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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Ekiti first lady inaugurates Local Government GBV Committees - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi on Monday launched the Obirin Kete Empowerment Programme aimed at empowering and building capacity of Ekiti women, reports NaijaAgroNet

The programme is in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Ekiti State office.

Erelu Fayemi said the vision of the Obirin Kete women empowerment programme is a future in which Ekiti Women are prosperous, empowered, productive and engaged.

Association of Sustainability Professionals debuts in Nigeria - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN) would host an industry dialogue to herald its debut with focus on  urgent need for attaining an inclusive economy in Nigeria, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The dialogue woulda also examine the roles that Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals could play as the event holds Thursday, November 26, 2020.

Role of media to end violence against women - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Spotlight Initiative in Nigeria and the Ministry of Women Affairs on Monday hosted a webinar on 23 November 2020 at 10:00am to dialogue with senior media practitioners from the public, private and civil society sectors on the role of the media in promoting accountability to end violence against women and girls in Nigeria.

Highlighted of the webinar, NaijaAgroNet gathered, includes the facts and realities of gender-based violence and explored the need for media’s increased participation in policy advocacy, negative social norms change and intensified engagement and action on social media to support ending violence against women and children in Nigeria.

HealthPlus palaver: Ekeh to Mrs. George - save your business, protect other Nigerian startups - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Chairman, Zinox Group, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh, has refuted any complicity surrounding the troubled Nigerian healthcare firm, HealthPlus and denied any alleged involvement in the company’s crisis with its investors, Alta Semper, a private equity firm, for a takeover, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The Senior Special Assistant on Legal Affairs to Ekeh, Barrister Reginald Obiakor, the allegations making a round are unfounded.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Applause for NNPC @Senate on gas projects - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Senate Committee on Gas has applauded the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the various gas development initiatives undertaken in the country, especially the Ajaokuta- Kaduna- Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking during the 2021 Budget Defense and Performance Appraisal meeting with officials of the Corporation which held at the National Assembly Complex, Chairman of the Committee, Senator James Manager, expressed satisfaction with the various gas development projects embarked upon by the NNPC despite the impact of Covid-19 on the oil and gas industry, saying: “We are proud of the AKK and some of your other projects”.

He said the interface between the committee and the NNPC would have been more frequent but for the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He seized the opportunity to reassure the Corporation that his committee would undertake an oversight visit to the projects for proper assessment soon.

On his part, a member of the Committee, who is also the immediate past Chairman of the Committee, Senator Albert Akpan Bassey, said NNPC under the leadership of Mallam Mele Kyari has taken the Corporation to a new height by publishing the 2018 and 2019 Audited Financial Statements and for reducing losses by over 95 per cent.

“I want to commend the team led by the present GMD, a team of dedicated and passionate Nigerians. If they can reduce losses drastically within such a short time, I am sure the next report will reveal huge profit to the country. We must give them our support and cooperation,” he stated.

Speaking earlier during a presentation, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Engr. Yusuf Usman, attributed the success of the Corporation in the gas sector to the support and cooperation of the Committee and the entire legislature.

He said gas supply to power has improved significantly, which was evident in the improved power supply currently being witnessed in the country.

“We have significant gas in the network currently, but the challenge however, is transmission,” the COO stated.

On the AKK pipeline project, Engr. Usman told the lawmakers that it was designed to supply 2billion cubic feet of gas per day (2bcfd), stressing that it would be the primary source of gas for the power plants currently being developed in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Report on Green Hydrogen loading - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is set to present the finds of the new report on Green Hydrogen: A Guide to Policy Making on Thursday, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The event is coming as part of the IRENA Policy Talks 2020 webinar series, thereby replacing the 6th Policy Day, thus, IRENA Policy Talks 2020 provide a forum for renewable energy policy discussions where experiences and best practices in policy design and implementation can be shared to support the efficient deployment of renewable energy, and the maximisation of the benefits realised.

2021 budget: Nigeria to feed, deworm children with N142.3bn - NaijaAgroNet ...Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Federal Government of Nigeria has budgeted the sum of N142.3 billion to feed estimated 9.86 million children, deworm seven million children and recount the pupils in 2021, reports NaijaAgroNet.

This budget proposal is to be managed under the Home-Grown School Feeding programme (NHGSFP).

Monday, November 16, 2020

Fish Production : FABDA Holds Stakeholders Meeting In Awka - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Anambra State Government has is committed to boosting aquaculture, as a sustainable industry in line with its agricultural blue print, reports 

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Fisheries and Aquaculture Business Development Agency, FABDA, Mr. Emeka Iloghalu, disclosed this during a stakeholders meeting, in Awka.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Lack of micronutrition attracts costly price on economy – NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Lack of any aspect of the micronutrition deficiencies have a price both on the people and nation’s economy, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking at a one-day media roundtable on micronutrition deficiency control (MNDC) in Lagos State, the deputy director and head of the MicroNutrition Deficiency Unit (MNDU), Family Health Department, Federal Ministry of Health (FmoH), Mr. John Uruakpa noting there are two kinds of nutrition and dietary requirements for man, namely macronutrients and micronutrients.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Integrate biotechnology into Africa’s agricultural development - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


African governments, regional economic communities, and development agencies have been urged to strengthen and harmonize biotechnology policies and biosafety regulations to create an enabling environment for biotechnology development in Africa. 

It was revealed that less than 30 per cent of African countries have functional biosafety frameworks and the number of biotech products getting to farmers is still very low. Hence, a further call was made to fully integrate biotechnology into Africa’s agricultural development agenda to ensure that food and nutrition security is attained across the continent.

Monday, November 9, 2020

White Gold Series to debut November 12 - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


White Gold Series, a documentary ready to be aired on CNBC Africa from 9 to 12 November at 16h30 Central Africa time, followed by the West Africa launch via Afrique Media TV from November 16-18 at 7:03pm CAT and November 19 at 6:33 CAT, as well as ITFC Social Media, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Courtesy of the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, which backed the planned release of the series of four short documentaries on its extensive cotton sector trade finance and development interventions in West Africa, reports NaijaAgroNet.

NaijaAgroNet noted that for over a decade, ITFC has played a fundamental role in supporting cotton production in sub-Saharan Africa, earning it the name, Cotton Bank of Africa. Also known as ‘White Gold’, cotton is a vital export crop for several West African countries thus a key source of foreign exchange earnings. In addition, the cotton sector is the main source of employment and livelihoods for whole communities in these countries. ITFC’s financing efforts in the cotton sector is over US$1.8 billion, with 23 financing operations in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali. In Burkina Faso and Cameroon, ITFC has since 2008 disbursed over US$840 million to purchase fertilizers and provide early payments or provision of inputs to cotton producers for their cotton yields. On yearly basis, ITFC’s trade financing touches the lives of around 300,000 farmers and their families accross Burkina Faso and Cameroon.

Commenting on the launch of the series, ITFC CEO, Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol said: “Investments in agriculture are impactful, provided they adopt a value-chain approach that enhances productivity, promotes agro-processing, and increases access to markets. We hope that the White Gold Series, particularly now in the times of a major global pandemic, will serve as a reminder and inspiration to global development stakeholders on the need to continue to develop high-impact value chains across African OIC member countries, thereby strengthening the resilience of smallholder farming communities whose lives depend on these key commodities.” 

Catch ITFC’s White Gold Series on CNBC Africa and Afrique Media TV.

Power: NNPC generates 2,538MW in August - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that it supplied 727 Million Standard Cubic Feet per day (mmscfd) of natural gas for power generation to the country in the month of August, 2020, an equivalent of 2,538MW of power, reports NaijaAgroNet.

This represents an increase of 2.80 per cent from the previous month. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Estate residents debunk report on Tinubu's ownership - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Royal Gardens Estate Residents’ Association (RGERA) in Ajah, Lagos State has debunk media reports that its owned by the former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Residents, in a public statement available to NaijaAgroNet, insisted the estate is not owned Tinubu, maintaining that there is no evidence to claim.

They went on to described the said report as a "misconception."