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Company commits to training Nigerians on Basic Life Support



A Medical Communications Company, Monitor Healthcare Ltd., is set to train Nigerians on Basic Life Support (BLS) skills in order to equip more people to save lives during emergencies.

The Chief Executive Officer, Dr Femi Ogunremi, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Tuesday.

Ogunremi said that BLS was grossly lacking and responsible sometime for unnecessary deaths in the country.

“BLS is crucial in life-saving; as human beings, we have three minutes of grace for the brain to remain healthy if we stop breathing.

“After this period, the brain cells can be damaged permanently if there is no oxygen, which we get by breathing.

“The idea is for us to train people to be able to identify when there is a life-threatening situation that warrants need for airways to be maintained.

“Many times, members of public or people at workplace do not know what to do before the health care team arrives.

“In this environment, that might take a long time but if people are BLS-trained, they can help people in trouble to be alive until help comes; it is a necessity,’’ he said.

Ogunremi said that everyone including industries, work places, schools, among others, should have the knowledge of BLS and be trained to deliver it when needed.

According to him, the country will benefit from it and improve the quality of health care, in terms of saving lives.

“It is like a chain; you do your part and I do mine. This is key to creating a structure in our health care system.

“Also, improving quality of care is multifaceted and this is one of the facet; knowledge of appropriate care is one aspect that is key to the quality of delivery,’’ Ogunremi said.

He urged industries and companies to key into BLS trainings by providing adequate budget for it.

He also urged the management of the country’s health facilities to have standard operating procedures that flag the trainings up as mandatory for all their staff and possibly part of essentials for employment.

“BLS is tailored to the public and generalists. However, Advance Life Support (ALS) is crucial for the medical team to take it from basic support so that they can maintain lives of people.

“They can do this through various advanced skills to maintain and sustain life during life-threatening events like heart attack, collapse and so on,’’ Ogunremi said.

He said that the company had collaborated with various partners to bridge the gaps in the country’s health care system via training and other relevant activities.

He said, “For BLS and ALS, we work with our partners in the United Kingdom to deliver training that is accredited by European Resuscitation Council.’’

reports that the training will begin in October 2019 for health care professionals and members of staff of some organisations that have signed to be trained.

Edited by Adeleye Ajayi


South African healthcare company cross-lists on Rwanda Stock Exchange




South African healthcare company RH Bophelo (RHB) on Monday cross-listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) as it ventures into East Africa.

Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba, chief executive of the RSE, said in a statement issued here that the listing signals the diversification for investors in Rwanda and the region.

“This is a double plus and a major milestone to the nascent Kigali International Financial Center in its formation stage. It sends another message out there, that we can achieve capital formation from Africans, by Africans and for Africans,” Rwabukumba said.

Quinton Zunga, chief executive of RHB, said the company was excited by its position as the first private equity from outside the region to be listed on the young market.

“We believe this will provide investment opportunities to thousands of Rwandans and other regional investors willing to invest in the stock market since it now makes it convenient to invest in the company right here in Rwanda,” Zunga said.

As a healthcare centered investment company, RHB‘s goal is to make cross-listing part and parcel of its expansion strategy, he said.

The RHB is the ninth company to list on the Rwanda market and the first cross-listing from outside the East African region, according to the RSE.


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Kano Electricity Company warns customers against illegal reconnection



The Management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has warned customers against engaging quacks to reconnect their electricity when disconnected by the company’s technical staff.

This is contained in a statement signed by the KEDCOS’s Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Ibrahim Sani-Shawai, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Kano.

He said that it had become a recurring trend for some customers who default in payment to reconnect electricity illegally when cut off.

The spokesman said the company would no longer tolerate such acts from anyone, and had set up a monitoring team to curb the practice.

“We wish to state that such a criminal offence would, henceforth, be treated in line with the provisions made by law.

“Aside from the economic loss, it also endangers the lives and properties of our customers and staff,”  he said.

He appealed to customers to cultivate the habit of paying up their electricity bills as and when due.

According to him, this will enable KEDCO to generate revenue to meet its obligations to staff and ensure quality service delivery.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)



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Ondo Assembly calls for review of oil palm company policies



The Ondo State House of Assembly has called on the state government to review its policies and invest more on Araromi/Ayesan Oil Palm Plc, in Araromi Obu.

It said this was necessary in order to generate funds to the government coffer and create job opportunities for its citizenry.

Mr Olalekan Elegbeleye, the Chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, stated this during the committee’s oversight visit to the company on Friday in Araromi Obu in Odigbo Local Government area of the state.

Elegbeleye said that the palm oil company was a huge and useful asset, making revenue to the government.

He explained that there was need for government to pay more attention to it since the current administration was ready to invest in agriculture.

According to him, the palm seedlings needed by the company should be improved.

The Chairman said that security apparatus of the company would be strengthened.

Elegbeleye lauded the efforts of late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, for establishing the company and others for the future of youths of Southwest region, saying that such investment had reduced unemployment rate in the state.

 He said that the committee was encouraged by the company’s management efforts that kept it functioning.

Similarly, Mr Ademoye Aderoboye, a member of the committee, said that the company has been contributing meaningfully to the state government.

Aderoboye noted that there was need to improve on the subvention given to the company in order to cater for welfare of workers so that there would be increased productivity.

He promised that appropriate security would be provided so that the state could continue to benefit from the company.

Earlier, Mr Sola Ikumawoyi, the General Manager, said that the company was virile and could alleviate poverty and impact development of the state.

Ikumawoyi noted that the company had gone through transformation since its establishment, saying that the company’s current management had got improved seedlings from Thailand.

He added that the company had 500 direct staff as it was yearning to expand its workforce to 800 direct workers.

According to him, the company has 950 effective hectares of palm trees and has commenced gradual replacement of old palm trees.

Ikumawoyi said that the company needed more funds to operate, stressing that the company relied on diesel which cost five million naira per month since there was no power supply to the company.

“We have several challenges such as insecurity, inadequate funds and continued power outage.

“Some people do cart away our seeds and the stealing is still on-going though police are helping us,” he said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)




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Akande emerges Chairman of Ibadan LG Properties Company



Mr Kehinde Akande, the Caretaker Chairman, Ibadan South-West Local Government has emerged the new chairman of Ibadan Local Government Properties Company.

He emerged winner of an election conducted at a meeting of Caretaker Chairmen for local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Ibadanland on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ibadan Property Company is a business entity of all local governments and LCDAs in Ibadanland.

Akande defeated his co-contender, Mr Hameed Adekunle, the Chairman, Akinyele South LCDA with 16 votes to one.

Mr Ibrahim Akintayo, the Caretaker Chairman, Ibadan North-East Local Government, told newsmen after the meeting that 16 of the 17 chairmen present voted for Akande.

Akintayo said that the company was set up with the objective of trading in real estate businesses, while local government chairmen in Ibadaland are members of its board.

Akande, in his acceptance speech, appreciated Gov. Seyi Makinde for his forthrightness and commitment to see that Ibadan and the entire Oyo State was developed.

He commended the governor for proving his democratic credentials by directing the local government chairmen to pick the chairman of the company through democratic means.

“As the newly elected chairman of Ibadan Local Governments Properties Company, I am using this opportunity to thank Gov. Seyi Makinde for his forthrightness to see that Ibadan and Oyo State is developed.

“This is one of the developments our able governor is bringing to the state by asking all the chairmen to elect their chairman through democratic means,” he said.

Akande said that his vision was to start doing things the right way and put Ibadan in a good standing  in terms of development.

“Ours is going to be visionary and sustainable development for Ibadan, and I promise to entrench transparency which is the watchword of our able governor.

“Everything we do must be transparent and I promise everyone that we are going to be accountable in everything we will be doing,” he said.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Police,  Kano State Govt unseal Tiamin Rice Company



The Inspector -General of Police (I-G) Mohammed Adamu and the Kano State Government have unsealed the Tiamin Rice Company in Kano in compliance with a Federal High Court order.
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja had issued the order for the Rice Mill to be unsealed and handed over to the owners.
Counsel to rice mill, Mr Adegboyega Awomolo, (SAN) on Wednesday, told the court that all barricades erected at the company premises by the police had been removed.
Awomolo applauded the I-G for taking steps to ensure that the order was obeyed and that the rice factory reopened saying he had demonstrated loyalty to the Nigerian Constitution.
The Court had on May 21, threatened to jail the Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice as well as the state Commissioner of Police over the unlawful closure of the company.
It further warned that the duo would be guilty of contempt of court and will be committed to prison if they refused to obey the judgment and  unseal the company.
This was sequel to their refusal to appear before the court to explain why they sealed the company and stopped production without a lawful court order.
The Tiamin Rice Mill, Tiamin Multi-services Global Limited and Alhaji Aliyu  Ibrahim, had jointly dragged the I-G, Kano State Commissioner of Police, Kano state government and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to court seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.
They complained of unlawful closure of the company without court orders and prayed the court to order that it should be reopened.
Although the court ordered the four respondents to appear before it on April 27 to defend their actions, non of them appeared.
They  were also not represented by their lawyers in spite of being served notices and newspaper publications to that effect.
The court had also ordered that “the sealing of the rice processing mill and denial of lawful access without any court order constituted a violation of the owners’ fundamental rights under Sections 33, 34, 43 and 44 of the 1999 Constitution.
The court voided the action of the state government in sealing the company and stopping production without any notice or fair hearing, declaring it as an unlawful act.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Zambia government official clears Chinese company of employee abuse allegations




A government official in Chongwe district in Zambia’s Lusaka Province on Tuesday refuted reports of employee abuse by a Chinese company in the district.

Chongwe district commissioner, Robster Mwanza made the observation when he visited an agribusiness company, Chenguang Biotech Zambia Limited in Ntandabale ward of Chongwe district to verify the report by a whistleblower. He was accompanied by security personnel and a labour officer.

He, however, found out that the company was actually complying contrary to the reports. He, therefore, commended the company for its willingness to comply with the labour laws in the country.

Mwanza later told Xinhua that he was impressed with the company’s willingness to obey the labour laws. He also noted that the company was willing to continue obeying the COVID-19 preventive measures. He said that he did not see any reason why the reputation of the firm must be dented based on rumours.

He said that he was ready to recommend the closure of any firm that was violating the law, but stated that the case was not so with Chenguang Biotech Zambia Limited.

According to his findings, the company only decided to rotate the workers in shifts so that they work in periods of two weeks and lodge at the farm during the two weeks when they are on duty. He said that this was a good initiative which was meant to ensure that the COVID-19 spread is slowed or stopped.

He, therefore, advised other firms both local and foreign to emulate the level of compliance at Chenguang Biotech Zambia Limited. He said that this was key in ensuring that the companies remain in good books with the government.


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Japanese company under bribery investigation in Vietnam




Vietnamese authorities are investigating Tenma Vietnam, a subsidiary of Japan’s plastic product maker Tenma Corporation, for alleged bribing some 232,000 U.S. dollars to avoid tax arrears, Vietnam News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Vietnamese Minister of Finance Dinh Tien Dung has requested an urgent investigation into the allegations, the news agency reported. “This was an important issue related to the business investment environment as well as prevention of corruption,” Dung told the press on the sidelines of the National Assembly meeting on Monday afternoon.

In a same move, the police of northern Bac Ninh province where the company based have requested the provincial taxation and customs departments to provide all documents for the investigation, daily newspaper Tien Phong (Pioneer) reported.

The case of Tenma Vietnam came into the spotlight when Japanese media reported that the Vietnamese subsidiary gave a bribe of 25 million yen (about 232,000 U.S. dollars) to Vietnamese customs officials to avoid some 418 billion Vietnamese dong (18.1 million U.S. dollars) in tax duties between June 2017 and August 2019.

In a related development, Ngo Xuan Tong, Director of Bac Ninh Tax Department, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the allegation that tax officials received money from Tenma Vietnam was a unilateral report from Japanese media.

Further investigation is underway.

Tenma Vietnam was established in 2007 in northern Bac Ninh province with charter capital of 35 million U.S. dollars, fully contributed by the Japanese parent corporation, according to Vietnam News Agency. The company specializes in manufacturing and trading of plastic moulding components and plastic molds.


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New Zealand media company sold for one NZ dollar




Australian-owned New Zealand media company Stuff Limited, who operates the country’s largest news website, was sold to its chief executive Sinead Boucher for one New Zealand dollar, said the company on Monday.

With the management buyout being expected to complete by May 31, Stuff, which was owned by Australian media group Nine Entertainment, will regain a New Zealand ownership, said the company.

Direct proceeds from the sale will be one NZ dollar. Nine, however, will retain ownership of Stuff’s Petone printing plant site in Wellington and lease it back to Stuff. It will also receive an immediate and subsequent percentage of the proceeds from the sale of Stuff Fibre, completed on May 20.

“Nine will receive 25 percent of those proceeds before completion of the Stuff sale, plus up to a further 75 percent over the subsequent 36 months, depending on the Stuff business’ ability to raise funding,” said Nine at a statement to Australia stock market ASX.

“Today is an important moment for Stuff as a business,” said Boucher in a statement.

Stuff Limited operates the country’s largest news website, Stuff, and also owns nine daily newspapers, including New Zealand’s second and third-highest circulation daily newspapers, The Dominion Post and The Press, and the highest circulation weekly, Sunday Star-Times. (1 New Zealand dollar equals 0.61 U.S. dollar)


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New Zealand start-up company provides fast-track solution for COVID-19 immunity tests




A New Zealand start-up company is providing fast-track solution to reveal a person’s immunity to COVID-19, company executives told Xinhua on Saturday.

As countries look to restart their economy and re-embrace global exchange after the COVID-19 lockdown, they wish to only permit safe movement through borders, international and regional, for those who are immune to COVID-19.

New Zealand based Bio-science start-up Orbis Diagnostics owns a proprietary platform technology which was originally developed for measurement of progesterone in milk at extremely low concentrations. The company soon realized its technology could well be applied for COVID-19 tests that reveal a person’s immunity to the virus.

“It will detect whether a person has immunity to SARS-CoV2 not whether they are currently infected,” said Emerald Scofield, operations manager of Orbis.

The technology platform developed by Orbis was designed to be operated by non-technically trained staff working in open-air environments measuring large numbers of individuals quickly and inexpensively. These performance characteristics are similarly applicable to community-based screening in the COVID-19 scenario.

“Orbis’ capability to assess immunity at scale will also help prioritise those individuals who first should receive hoped-for future vaccines, monitor actual conferred immunity, and inform timing of booster shots or selection of alternative vaccines for those showing insufficient immunity,” said Brent Ogilvie, chief executive officer of Orbis.

It is understood that rapid strip antibody tests are not sophisticated enough to reveal the extent of a person’s immunity to COVID-19. Such tests only return a simple positive or negative result for circulating antibodies, which only indicates whether an individual has been infected.

The company is now adapting its immunoassay system for identification at scale from a finger prick of blood. It is planned that the quantifiable antibody status could be detected in 5-15 minutes.

With a market ready product within a year, Orbis anticipates that its technology could re-enable the movement of people during and post pandemic through identifying those who have immunity and those who are infectious, thus aiding a return to normality.


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