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OK Foods introduces Pure Bliss premium cookie

Bukola Adebayo Nigeria-based manufacturing company, OK Foods, has introduced a new product into the Nigerian market. Called the Pure Bliss premium milk cookies, the manufacturers said it was the third launch in the Pure Bliss range after the Pure Bliss milk c
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OK Foods introduces Pure Bliss premium cookie

Bukola Adebayo Nigeria-based manufacturing company, OK Foods, has introduced a new product into the Nigerian market. Called the Pure Bliss premium milk cookies, the manufacturers said it was the third launch in the Pure Bliss range after the Pure Bliss milk cream wafers and Pure Bliss rich cocoa biscuits. According to a statement  signed by […]

CHI’s N500m rights issue, opportunity for rational investors – CEO

Stanley Opara The N500m rights issue of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc has been described as a huge opportunity for Nigerian investors seeking good yields on their investments. The Chief Executive Officer, Consolidated Hallmark Insurance, Mr. Eddie Efeko
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CHI’s N500m rights issue, opportunity for rational investors – CEO

Stanley Opara The N500m rights issue of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc has been described as a huge opportunity for Nigerian investors seeking good yields on their investments. The Chief Executive Officer, Consolidated Hallmark Insurance, Mr. Eddie Efekoha, said this while addressing newsmen on the opening of the capital raising. He disclosed that the company had […]

Pregnant man denied access to free social benefits in Finland

A pregnant man in Finland born as a woman, who later started a sex correction process to stay with another man has met problems with the Finnish social security system, media reports said on Saturday. The couple who are in their 30s wanted a baby and the man
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Pregnant man denied access to free social benefits in Finland

A pregnant man in Finland born as a woman, who later started a sex correction process to stay with another man has met problems with the Finnish social security system, media reports said on Saturday. The couple who are in their 30s wanted a baby and the man had interrupted his hormonal sex correction treatment […]

How Eagles can beat Zambia –Adepoju

Idris Adesina Tunisia ’94 Africa  Cup of Nations winner, Mutiu Adepoju, has said  Zambia could shock  Nigeria  in their  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo on Saturday  if the Super  Eagles fail to play as a team.  Group B leaders with 10 points
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How Eagles can beat Zambia –Adepoju

Idris Adesina Tunisia ’94 Africa  Cup of Nations winner, Mutiu Adepoju, has said  Zambia could shock  Nigeria  in their  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo on Saturday  if the Super  Eagles fail to play as a team.  Group B leaders with 10 points   Nigeria will qualify for their sixth World Cup with a win […]

THE MAFIA OF COURSE 3

ERIC TENIOLA As Minister of Defence between 1960 and 1965, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu, who hailed from Balala in the present Adamawa State, took two major decisions. One controversial and the other non-controversial in his Nigerianisation agenda of the Nigerian
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THE MAFIA OF COURSE 3

ERIC TENIOLA As Minister of Defence between 1960 and 1965, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu, who hailed from Balala in the present Adamawa State, took two major decisions. One controversial and the other non-controversial in his Nigerianisation agenda of the Nigerian Army. Let us treat the controversial one first. The last British Commandant of the Nigerian Army, […]

Kidnapping: Wike releases armoured personnel carriers to police

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, said on Friday that his administration had handed over four armoured personnel carriers to the Nigerian Police to tackle cases of kidnapping on two highways in the state. Wike also stat
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Kidnapping: Wike releases armoured personnel carriers to police

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, said on Friday that his administration had handed over four armoured personnel carriers to the Nigerian Police to tackle cases of kidnapping on two highways in the state. Wike also stated that the requisite logistics and funding had been provided for security agencies to man […]

For the love of diamonds

Frequently dressed in costly attire, these sophisticated women lend credence to the saying that diamonds are a woman’s best friend. High-priced, they have the choicest collection of diamond jewellery that they are never tired of showing off. BUKOLA BAKARE a
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For the love of diamonds

Frequently dressed in costly attire, these sophisticated women lend credence to the saying that diamonds are a woman’s best friend. High-priced, they have the choicest collection of diamond jewellery that they are never tired of showing off. BUKOLA BAKARE and TOFARATI IGE take a look at the diamond-loving elite Sade Okoya Married to billionaire businessman, […]

Moro elders petition FG, say our LG not under Ilorin emirate

Success Nwogu,  Ilorin Some leaders of Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State have petitioned the Presidency,  National Assembly,  the Kwara State Governor,  Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, and security agencies, claiming that no part of Moro LGA belongs to t
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Moro elders petition FG, say our LG not under Ilorin emirate

Success Nwogu,  Ilorin Some leaders of Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State have petitioned the Presidency,  National Assembly,  the Kwara State Governor,  Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, and security agencies, claiming that no part of Moro LGA belongs to the Ilorin Emirate led by the Emir of Ilorin,  Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari. The members under Moro Concerned […]

PDP wins Gombe bye-election

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Alhaji Kawuwa Malala, has been declared the winner of Dukku North Constituency bye-election into the Gombe State House of Assembly. The Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Saidu, announced the results in Malala, Dukku Loc
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PDP wins Gombe bye-election

The Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Alhaji Kawuwa Malala, has been declared the winner of Dukku North Constituency bye-election into the Gombe State House of Assembly. The Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Saidu, announced the results in Malala, Dukku Local Government Area of the state on Sunday. He said Malala polled 7,060 votes to defeat his opponent […]

Saraki, Dogara visit Buhari in UK, Oluwo calls for prayers

Olalekan Adetayo and Femi Makinde The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday visited ailing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja House, London. The visit came over 100 days after
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Saraki, Dogara visit Buhari in UK, Oluwo calls for prayers

Olalekan Adetayo and Femi Makinde The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday visited ailing President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja House, London. The visit came over 100 days after Buhari left Nigeria for the British capital for his second medical vacation since he […]

Don’t fight Fury, Holyfield warns Joshua

Anthony Joshua must forget all about the idea of fighting Tyson Fury and concentrate on a much more serious contest, according to former boxing icon Evander Holyfield, DailyMail reports. Joshua has been linked with an all British bout with Fury the next time
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Don’t fight Fury, Holyfield warns Joshua

Anthony Joshua must forget all about the idea of fighting Tyson Fury and concentrate on a much more serious contest, according to former boxing icon Evander Holyfield, DailyMail reports. Joshua has been linked with an all British bout with Fury the next time he steps into the ring, with both camps talking up a potential […]

LASG restricts movement

The Lagos State Government has announced restriction of vehicular movement in the state on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in view of the election that will hold across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas of the state. In a press release
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LASG restricts movement

The Lagos State Government has announced restriction of vehicular movement in the state on Saturday, July 22, 2017, in view of the election that will hold across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas of the state. In a press release on Sunday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve […]

Funtuna unveils hard-boiled, coloured eggs

Anna Okon Funtuna Food and Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Funtuna Holdings Group, has introduced a new innovation into its egg production process. The firm, a member of International Egg Commission, said it was inspired by trends witnessed during an intern
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Funtuna unveils hard-boiled, coloured eggs

Anna Okon Funtuna Food and Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Funtuna Holdings Group, has introduced a new innovation into its egg production process. The firm, a member of International Egg Commission, said it was inspired by trends witnessed during an international food exhibition to introduce the first-ever coloured boiled eggs into the Nigerian market. Speaking […]

World Earth Day and Nigeria for Science

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 with various worldwide events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In commemoration of the day this year, over 600 countries across the world took to the streets for 'March for

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World Earth Day and Nigeria for Science

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 with various worldwide events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In commemoration of the day this year, over 600 countries across the world took to the streets for 'March for Science'. Our dear country, Nigeria was one of the countries that participated in the march and took a stand for science.

The event was organised in Abuja, Nigeria, by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with other ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government; the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA); National Orientation Agency (NOA); the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa, Nigeria Chapter and a non-profit institution based at Cornell University, New York, the Cornell Alliance for Science.

The 'March for Science' drew participants from the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF); National Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS); FCT Department of Science and Technology; Academic Union of Research Institutes (ASURI); ECOWAS; a private agricultural solution firm, CONTEC Global and other scientific officers, who marched from the Eagle Square to the Unity Fountain and back. There was also a media parley and a tour of NABDA facilities at the agency's headquarters on Airport Road, Abuja.

Addressing participants at the Unity Fountain, the permanent secretary of the science and technology ministry, Mrs Belema Wakama, said the march provided an opportunity for scientists and science supporters to take a stand and highlight the immense benefits available for Nigerians in science.

"We are here to remind you that we live in the age of science. The life of everyone of us is highly dependent on the scientific inventions, innovations and modern day technologies. Science has changed the lives of people largely which as we all know have been deployed to every aspect of modernization and in sectors like agriculture, medicine, environment, education, industry, electricity, aviation, information, etc. for both the developed and developing nations," she said.

Wakama noted that science is revolutionary as it holds the key to constant development and improvement for addressing climate change, food shortage and challenges in medicine, stressing that the march provided yet another opportunity for supporters of science to come together, join voices to amplify available evidence-based solutions for the nation to adopt to ensure food security especially with its growing population.

According to her, "at the current population of over 180 million people and projected population of 400 million people by 2050, Nigeria is faced with the risk of decreased farming population due to age; decreased arable land; poverty; malnutrition and hunger because the conventional method of agriculture can no longer meet up with our demand. Science holds the solution to our food security."

Saying a country that cannot feed herself cannot have self-pride, she pointed out that the issue of food security required all hands to be on deck for the reconstruction, revival and rejuvenation of our agricultural sector.

The permanent secretary represented by the director of bioresearches and technology at the ministry, Abayomi Oguntunde, stated that agricultural biotechnology and genetic improvement is recognised all over the world as a solution to food security, adding scientific and regulatory agencies around the world had repeatedly and consistently found crops and foods improved through biotechnology to be safe.

Earlier in her remarks, the director-general of NABDA, Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, said the ultimate goal of the march was to ensure that scientific integrity played an important role in government decisions that affect everyone, from funding research for evidence-based policy making to regulation recommendations.

She said the march also aimed to highlight the vital role science plays in our lives and take a stand on it; to build capacity, gain publicity and demonstrate strength and solidarity in science to decision makers; to re-emphasis the role of science in national development; to help scientists and communities they serve work together in improving science education, communication and access.

Other objectives of the march, according to her, include to create awareness and sensitise the public on the many ways that science serves our communities and our world and also encourage the public to value and invest in science, appreciate and engage with science; to speak up because research is not gaining enough support it needs to drive the plan to revitalise Nigeria's agricultural sector; to create an open, honest science communication inclusive public outreach and to affirm science as a democratic value.

Speaking to journalists, the OFAB in Africa, Nigeria chapter coordinator, Dr Rose Gidado, said the aim of the 'March for Science' in Nigeria was to persuade the nation to adopt pervasive technologies especially biotechnology.

"We are narrowing the aim of this march down to biotechnology so we can use this technology, the genetic modification tool, in combating the challenges of global warming, desert encroachment, insect and pest infestation of farmers' farmland. This technology is the only tool that the breeders have been able to find useful; they have used it and they find it useful to be able to overcome these global warming challenges," Gidado said.


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Wakama noted that science is revolutionary as it holds the key to constant development and improvement for addressing climate change, food shortage and challenges in medicine, stressing that the march provided yet another opportunity for supporters of science to come together, join voices to amplify available evidence-based solutions for the nation to adopt to ensure food security especially with its growing population.

According to her, "at the current population of over 180 million people and projected population of 400 million people by 2050, Nigeria is faced with the risk of decreased farming population due to age; decreased arable land; poverty; malnutrition and hunger because the conventional method of agriculture can no longer meet up with our demand. Science holds the solution to our food security."

Saying a country that cannot feed herself cannot have self-pride, she pointed out that the issue of food security required all hands to be on deck for the reconstruction, revival and rejuvenation of our agricultural sector.

The permanent secretary represented by the director of bioresearches and technology at the ministry, Abayomi Oguntunde, stated that agricultural biotechnology and genetic improvement is recognised all over the world as a solution to food security, adding scientific and regulatory agencies around the world had repeatedly and consistently found crops and foods improved through biotechnology to be safe.

Earlier in her remarks, the director-general of NABDA, Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, said the ultimate goal of the march was to ensure that scientific integrity played an important role in government decisions that affect everyone, from funding research for evidence-based policy making to regulation recommendations.

She said the march also aimed to highlight the vital role science plays in our lives and take a stand on it; to build capacity, gain publicity and demonstrate strength and solidarity in science to decision makers; to re-emphasis the role of science in national development; to help scientists and communities they serve work together in improving science education, communication and access.

Other objectives of the march, according to her, include to create awareness and sensitise the public on the many ways that science serves our communities and our world and also encourage the public to value and invest in science, appreciate and engage with science; to speak up because research is not gaining enough support it needs to drive the plan to revitalise Nigeria's agricultural sector; to create an open, honest science communication inclusive public outreach and to affirm science as a democratic value.

Speaking to journalists, the OFAB in Africa, Nigeria chapter coordinator, Dr Rose Gidado, said the aim of the 'March for Science' in Nigeria was to persuade the nation to adopt pervasive technologies especially biotechnology.

"We are narrowing the aim of this march down to biotechnology so we can use this technology, the genetic modification tool, in combating the challenges of global warming, desert encroachment, insect and pest infestation of farmers' farmland. This technology is the only tool that the breeders have been able to find useful; they have used it and they find it useful to be able to overcome these global warming challenges," Gidado said.


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