensitization campaigns as we distributed  face masks, hand sanitizers, reading materials as well as free routine drugs and some nutritional supplements to our members and those with underline health conditions.”

Yahaya-Shantali lamented that the COVID-19 pandemic had caused fears and anxiety nationwide and had disrupted many of their activities including weekly clinics.

“The emergence of Covid-19 made us shut down our office, because those with Sickle Cell Disorder are among those vulnerable to coronavirus.

“This is what made us think of strategies of encouraging and sensitizing our members and indeed those with underline medical health condition on how to live through this trying period,” she said.

Yahaya- Shantali said that it had been their tradition to join the world in celebrating the World Sickle Cell Day on June 19, each year.

“This year was not, therefore, exceptional despite the COVID-19 pandemic as we celebrated it with the theme: Living with sickle cell disorder and other underlying medical condition during COVID-19 pandemic.”

She stressed  that the focus of KESCA was to guide and save people living with sickle cell disorder in Kebbi.

“The association, since its establishment engages in advocacy to the government and other stakeholders to care for and support sickle cell patients in the state.

“Meanwhile, we are in constant contact with concerned groups and individuals to work together to ensure SCD free generation,” she said.

Yahaya-Shantali appealed to the state government to ensure the protection of children and individuals living with SCD by enacting the state sickle cell law.

“When the law is established, the life of individuals living with sickle cell disorder will be much easier, as well as in reducing the sickle cell circle in the state and indeed the country at large,” she said.

The coordinator commended the state government for giving them an enabling environment to operate.

She also thanked individuals as well as the KESCA team for their untiring support and donations. .

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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