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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Oyo begins training of 3,300 youths in agribusiness - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Ekeigwe Harps on Importance of Self-Control in Organizations

One of Nigeria’s leading minds in accounting, Christian Ekeigwe, has harped on the need for accountants to exercise sufficient self-control as they play their gatekeeping roles in society.  Ekeigwe, a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA, Massachusetts), traced audit failures to lack of self-control in people holding critical governance and control positions in organizations, and yet accounting wisdom does not recognize this pathology. He, therefore, describes self-control as “accounting’s blindside”, which he said is the root cause of what ails it (accounting) and from where it suffers myriads of setbacks.

Ekeigwe who is the Chairman of Audit Committee Institute (ACI) and pioneered IT auditing in Nigeria decried the fact that “self-control has been unremarked in the accounting conversation in our society despite recent egregious audit failures, which he said can only be explained by flaws in human judgment due to insufficient self-control competence.”  

Ekeigwe made these assertions in the third edition of his now sought-after allocution series to the accounting profession titled, A Letter to My Profession.  He said that after four decades of training and working in the accounting profession, he has come to the conclusion that self-control, the “skill that matters most,” is the blindside of accounting. He argued that self-control is a blindside of accounting because it is not conceptually captured in the wisdom of accounting, despite the fact that its absence has resulted in a recent history of accounting that is punctate with, among other things, inexpiable audit failures.  He asserted that failure of self-control is the root cause of what ails modern accounting, and that recognizing the profound role of self-control will have equally profound impact on the survival and prosperity of individuals, firms and nations.

Accounting, he continued, must now include self-control as a deliberate competence that all accountants must consciously cultivate, recommending that accounting training should use instruction, examples and impressive imagery to inculcate self-control in the new generation of accountants to immunize them against the halo effect of hedonic histrionics of modern society.

Dwelling on the importance of self-control, Ekeigwe pointed out that empires, companies and individuals have collapsed as a result of poor self-control, noting that in all philosophies, religions and civilizations, self-control has been shown to be a critical success factor. According to him, the importance of self-control is well captured by Tony  Schwartz, an American journalist and business book author, when he said “without self-control, we can’t accomplish almost anything of enduring value.”  Stretching the argument, Ekeigwe said ‘in fact, civilization itself advanced only after humans started exercising sufficient self-control which made trust and cooperation possible.

He further argued that without self-control it is impossible to become trustworthy, a fundamental quality for accountants without which society would withhold the audit franchise.  “One can conclude that the majesty and affordances of accounting could not be sustained without self-control as a deliberate competence”, he added.  He regretted that despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that self-control is a critical competence particularly for accountants and auditors in their gatekeeping roles in society, the profession has not recognized and emphasized it in its curriculum, wisdom and practice, noting that ethical standards of the profession touch on self-control only indirectly, tangentially.  Pointedly, he said “after a fair search of accounting literature, I now conclude that self-control is the blindside of accounting and that we cannot fix what ails modern accounting and auditing until we accept the wisdom of the discipline of self-control into the wisdom of accounting”. 

Ekeigwe strongly recommended that “in view of its prepotent role and benefits, self-control should be institutionally identified as a necessary deliberate competence for accountants and consciously cultivated”. He also recommended that the auditability of self-control should be operationalized with appropriate risk assessment methodologies, audit work programmes that help identify reportable conditions and a reporting regime that sends subliminal message of the primacy of self-control in governance.  In this regard, he said: “A low rating of self-control should be identified as high risk organizations and should be an eliminator when selecting management and employees who would occupy critical and sensitive roles.  In particular, job profiles that are associated with oversight of high-value assets or sensitive resources should require high self-control reliability index”.

Ekeigwe maintained that “self-control is the most important emerging competence for the accounting profession.  He however lamented that “we are preoccupied with the impact of technology, forgetting that even technology itself depends on the self-control of the individuals who ideate, design, build, operate technology systems and on the self-control of those who use the data generated with technology tools for critical decision making”.

According to him, accounting cannot deliver on the promise of accounting to serve the public interest and uphold the public trust with a generation that is tragically low on self-control. He warned that ignoring the accounting profession’s blindside, which he has identified as self-control, will be an undermining “unforced error” that could bumble the profession to irrelevance, obscurity and failure.

 

 


Friday, July 30, 2021

DP World acquires fleet of tractors - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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DP World Luanda, has acquired a fleet of 30 new high-performance tractors, as part of its investment to modernize the Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) at the Port of Luanda, and further improve operational efficiencies.
The arrival of the tractors follows the start of operations by DP World Luanda, on 1 March 2021, after it was awarded a 20-year concession to manage and operate the MPT.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

AgriHack 2021 opens calls - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The AGRF and Heifer International have launched the Pitch AgriHack 2021, a competition focused on accelerating entrepreneurial growth and job creation in the agriculture sector by leveraging advanced technologies and youth participation in Africa’s food security agenda. 
This seventh edition of Pitch AgriHack is a pitching contest aimed exclusively at African businesses bringing technological innovation to the agriculture sector. Generation Africa (www.GenAfrica.org), a thematic platform of the AGRF will host the competition.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

African Union agency's pandemic resilience accelerator steering committee - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Steering Committee of the African Union Development Agency's Pandemic Resilience Accelerator has set been inaugurated, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The Pandemic Resilience Accelerator provides a tailored acceleration support to growth and mature stage African health-related businesses that are improving healthcare capacity and reducing reliance on external medical supply chains. 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Gov. Fayemi takes delivery of tractors, farm tools - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Pix2: L-R: Technical Assistant on Agriculture Engr Egunjobi; Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Prince Olabode Adetoye and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; during the delivery of the newly acquired tractors and other agricultural tools in Ado-Ekiti.

Pix2: L-R: Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Prince Olabode Adetoye and State Coordinator, National Agriculture Land Development Authority (NALDA), Adekunle Adeniyi; during the delivery of  newly acquired tractors and other agricultural tools in Ado-Ekiti.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Extractive sector: Centre LSD mainstreams gender @Ekiti - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development shall on Wednesday July 14th, 2021, host Ekiti citizens to a 2-day stakeholders’ session on gender mainstreaming in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, reports NaijaAgroNet.
A press statement by Ms. Victoria Ose Ikearu-Udoh, Programme Coordinator, Centre LSD made available to NaijaAgroNet, said the meeting is one of the initial activities under its BUILD grant which has become crucial to identify critical stakeholders for engagement as the roles stakeholders play in determining the success or failure of any project intervention cannot be overemphasized. 

Monday, July 5, 2021

Healthcare: Konga signs MoU with ANPMP - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Konga Health, an ambitious, technology-driven healthcare solutions company, has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners (ANPMP) to boost access to quality healthcare services in Nigeria, including the delivery of genuine drugs and medical supplies.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) took place on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at the company’s corporate headquarters at Yudala Heights on Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

149m malnourished children: UNITLIFE makes a debut - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Global Program Created by UN Women, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), Government of France, and the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court under the aegies of UNITLIFE is leveraging innovative finance and partnerships to protect the next generation from chronic malnutrition, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The condition currently effects 149 Million children worldwide, limiting future growth and potential; The COVID-19 Pandemic predicted to cause widespread increases in malnutrition due to disruptions in food, health and social protection systems.

Police summons Otesile family, Lavika Farms - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Commissioner of Police Ogun State Command, CP Abdulmajid Ali, has demanded the presence of the Otesile family over their illegal take over of a 16 acre parcel of farmland in Majo village in the Obefemi Owode Local Government area of the state, reports NaijaAgroNet.

This was subsequent to a petition written to the Police Commissioner after agents and thugs operating under the name of Lavika Farms invaded and destroyed portions of the farmland owned and managed legitimately by one Mr Tesleem Adewuyi and Mr Femi Alabi.
Mr Adewuyi and Mr Alabi had legally purchased (with documentations) 16 acres of land from the Deyoruwa Family of Owode Egba, which shares a boundary with the Otesile Family land, and had been using their land for farming until December 2019 when the Otesile Family and their agents forcefully invaded and destroyed the farmland.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Fayemi commissions ABUAD's 2.5 MW IPP - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday commissioned an Independent Power Plant project at the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), with an assurance that the State Government would continue to support the institution's initiative to achieve its visions of becoming a globally renowned institution.
Dr. Fayemi who alongside the Osemowe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo, former Governor of Ekiti State, Engr Segun Oni, Chairman Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Prof Abba Waziri, and other reputable individuals performed the foundation laying of nibe other projects at the ABUAD industrial Park, described the Founder of the institution as a man of endless possibilities.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Nigeria revolutionising agriculture, says Minister - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Federal Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Anchor Borrowers Programme and the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative are revolutionizing agriculture in Nigeria, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The Minister made the remarks in Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State, when he led a Federal Government delegation on an inspection of Malam Alu Agro Allied Company Limited, which also hosts the tallest national flag pole in Nigeria and the second in Africa at 50 metres high.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Agri-food: Makinde launches women entrepreneurship - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Oyo State Governor, 'Seyi Makinde, on Friday, expressed happiness over the inclusion of 1,300 women in the state, who are to benefit from the Support to Women Entrepreneurship in the Agri-food sector in Nigeria (SEFAN/SWEAN) programme, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The governor, while speaking at the official launch of the training programme at IITA, Ibadan, stated that the relationship between Oyo State and the French Government always brings about development.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

WED2021: NNPC restates commitment to sustainable environment - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it remains committed to the promotion of sustainable environment across it operations, stressing that its energy transition programme and support for carbon neutral projects are proofs of that commitment.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mallam Mele Kyari, stated this at an event organized by the Group Health, Safety, Environment Department to mark this year’s World Environment Day.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Ecosystem restoration, living in harmony with nature - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), joins the global community in commemorating this year’s world environment day with the theme 'Ecosystem Restoration.' The United Nations has set aside June 5, every year as a day of shared global reflection and action towards protecting our environment. This year’s world environment day theme is incredibly significant because it calls on all of us to do our parts in protecting our ecosystems in these uncertain times.
In a press statement issued during the ERA/FoEN event to mark the World Environment Day in Port Harcourt, Mike Karikpo, Esq., Programmes Director and Administration, ERA/FoEN, explained that ecosystems are dynamic communities of plants, animals and microorganisms interacting with the physical environment, landscapes, lakes, and oceans.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Beef boycott, solution to Nigeria's lingering genocide - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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In search of solution to lingering killings across Nigeria, Barr. Emeka Odikpo, wrote, there is sense in 'trade war' than in 'actual war.'
A leading figure in my list of heroes is Dr. Martin Luther King. He has a lot to teach Africans and Igbo people in particular. He is not the type of leader that rants, curses and resorts to violence. His weapon of war was non violence and he was damned effective at it.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Investigate Adoke, Etete over alleged forgery to OPL 245 scam - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Inspector General of Police,(IG) has been asked to investigate former Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke and the former Petroleum Minister, Dan Etete and Abubakar Aliyu over a string of forgery allegations linked to the OPL245 scandal.


In a petition sent to the Inspector General of Police (IG), Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), Corner House and Re: Common, two global anti-corruption groups based in the United Kingdom (UK) the police were asked to open up a new frontier in the lingering scam that has seen Nigeria loose billions of dollars to crooks.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

2nd Anniversary: Makinde launches tree planting campaign - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Oyo State Governor, ’Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, launched a tree planting campaign to optimise environmental quality and human health for the current and future generations.

The governor, while launching the campaign at the frontage of the Head of Service building, Secretariat, Ibadan, said that if planting of trees is well-promoted, it will have an impact on the kind of environment that will be handed over to the upcoming generation.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Makinde commissions 66.3.6kwp solar power - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration has raised the bar of good governance in Oyo State, while providing enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
The governor, while speaking at the official commissioning of the 663.6KWP Solar Power Plant of Nigerian Breweries PLC, Ibadan plant, said that his administration will continue to create business friendly environment for investors.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Only 19% of children globally eat minimally accepted diet says FAO - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Globally, only 19 per cent of children aged 6-23 months eat a minimally accepted diet, and only half eat the recommended minimum number of meals, according to the Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Also, the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations revealed some takeaways in the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report on ‘The future of food and agriculture - Alternative pathways to 2050'.

Ekiti boosts rice production, targets 1.5m tones - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said the State government would utilize the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s Rice Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) to increase its annual rice production from 34,700 to 1.5 million metric tonnes.
The CBN-ABP, according to the Governor would generate no fewer than 12,000 jobs for rice farmers, who, would in turn, create additional 50,000 jobs in full production across the rice value chain within a year.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

SG reveals some takeaway facts on Alternative pathways to 2050 - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations has revealed some take aways in the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report on ‘The future of food and agriculture - Alternative pathways to 2050',  reports NaijaAgroNet. 
Also, NaijaAgroNet gathered that the number of people aged 65 years or older is projected to more than double from 2020 to reach 1.5 billion in 2050, affecting demand for various types of food and minimum dietary energy requirements.

Monday, May 17, 2021

FAO leads UN on population and development - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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In a sign that food security and nutrition are increasingly seen as key vectors for sustainable development, the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CPD) approved a resolution likely to enrich and intensify discussions at the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit.


The agreement, as well as the UN Secretary General's report to the Commission to which FAO made substantial contributions, span a vast array of themes - from the need to make healthy diets affordable to all and the importance of assuring income opportunities for all even as capital-intensive industry transformations may reduce the need for existing types of jobs and labor, to stopping illicit cross-border financial flows and the need for governance and ownership of big-data to make sure its benefits are available to all, including smallholders and marginalized people. The breadth of topics illustrates just how complex a task the shift to sustainable agri-food systems will be.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

PH refinery to generate 3,000 jobs, construction kicks off - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has kicked off construction work in the Port Harcourt Refinery rehabilitation project with a firm commitment not to fail Nigerians.
A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, quoted the NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Refineries & Petrochemicals, Engr. Mustapha Yakubu, as saying that everything was being done to ensure that the project is delivered hitch-free and on schedule.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Dialogue on Antimicrobial Resistance kicks off today - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Some countries have embarked on steps to accelerate actions for tackling antimicrobial resistance which experts described as an urgent global health and development threat, reports NaijaAgroNet.
This forms core of dialogue on antimicrobial resistance would today, Thursday kick off virtually.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Africa: Orange provides support for Covid-19 vaccination campaigns - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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These funds will be used to support national efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible and to help combat the health crisis and its effects.

In the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, the Orange Foundation is providing an additional €1.3 million in financial aid to the 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East within its footprint. 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

FAO: Small family farmers produce third of world’s food - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The world's smallholder farmers produce a third of the world's food, according to detailed new research by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), reports NaijaAgroNet.
Five of every six farms in the world consist of less than two hectares, operate only around 12 percent of all agricultural land, and produce roughly 35 percent of the world's food, according to a study published in world development.

Friday, April 23, 2021

OML 143: NNPC, SEEPCO sign gas development agreement - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The gas development and commercialization programme of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) received a boost Thursday with the execution of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 143 Gas Development Agreement (GDA) by the NNPC and its partner, Sterling Oil Exploration and Production Company (SEEPCO).
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru in a press statement available to NaijaAgroNet, disclosed that the project would boost the nation’s gas production by 1.2trillion cubic feet (tcf).

Friday, April 16, 2021

Nigeria’s food security: Syngenta partners WACOT - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Leading food and agro-processing company in West Africa, WACOT Limited, and leading global agritech company Syngenta Crop Protection are partnering for impact to further boost Nigeria’s food security and ensure sustainable development of the agriculture sector.

This would see Syngenta Crop Protection working closely with WACOT over the next five years to help improve the sustainability, quality and safety of Nigeria’s agriculture with world-class science and innovative crop solutions.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

US Consul-General launches HIV Treatment Surge Programme in Oyo - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Consul-General, United States Embassy in Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo, has launched HIV Treatment Surge Programme in Oyo State, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The event held at the Theophilus Oladipo Ogunlesi Hall, Ibadan on Tuesday formed part of the courtesy visit of the Counsel General to the state.

Pierangelo also held bilateral talks with Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Stakeholders present Lagos Policy on Food & Nutrition documents to first lady, urge SEC endorsement - NaijaAgroNet

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The food and nutrition stakeholders in the Lagos State has formally presented a copy of the State’s Policy on Food and Nutrition as well as the Multi-sectoral plan of Action on Nutrition to the first lady, Dr. Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, reports NaijaAgroNet.
They also called for the approval of the policy by the Lagos State Executive Council (SEC).

Stakeholders under the umbrella of the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) in collaboration with the state Committee on Food and Nutrition in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget made the presentation to the first lady, during a one-day Nutrition Dialogue at the Lagos Sheraton Hotels on Monday.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Renewable energy: NNPC, Kebbi partner on biofuels - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has restated its commitment to the partnership with the Government of Kebbi State for the production of biofuels, describing the project as viable and in tandem with the global transition to renewable energy.

The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, disclosed this while receiving the Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Post COVID-19 survey: Mental health bigger than climate change - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The latest international survey has revealed thaT young people view mental health as a bigger generational challenge than climate change as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll on younger generations, according to new data.
The Purpose Pulse found nearly three quarters (70%) of Millennials and Gen Z think mental health is a challenge, second only to COVID-19 (76%). Economic inequality (66%), climate change (65%), and job security (65%) are also viewed as a concern by solid majorities of young people. Yet, despite the preoccupation with the pandemic and mental health, there are still high expectations for COP26 this year, with nearly three fifths (58%) hopeful it will lead to a positive outcome.

Greenpeace reacts to UN plastic findings - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a scathing report about plastic and environmental inequality, which shows how countries within the global south are being force-fed plastic pollution by wealthy countries, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, exposes the truth about how the plastic industry is capitalising on “false solutions” such as recycling when, in fact, single-use plastic waste is more likely being shipped off to developing countries than being recycled. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Nutrition, environment tops Nestle agenda for journalists - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Nestle Nigeria Plc has reaffirmed commitment to training of Lagos journalists especially those on nutrition, climate and environment beats, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The pledge was made during a courtesy visit by Executive members of the Lagos State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Tuesday to the corporate headquarters of the company in Lagos.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Predator Energy drink controversy: NBC insist on contesting case against Rite Foods - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, has declared it would vigorously contest the case against Rite Foods, reports NaijaAgroNet.

A press statement from NBC, a member of Coca-Cola Hellenic Group made available to 
NaijaAgroNet, the company said it would contest legally, the controversy over the copyright issue on Predator Energy drink.

Monday, March 22, 2021

AUDA-NEPAD’s pandemic resilience accelerator gets first cohort - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The Pandemic Resilience Accelerator for African Health-Related Businesses was founded by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), a pan-African institution at the forefront of policy harmonization, in partnership with JICA, the official development assistance agency of the Government of Japan, and with support from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm.

The initiative aims to accelerate African home-grown solutions that are improving pandemic resilience. It provides hands-on, tailored acceleration support to growth and mature stage African health-related businesses that are improving healthcare capacity or reducing reliance on external medical supply chains.

The accelerator is launching as a pilot in the East African Community, following a call for applications in December 2020. Five companies have been selected from a highly competitive applicant pool and after a rigorous assessment process.

Access Afya Inc.: Provider of low cost, primary health care to people living in informal settlements & remote areas of Kenya. 

Africa Healthcare Network: Provider of affordable high-quality renal care services to typically underserved areas / secondary cities of Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda.

Damu Sasa Systems Limited: Cloud-based end-to-end blood services information management system to increase and manage blood supply in Kenya.
Mobile Scan Solutions Uganda: Developer of low-cost hand-held ultrasound units to diagnose pregnancy complications in low resource settings in Uganda.
Revital Healthcare (EPZ) Limited: Manufacturer of over 40 types of medical devices in Kenya which are distributed to Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi & 12 other countries.

These five home-grown companies contribute meaningfully to pandemic resilience, both in the immediate COVID-19 crisis and in their longer term strengthening of healthcare capacity and local supply chains. They constitute the inaugural cohort for this accelerator and will receive support over the six-month pilot programme.

Based on the outcomes of the pilot programme in the East African Community, the accelerator aims to expand to other parts of Africa later this year, with the ultimate goal of improving our continent's ability to respond to future outbreaks through home-grown solutions.

NaijaAgroNet gathered that organizations interested in joining the accelerator network as well as engaging with these exemplary companies by serving as advisors or providing direct support, or qualifying African home-grown solutions, can contact them via George Murumba, the accelerator project lead via GeorgeM@nepad.org and pandemicresilience.africa@gmail.com.

Friday, March 19, 2021

US Consulate General, IVLP partner Ekiti on recycling project - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to transit from the “make-use-dispose” orientation of materials utilization to an industrial ecosystem where wastes can be recycled, reused, recovered and re-purposed for other uses.
Dr Fayemi, who stated this at the launch the Ekiti State Recycling Project tagged “Sodotin dowo” (waste to wealth), said the initiative was aimed at changing the perception of Ekiti people towards wastes disposal.

Prime Foods unveil first vitamin table water - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

In line with its vision for a healthier and happier world, the Prime Foods and Beverages Nigeria Ltd, an indigenous manufacturer of healthy drinks on Thursday launched its premium quality Omnia Vitamin table water brand, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The product which is made from demineralized water infused with natural fruit extracts, vitamin and minerals, comes in four variants- Blackcurrant, Pineapple, Orange and Apple variants, and it is the first indigenously produced vitamin water in the country.

The new product which industry observers believe may reshape the non-alcoholic beverage market in Nigeria as it offers health-conscious consumers, non-alcoholic water beverages, provides the body with the necessary daily vitamins.

Speaking at the formal launch in Lagos, General Manager of Prime Foods, Alexis Odenigbo, Omnia Vitamin water contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to health.

She said the new product is part of Prime Foods and Beverages Ltd commitment to ensure that Nigerians get the very best quality and natural products that are not only healthy and safe for consumption, but also enhance consumers overall wellness.

“Omnia Vitamin Water is a low calorie drink that actually satisfies thirst, unlike other carbonated drinks. Each variant has a blend of vitamins and fruit extracts to deliver refreshing and naturally tasting hydration. There is no limit to the number of bottles that can be consumed by an individual because it contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to health.”

Earlier in her remark, a public health physician, Dr. Olajumoke Akinsanya, said most of the people do not know about the quality of water they are drinking, and have no knowledge about it.

“We tend to just turn on the tap and fill in our glasses. But do you know how much water we have to drink every day or are the water you are drinking safe enough for you. What if you drink the water and then become contaminated with it. It is important to know everything about the water you are drinking so that you do not fall sick and in your own home.

“Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that our body needs to work properly. Most of us get all the vitamins and minerals we need by eating a healthy balanced diet. Omnia Vitamin Water contains our daily requirements of vitamins,” she said.

According to the company’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Dipo Isaacs, Omnia Vitamin Water, is manufactured under a conducive environment, in compliance with very stringent processes and procedures that conform to Good Manufacturing Practices with State-of-the-art equipment and machineries.

“The company is committed to offering purely natural, safe, and healthier products in order to help people break free from the usage or consumption of toxic and harmful body care or Food products. The new Omnia vitamin water,” he said.

He said the product is now available in all parts of the country.

Pix: (From Left to Right) Mr. Dipo Isaacs, Consultant Director Marketing & Sales, Dr. Jumoke Akisanya, Health Consultant, Alexis Odenigbo, General Manager, Ofure Ibhakhomu, CEO LifeCard Investment Ltd and Barr Akintoye Sogunle, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Ogoni cleanup: Group calls for restructuring of HYPREP - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Federal Government of Nigeria recently inaugurated a new Governing Council and Board of Trustees for the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), just as
 the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria had surmised from majority of Ogonis and reports of its team of monitors around the project areas that HYPREP was not working with optimal capacity. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

PASA records largest repatriation of trafficked monkeys - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K.) sanctuary (www.JackSanctuary.org), after months of coordinated international effort, welcomed 20 monkeys to their new home. 
The monkeys, all native to the Democratic Republic of Congo, were confiscated in September 2020, disrupting a wildlife trafficking operation running between the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R. Congo) and South Africa. This is a historical event and is the first such operation in Africa, where the animals were repatriated back to their native origins.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Water crisis: Africa needs $35bn yearly - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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USD 35-billion per year is needed to tackle Africa’s water crisis; South African firm Khato Civils announces African expansion and calls for AfCFTA to be the catalyst to build Africa’s water infrastructure.

It is expected to increase levels of intra-Africa trade by over 50 per cent by 2030.

Ogoni cleanup: Eze applauds Buhari, others for bringing lifesaving water - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The determination of the Buhari-led APC federal government in ensuring the success of the implementation of the UN Environment report on Ogoni has continued to attract resounding applauses and commendations from analysts and critical stakeholders in the fields of politics and the environment.

The $1billion (USD) implementation which is hinged on a 2011 detailed report from the environmental assessment of sites polluted by oil exploration activities in Ogoni land since the discovery of oil in the 1950s, conducted and released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was launched in June 2016 by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on behalf of President Mohammadu Buhari, after several years of neglect by the previous administration steered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and allies.

IWD2021: CS-SUNN celebrates women - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) on Monday join the world in celebration of 2021 International Women’s Day which is marked each year on 8 March, reports 
NaijaAgroNet.

The International Women’s Day gives the opportunity to celebrate women and their many achievements.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

NLTP, ranching & how to resolve farmer-herder clashes says Osinbajo - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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Task of building a society desired by all Nigerians is exerting and requires the contribution of all Nigerians as the challenge for everyone is “to build, not to destroy, to add to, not to take away,” according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo made the call at the opening session of an International Conference on Patriotism, Security, Governance and National Development.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Sewage coverage: €109m grant for Egypt - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The African Development Bank Group has signed financing agreements of €109 million with the Government of Egypt to improve sanitation infrastructure and services for rural communities in Luxor Governorate in Egypt’s Upper Nile region.
The financing consists of a €108 million loan from the Bank, and a grant of €1 million from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) – an Africa-wide initiative hosted by the African Development Bank.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

FG, CBN offer 200,000 tonnes of paddyrice for sale - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The Federal Government (FG) 
has commenced the sale of about 200,000 metric tonnes of paddy rice to 18 Nigerian millers, reports NaijaAgroNet

The sale being coordinated through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) came to the fore in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday as the bank marked the fifth year of ABP.
Speaking at the occasion, the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, disclosed some gains of the programme over the last five years.

“Just as we have given the money to farmers for the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, we will be disbursing the paddy aggregation loans to those millers.

“This is in order to use the loan to pay the farmers so that the farmers can repay their loans,” Emefiele said.

He said that the CBN had financed 2,923,937 small holder farmers cultivating 3,647,643 hectares of land across 21 commodities through about 33 participating financial institutions in the country.

Emefiele said the experience of 2015 to date had led to significant improvement in the execution of the programme.

He said that the bank had added several layers of control to improve on transparency and accountability among stakeholders.

“Today is a demonstration of the growth that had been attained in the agricultural sphere.

“It is important to note that, we are still far from attaining perfection but the emerging result from the programme reaffirms our belief in the potentials inherent in our agricultural sector.

“Farming will become a profitable venture in Nigeria as all farmers, because of the guaranteed off-take of their produce, are smiling to the banks.

“Under the 2020 wet season CBN and Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) partnership, we financed 221,450 farmers for the cultivation of 221,450 hectares in 32 states of the country.

“Repayment of loan is crucial to the sustainability of the programme.

“In support of the growth recorded in this drive to attain self – sufficiency in food production and to moderate prices of agricultural commodities, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the resuscitation of Nigeria’s commodity exchange.

“And the CBN in partnership with other stakeholders, will be committing at least, N50 billion to this initiative,” Emefiele explained.

He expressed the bank’s commitment to finance one million hectares of rice farms in the present dry season farming with the plan of exploring two cycles of production with the season.

In his remarks, Gov. Atiku Bagudu expressed optimism that the farmers would take the country out of her tough economic challenges.

Bagudu commended President Buhari for his magnanimous support to all states in the country to ensure that economic activities were kept functional.

The President of Benin Republic, Mr Patrice Talon was represented by his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aurelie Agbenonci at the occasion.

Talon said that a team of about four ministers was in the state to witness the celebration of successes by the state in particular and the country at large.

“We have seen it all and we are going to establish a partnership in milling and produce rice together to feed the whole West African sub- region,” he said.

Earlier, the National President of RIFAN Alhaji Aminu Goronyo, commended President Buhari for his commitment to food security and visionary ideas for the initiation of the programme five years ago.

Those in attendance at the event included the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.

Pix: Emefiele and other dignitaries pose with bags of rice in Kebbi to mark the 5th anniversary of the ABP.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Gas production: Digitalization offers high RoI to Mozambique - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

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The benefits of digital investment in the oil and gas sector are multifold: increased productivity, cost savings and improved performance all tend to follow investments in big data, the ‘Internet of Things’, artificial intelligence and other digital technologies.