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‘It’ll reduce insecurity’ — Okowa urges herders to adopt ranching

Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, has urged cattle rearers to cooperate with the federal and state governments on the implementation of ranching systems.

The governor stated this on Friday when Samson Ayokunle, national president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), paid him a condolence visit over the death of his father, Arthur Okowa.

According to Okowa, ranching will improve income for herders, and also address concerns on insecurity.

“Here in Delta, we have long realised that the way to go is to find ways of enabling our people to acquire needed skills because everybody cannot get white collar jobs,” NAN quoted him to have said.

“So, beyond vocational training, we have placed a lot of emphasis on technical education and we are doing our best to reach out to our youths. We are glad that many of our youths are cooperating with us.

“I am glad that many of my counterparts in the north are now beginning to look toward the development of our nation, because they have spoken loudly in their last meeting concerning the issue of open grazing.

“We are glad to hear that, because that has been the voice mainly from the south, which has now been echoed by our counterparts in the north.

“And I am truly very glad that they have boldly come out to speak about that, because we must truly find ways to begin to encourage ranching.

“Ranching will be in the best interest of all Nigerians because it will improve the family income and reduce insecurity in the land.”

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● PIB may reduce Nigeria’s competitiveness, says Oil Producers

By Sanni Onogu, Abuja

In spite of the excessive hopes that the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would result in elevated income for the Federal Government, the International Oil Companies (IOC) on Monday warned that that the Bill may reduce Nigeria’s international competitiveness if handed in its present kind.

The IOCs represented by the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) raised the worry throughout a public listening to on the PIB, organised by the Senate Joint Committee on Petroleum (Upstream, Downstream and Gas) in Abuja.

The Chairman of the OPTS, Mike Sangster, mentioned: “We worry that if the PIB is handed in its present kind, it will not meet the authorities’s targets of making Nigeria the main vacation spot for oil and gasoline funding and the current shortage of funding – solely $3bn out of $70bn (representing 4 per cent) in Africa – will proceed.

“This lack of competitiveness is brought on partially by the excessive price of doing enterprise in Nigeria, with total venture prices and operations prices being 69% and 42% increased than the international common respectively.

“Nigeria’s Government Take additionally stays excessive and uncompetitive, exceeding that of most comparable prolific basins.

“A PIB, which safeguards existing projects and introduces competitive terms, is required to fully utilise the country’s resources for the benefit of all Nigerians.”

Sangster mentioned that after a diligent overview of the PIB, the OPTS lauds the “Federal Government’s efforts to introduce a comprehensive bill to address a number of issues affecting the operation of the industry.”

He mentioned that the OPTS noticed some optimistic provisions in the PIB which embrace: “Lower headline tax rates for onshore and shallow water oil development activities, gas production not subject to the new Hydrocarbon Tax (HT), and maintenance of current tax consolidation principles for the purpose of Companies Income Tax (CIT).”

He listed different advantages of the invoice to incorporate “optional conversion to new PIB, recognition of ongoing Deep water negotiation and commercialisation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)…”

Sangster added: “However, we now have additionally noticed that there are a variety of points in the PIB that stay of concern to the business.

“These issues have the potential to hinder the realisation of the PIB’s laudable objectives, to reduce Nigeria’s competitiveness and to deter the much-needed investments – especially tin Deepwater – to grow new projects.”

The areas of concern in line with the OPTS chief are Deepwater growth, lack of key enablers for home gasoline growth, preservation of base companies & rights and segregation of Upstream and Midstream deemed property.

Others are administrative complexities and absence of a strong dispute decision framework, capital allowances and deductions and preservation of earned rights and investments integrity for Marginal Fields.

However, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, mentioned that the PIB will make sure that Nigerians profit optimally from crude oil manufacturing and sale of fossil gas reserves.

According to the Senate President, the National Assembly in its consideration of the Bill would make sure that the regulation ensures improved income earnings for the nation.

Lawan mentioned: “Let me say this, we (National Assembly) will cross this invoice not with out guaranteeing that it is a invoice that satisfies sure circumstances.

“Nigeria is blessed with these resources; we want Nigeria to benefit optimally from them. In fact, we are in a hurry because we have lost so many years of benefits that we could have had.”

Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, famous that aside of the present COVID-19 disaster that has trigger the strongest recession expertise, the oil business is confronted with different vital challenges.

He mentioned: “Several nations have introduced their intent to conform with the Paris settlement 2016 and adopted local weather change policies by 2050 or 2060.

“This signifies that the usefulness of fossil gas will diminish considerably. Indeed
UK, South Korea, China, Brazil and some different nations fall inside this class.

“Global financing of fossil gas initiatives have additionally been affected with many investor nations and different main gamers inside the monetary ecosystem have reiterated their intention to cease funding initiatives becoming this description in 2025.

“This will inevitably impact the ability of industry players to access the needed funds with which we will bring assets into production and by extension reduce government’s revenue ordinarily.”

Group Managing Director of attempt NNPC, Melee Kyari, lamented that the oil business has not seen important investments and developments since 12 months 2000 until date.

When we began the journey to PIB in 2000 by the oil and gasoline reform committee, that was the starting of uncertainty in the business.

Since 2000 until this second, I may affirm that the business has not seen important investments and developments.

Kyari mentioned: “The motive could be very clear. We have stagnated and that stagnation we have to exit it like yesterday.

“20 years in the past, the high most corporations have been oil and gasoline corporations however at present the high most firm is a grocery store.

“In greater than 30 years to return, we will nonetheless be useful resource dependent in the sense that it is a creating nation and we now have 70 per cent of our inhabitants under 30 years of age.

“The PIB will bring us back into reckoning to take advantage of the resources that we have today so this country can make progress.”

On their half, the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, insisted on 10 p.c fairness shareholding in the three corporations to emerge from the commercialisation of the NNPC.

The National President of HostCom National, Dr. Benjamin Tamaranebi, mentioned:
“After 60 years of marginalization and bearing the brunt of the damaging impacts of exploration and exploitation.

“Today some states have began discovering and having fun with their pure sources however the oil producing states and HostCom are not envious of them subsequently our place is sacrosanct.

“It will be very absurd and economically very illogical to deprive HostCom the proper to fairness shareholding in each the institution of the NNPC Limited, the Commission, the Authority and the Boards.

“Rather than attempt to sell performing equity as stated in the 2020 PIB, no equity/asset is performing more than our Oil and Gas reserves.
This quest to take over complete control of all our National assets by a very unpatriotic few has to stop.”

Tamaranebi later instructed reporters that the provision that oil corporations ought to contribute 2.5 per cent of their working expenditure to the Host Community Development Trust Fund must also be elevated to 10 per cent.

On her half, President, Women in Energy Network (WIEN), Funmi Ogbue, that the provision that oil corporations ought to contribute 2.5 per cent of their working price to the host neighborhood growth belief fund is exorbitant in view of different taxes they’re presently paying.

Ogbue mentioned: “WIEN believes that 2.5% is too expensive. WIEN posits that a total of not more that 1% consistent with other statutory provisions like the Nigerian Local Content Act 2010; replace the current figure captured in the PIB.”

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Nigeria, China relations to reduce severe infrastructure deficits -Buhari

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye and  Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said the support  Nigeria was getting from China, including building of rails, roads, powers, defence and others was helping the country to reduce its infrastructure deficits.

The president stated this at State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience State Councillor and Foreign Minister, People’s Republic of China, Mr. Wang Yi.

“We thank China for its support to us in various ways –  in building of rail, road, power, defence, and many others. You are helping us to reduce our severe infrastructural deficits, and we are glad. There cannot be sustainable development without infrastructural development,” he said.

Buhari stated this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, where he  pledged that Nigeria would continue to honour its obligations in its relationship with China.

Yi applauded what he called “mutual trust and sound personal friendship” between President Buhari and President Xi Jinping of China, noting that “it has guided the bilateral relationship between our two countries.”

He said China loves to begin the year’s diplomatic work from Africa, and Nigeria was chosen as the first port of call in 2021, since the year marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has  opened talks with  China to have access to COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria.

Nigeria and China also signed an agreement to facilitate the monitoring and coordination of different bilateral pacts existing between both countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Geoffery Onyeamamade the disclosure yesterday in Abuja while briefing newsmen shortly after a bilateral meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi.

Yi  is in Nigeria on a working visit.

Onyeama recalled that China was of immense assistance to Nigeria at the advent of the pandemic, noting that the donation of protective equipment greatly affected the nation in the fight against COVID-19.

The minister said at this point when countries were discovering vaccines and China being one of them, Nigeria was engaging  the country in the area of access to the vaccine.

“We have received a lot of support from China in the area of personal protective equipment that they were very quick to provide us with and of course, with the vaccine discoveries now. China is also one of those countries that have been able to discover vaccines for COVID-19, so we are also engaging with China to also help with regards to access to vaccines for our people,” he said.

He said that they also discussed health issues and the global pandemic.


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Update: FG to cut back petrol worth by N5 from Monday

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The Federal Government has agreed to slash the pump worth of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), generally known as petrol, by N5 from Monday subsequent week.

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this whereas addressing newsmen on the finish of a closed door assembly with the organised labour on Tuesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stories that the assembly was necessitated by the rise of PMS from N160 per litre to N170 and the rise of electrical energy tariff.

Ngige mentioned that new worth of petrol template would come into impact from Monday subsequent week.

“Our dialogue was fruitful and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which is the most important importer and entrepreneurs of petroleum product and clients have agreed that there can be a slide down of the pump worth of PMS.

“The price cut will get us about N5 per litre and that the price cut will take effect from next Monday, a week from today,” he mentioned.

He famous that the worth discount was not meant to droop deregulation because it didn’t have an effect on the worth of crude oil.

He, nonetheless, mentioned that the NNPC as the principle importer has agreed that it could lower value like freight value and demurrage.

The minister famous that the brand new worth slash was a product of a joint committee of NNPC and labour representatives who look into methods of reducing prices.

Ngige additionally mentioned that authorities and labour have agreed to attend till the subsequent assembly on Jan. 25, 2021 on the side of electrical energy tariffs.

He added that that is to allow the particular committee coping with complaints to conclude their deliberations.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) mentioned the assembly was fruitful.

Wabba mentioned that the Federal Government has agreed to a discount within the worth of petrol.

(NAN)

Update: FG to scale back petrol worth by N5 from Monday

The Federal Government has agreed to slash the pump worth of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), generally known as petrol, by N5 from Monday subsequent week.

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this whereas addressing newsmen on the finish of a closed door assembly with the organised labour on Tuesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that the assembly was necessitated by the rise of PMS from N160 per litre to N170 and the rise of electrical energy tariff.

Ngige stated that new worth of petrol template would come into impact from Monday subsequent week.

“Our dialogue was fruitful and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which is the most important importer and entrepreneurs of petroleum product and clients have agreed that there shall be a slide down of the pump worth of PMS.

“The price cut will get us about N5 per litre and that the price cut will take effect from next Monday, a week from today,” he stated.

He famous that the value discount was not meant to droop deregulation because it didn’t have an effect on the value of crude oil.

He, nonetheless, stated that the NNPC as the principle importer has agreed that it will minimize value like freight value and demurrage.

The minister famous that the brand new worth slash was a product of a joint committee of NNPC and labour representatives who look into methods of slicing prices.

Ngige additionally stated that authorities and labour have agreed to attend till the subsequent assembly on Jan. 25, 2021 on the side of electrical energy tariffs.

He added that that is to allow the particular committee coping with complaints to conclude their deliberations.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) stated the assembly was fruitful.

Wabba stated that the Federal Government has agreed to a discount within the worth of petrol. (NAN)


Update: FG to scale back petrol worth by N5 from Monday

The Federal Government has agreed to scale back the pump worth of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), often called petrol, by N5 from Monday subsequent week.

FG to scale back petrol worth by N5 from Monday

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this whereas addressing newsmen on the finish of a closed-door assembly with the organised labour on Tuesday in Abuja.

The assembly was necessitated by the rise of PMS from N160 per litre to N170 and the rise in electrical energy tariff.

Ngige mentioned that the brand new worth of petrol template would come into impact from Monday subsequent week.

“Our discussion was fruitful and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which is the major importer and marketers of petroleum product and customers have agreed that there will be a slide down of the pump price of PMS.

“The price cut will get us about N5 per litre and that the price cut will take effect from next Monday, a week from today,” he mentioned.

He famous that the worth discount was not meant to droop deregulation because it didn’t have an effect on the worth of crude oil.

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Recession: Reduce salaries, allowances of political office holders now, Niger APC Chieftain tells Gov Bello

John Adams, Minna

As Nigeria enters into it worst recession in history, a former Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism and Chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa has advised the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello to immediately slash the salaries and allowances of political office holders in the state if the government must cope with the present Economic realities.

“We can not pretend that things are bad and especially now that the country seems to have practically entered into worst recession in history, so the present situation and structure calls for drastic adjustments in all aspect of our lives”.

Vatsa, a Chieftain of APC and former publicity secretary of the party in the state stated this in Minna on Saturday while reacting to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) latest report that the country has entered it worst recession in history, saying that the only option left for government at all levels now is “a holistic structural adjustment” to be able to cope with the present realities.

Vatsa who is the Coordinator, Public Affairs to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello believed that the first step towards coping with the present situation is to immediately slash both the salaries and allowances of all categories of public office holder, “including my humble self. That is the first step”.

According to him, “by so doing the government would be able to fund all ongoing projects, especially roads projects across the state and pay civil servants their salaries”, adding that the idea of looking for other source of funding for ongoing projects in terms of loan “will be a suicide mission for the government”.

It could be recalled that the governor had in his budget speech before house of assembly last week disclosed that the government is exploring various funding arrangements for the completion of road projects across the state in addition to seeking necessary attention from the Federal Government to do the needful on its Roads that crisscross the State.

But Vatsa pointed out that any other source of funding for the ongoing roads projects in the state amount to taking loan which he insisted is not healthy for the government, rather “am advising the governor to first of all slash the salaries and allowances of all of us holding political office in the state.

“From the governor to the lowest person holding political office in the state should be ready to make some sacrifices. This present economic situation in the country calls for practical approach to governance”.

On the current economic situation in the country, Vatsa said the ruling All Progressive Congress must apologize to Nigerians because “honestly speaking this is not what we promised Nigerians. Something went wrong somewhere and I think we must be courageous enough to apologize to Nigerians who believed in us and voted for in 2015 and 2019.

“The way things are now, we no longer have any other excuse to give rather than to apologize to Nigerians. Some people might not be comfortable with my opinion but that is the hard truth”, he submitted.

Also on the current security situation in the state and the country in general, Vatsa said, “we are faced with the worst security challenge in history as a state and as a country. The system has collapsed and its only God that will help this country.

“The biting hardships is fueling insecurity in the country. We all that and unfortunately the security agents are well over stretched, you can’t give what you don’t have. We are at a cross road as a nation”.


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FG’s earnings reduce by 60%, amidst low oil prices, poor FIRS receipts, says Sylva

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, says Federal Government’s earnings, from oil and non-oil sectors coupled with low revenue receipts from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), have dropped by 60 percent, putting the nation’s economy under serious pressure.

Sylva stated this after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, on Monday.

He particularly noted that the revenue being generated by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) had also reduced drastically due to the negative consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The minister, who spoke to State House correspondents after his routine briefing of the president, acknowledged that the current socio-economic challenges had made life more difficult for Nigerians while appealing for more understanding as the government was determined to uplift the quality of life of the people.

The minister also assured that Nigerians would get used to the recent deregulation of the pump price of PMS, just as they did with kerosene and diesel which are more important to ordinary citizens than petrol, which is mostly used by the elite.

According to him, trucks that move food items from one part of the country to another use diesel, while kerosene also used by most of the Nigerian masses, has since been deregulated.

”The only explanation for everything we have said is that the country just could not afford subsidy anymore. It is unfortunate we are experiencing some of these things now. We will get by, I am sure when things stabilize, our earnings begin to improve, we will begin to see the benefits of what this government has done”, he said.

On the sudden increase in the price of petrol, he said: “Let us first agree, that these are not the best of times not only for Nigeria but for the global community.

“What we have said over and over again as a government is that government is no longer in the business of fixing pump price, that is the meaning of deregulation and stepping back on subsidy.

“Yes, we are very aware that this will result in some increase, but why do we have to do this, because it is clearly impossible for the government to continue to subsidize”, the minister further said.

He added: ”I was just discussing with someone today that we just have to make a choice. If the government were to continue with a subsidy, it means, for example, that at some point we may not even have money, after subsidizing petrol, to pay salaries. You have to choose from. It is very clear that today things are not as they were before”.

Sylva reiterated that the government’s earnings have reduced by 60 percent, ”our FIRS collection has also reduced because less oil is being produced, there is less activity in the oil industry which is driving the economy. So you find out it is a double whammy from all sides”.

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”Reduce your bleaching cream” – Between Dayo Amusa and a follower

Seasoned actress cum producer, Dayo Amusa who is a force to reckon with, having made a great impact in the Nigerian movie the industry is currently trending online

Dayo Amusa has been tackled by some fans who feel she is bleaching her skin.

The Actress Born to a family of five shared a beautiful photo of herself on her Instagram page and highlighted her supposed ‘flawless glowing’ skin but some fans had other ideas.

Sharing the photo, she wrote:

”Reduce your bleaching cream” - Between Dayo Amusa and a follower

I’ve been asked so many times my beauty routine, especially what I use on my face, giving me my bright flawless glowing skin 👌

Keep up on this TL as I will be sharing some tips & introducing products used😋 Like I always love to Try & Test before attesting

However, some fans feel the thespian is ‘Bleaching’ her skin and they advised her to reduce her cream.

One follower wrote ;

Dayo reduce your bleaching cream Oooo. You can not white like oyinbo na. Easy Oooo skin cancer Ooo ♋️

The actress then replied ;

Worry less 😊 Problem temi niyen

”Reduce your bleaching cream” - Between Dayo Amusa and a follower


#Reduce #bleaching #cream #Dayo #Amusa #follower
”Reduce your bleaching cream” – Between Dayo Amusa and a follower

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We’ll cancel third term if private schools don’t reduce fees – Kano

The Kano State Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Kiru, on Thursday, threatened to cancel the third term in the state if proprietors of private schools fail to reduce their school fees by at least 25 per cent before November 1, 2020, PUNCH reports.

The Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Aliyu Yusuf, in a statement, said the state would be left with no other option than to cancel the third term of the 2019/2020 academic session if the proprietors fail to adhere to the directive of the state government.

In the statement, he explained that the decision of the Ministry became necessary in view of the ongoing difficult economic situation, following the lockdown due to the menace of COVID -19 which affected both the socio-economic position of the general public.

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Recall that the Kano State Government had directed the reopening of private and public schools from October 11, 2020, after over six months of closure due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

According to the resumption schedule, the first three weeks would be used for the conduct of the second term examination, while the third term 2019/2020 academic session commences thereafter.

#cancel #term #private #schools #dont #reduce #fees #Kano
We’ll cancel third term if private schools don’t reduce fees – Kano

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Global move to reduce hunger, poverty

As more go hungry and malnutrition persists, achieving zero hunger by 2030 is in doubt, according to the United Nations. However, there are moves to reduce hunger and poverty, DANIEL ESSIET reports.

More people are going hungry, according to the United Nation’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. The report estimated that almost 690 million people went hungry last year – up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World is the most authoritative global study tracking progress towards ending hunger and malnutrition. It is produced jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In response to this, 10 African Heads of State have urged other world leaders to increase their funding to IFAD or risk jeopardising Sustainable Development Goal targets for eradicating poverty and hunger, particularly in Africa.

“We share IFAD’s vision of vibrant rural communities where people live free from poverty and hunger,” wrote the leaders of Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo in letters to their counterparts in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

“Investing in building the resilience of rural people is now more important than ever in order to secure food supplies, safeguard rural livelihoods, ensure that progress made over the years is not lost and prevent more rural people from falling into poverty and hunger”.

Right now, Africa is addressing conflict, changing weather patterns, pests and the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19. Hunger levels on the continent are twice the world average.

IFAD is the only multilateral development organisation soley dedicated to eradicating rural poverty and hunger. In the letters, the African leaders called for a significant increase in contributions to IFAD’s Twelfth Replenishment (IFAD12) – a year-long consultative process during which Member States come together to agree on strategic directions and mobilise funds for IFAD to provide as concessional loans and grants to developing countries.

“This support from the African Heads of State is a testimony to the real impact IFAD is having on the lives and livelihoods of rural people in these countries,” said IFAD’s Associate Vice President for External Relations and Governance, Marie Haga. “Their support demonstrates the importance of investing in rural areas to achieve national food security, environmental sustainability and economic development which has a monumental impact on global stability and resilience.”

About 75 per cent of the world’s poorest live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods. In the letters, African leaders highlight the immense potential of African agriculture and the strong evidence that investing in agriculture is one of the most effective ways of reducing poverty.

IFAD aimed to deliver an overall programme of work of $10 billion for the IFAD12 period (2022–2024), with over half of investments allocated to Africa. This would help more than 140 million small-scale producers increase their production and raise their incomes through better market access and resilience, contributing to creating jobs and improving food security and nutrition for those most at risk of being left behind.

“A successful replenishment has the potential to unlock billions of dollars in financing to transform rural economies and food systems around the world, as well as enable IFAD to double its impact by 2030 and contribute to ending poverty and hunger,” wrote the leaders.

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Global move to reduce hunger, poverty

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Group Calls On Gov't To Increase Taxes For Tobacco, Alcohol Companies To Reduce Patronage

Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is calling on the government to as a matter of urgency increase taxation for Tobacco, alcohol, as well as Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) companies to trigger the increase in prices of the commodities to deter its use.

The Advocacy group on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, launched a tobacco industry index report highlighting the alarming usage of the product and alcohol in the country.

The findings in the report of the survey which was conducted in selected communities in the Greater Accra Region have revealed that the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and SSBs are on the ascendency, largely because of its cheapness, availability, and accessibly.

Stressing on the Negative health outcomes from the use of tobacco, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened products, Mr. Divine Darlington Logo who is with the Research Division of the Ghana Health Service has defended the need for a tax increase for the producing companies.

“We are suggesting that cost-effective measure for the control of these is the increase of tax. So we are suggesting to the government; we do not have any law even banning sugar sweetening beverages in Ghana. We have a policy and we want it to be well enforced.

“We are calling for an increase in tax measures so the coming 2021 budget that is going to come we want to see the tax on Tobacco products increased, same for alcohol and sugar sweetening beverages”, Mr. Divine Darlington told journalists on the sidelines of the launch of the report.

On his part, Programmes Director of Vision for Alternative Development, Labram Musah who spearheaded the survey disclosed that industries continue to interfere with public health policies especially when it comes to tobacco control, making it difficult for the needed regulations to be adopted and enforced.

While reiterating to the government to adopt the increase in taxes for the tobacco and other industries producing products that threatening the lives of citizens, he has charged the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to ensure the effective implementation of the TC law especially the section that protects minors from smoking and exposure to tobacco, alcohol, and SSBs.

Mr. Labram Musah and VALD also want the government to adopt the alcohol regulations and develop policies/regulations on SSBs.

Officially launching the tobacco industry index report, the vice-chair of Ghana Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance, Ad-Adams added to the call on government while emphasizing that the time for action is now to avoid needless deaths.

“We must act now to prevent these needless deaths from the unhealthy commodities such as tobacco products, alcohol, sugary sweetening products in the country. The Ghana NCD Alliance aligns itself with the vision of Alternative Development to battle this menace in the country”, he noted.

Alarming facts on the use of tobacco, alcohol, and SSBs globally and in Ghana:

Tobacco use remains the single greatest cause of preventable death globally but it continues to kill close to half of its users, contributing to more than 8 million deaths every year according to WHO

Over 3 million deaths occur every year due to the harmful use of alcohol representing 5.3 deaths of all deaths globally. Harmful alcohol use is a risk factor for more than 200 diseases and injuries (WHO)

In 2016 alone, more than 340 million children and adolescents globally aged 5-19 were overweight or obese, and associated with high intake of SSB (WHO 2015)

As a result of the rise in the use of Tobacco, Alcohol, and SSBs and their concern for public health, many countries are taking tax measures as the most cost-effective means to control and reduce consumption alongside other public health measures.

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Group Calls On Gov't To Increase Taxes For Tobacco, Alcohol Companies To Reduce Patronage

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How 2020 Arise Walk For Life Will Reduce Spread of COVID-19—Iluyomade

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Convener of the yearly Arise Walk For Life, Mrs Siju Iluyomade, has assured participants and Nigerians that the 2020 edition of the event will further help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos on Sunday, October 11, 2020, she encouraged Nigerians to partake in the walk, assuring them of safety.

The 2020 edition of Arise Walk For Life is themed #StayingAlive and will take place on Saturday, October 17 across the globe.

“You can just walk in a cluster of 25 but you must maintain social distance in the process,” the wife of a popular cleric, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David Parish, Lagos, said at the media briefing held at the Four Point By Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

She noted that the event, which started over 10 years ago, will commence at 7:00am in over 50 clusters across Nigeria, London, the United States of America, Canada and various isolation centres.

According to her, personalities expected at the walk are the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sports and Super Eagles legend, Daniel Amokachi; Olympic Gold medallist and sports administrator, Mary Onyali; former deputy governor of Lagos State and Special Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mrs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire; DJ Humility, DJ Xclusive, Kaffy, DJ Cuppy, Bimbo Akintola, Nathaniel Bassey, Peter Rufai, amongst others.

Mrs Iluyomade further said, “Arise Walk For Life means to get up, keep yourself alive and walk,” noting that Africa recorded a few cases of COVID-19 because Africans do regular walk and this strengthens their hearts and makes them to burn calories in the process.

“Walking eliminates joint aches and boosts the immune system, which is why COVID-19 is limited in Africa,” the convener of Arise Women, a purely humanitarian foundation and organisers of the programme, told journalists yesterday.



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How 2020 Arise Walk For Life Will Reduce Spread of COVID-19—Iluyomade

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Elisha Abbo begs court to reduce N50m assault fine

Senator Elisha Abbo has begged the Abuja High Court who asked him to pay N50m as damages to a lady he assaulted physically at a sextoy shop in 2019.

It can be recalled that the court gave the order on September 28, following a fundamental rights suit filed by Warmate.

In the appeal filed today , October 8, 2020, Abbo stated that the case was a simple assault, and the N50million award was excessive.

The senator had earlier tendered an apology to the woman, days after the assault but non was approved.

He mentioned that regardless of the provocation, his action did not portray him a good ambassador of the Senate, the PDP and the youths of Nigeria.

he said;

“It is with a deep sense of remorse and responsibility that I, Senator Ishaku Abbo profoundly apologize to all Nigerians, the Senate, the Peoples Democratic Party, my family as well as our mothers- the Nigerian women. “I personally apologize to Babra (the lady he reportedly assaulted) and her family for my action which has brought immense discomfort to our body polity.”

“l have never been known or associated with such actions in the past. Regardless of what transpired prior to my expression of anger, I am sincerely sorry and plead that all men and women of good conscience should have the heart to forgive me. To err is human, to forgive is divine.”

“To the Church of God everywhere in the world, I am sorry. As an Ambassador of Christ, much is expected of me. My family and religious upbringing do not give approval to such conduct and for this, as a leader, I seek forgiveness before God and all those who feel offended by my action. “

“Indeed, this episode has taught me a very great lesson both as a private citizen and a public officer particularly as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria upon whom public confidence is reposed.”

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Elisha Abbo begs court to reduce N50m assault fine

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Oyo launches ‘T’omo Ti’ya’ initiative to reduce maternal, neonatal mortality

Oyo Government, yesterday, launched the ‘T’omo Ti’ya’  initiative, an effort aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality rate in the state.

The programme, which was inaugurated at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, equally aimed at improving the quality of reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child healthcare across the state.

Governor Seyi Makinde, represented by his deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, said the initiative aimed, among other things, to reduce maternal mortality rate by 30 per cent and neonatal mortality rate by 20 per cent.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, said following the launch of the initiative, the number of  birth  in the state would  increase by 30 per cent while the healthcare facility utilisation would also rise to 60 per cent.

While inaugurating the steering and technical working committees, the governor stated that members  would oversee all the reproductive, maternal, newborn and Child health (RMNCH) programmes in the state, while giving insights into the direction things should go.

He assured that the state, through the initiative, would meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) number three, which targets improving maternal health.

“The T’omo Ti’ya’ initiative as the name suggests is for mother and child. It is one key way through which we will be meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) number three, which targets improving maternal health. Our plan is to ensure that qualitative maternal and child healthcare services are offered at minimal cost. This will enable us meet the objectives of this initiative.

“We are aware that in 2023, when this administration will be winding down, there will be another NDHS report. When that report comes out, we would like to see drastic reductions in these negative indices. Our goal is to reduce maternal mortality by 30 per cent and reduce neonatal, infant and child mortality by 20 per cent in Oyo State.”

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, said the initiative was meant to ensure the welfare of the women before, during and after birth, particularly the new life they are bringing forth.

He said the state was committed to improving the health sector and changing the undesirable indices recorded in the National Child Health. The Commissioner further hinted that the government would  work towards seeing that every pregnant woman is insured with the support of local governments.


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Oyo launches ‘T’omo Ti’ya’ initiative to reduce maternal, neonatal mortality

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