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Reps query NBMA over alleged importation of GM maize

Rufus Ebegba

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 queried the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) over alleged importation of 70,000 tons of genetically-modified (GM) maize by Olam Foods. The House also directed the agency to submit the list of companies importing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into the country as well as confirm the allegation. The directive was given at the ...

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IFAD demands more gender policies to boost women’s agric productivity

Women farmers

Gender Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Office in Jigawa, Hajiya Aina’u Ibrahim, has called for the introduction of more gender policies to boost the productivity of women in agriculture. Ibrahim made the call while speaking with journalists in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State, on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. She noted that women constituted 70 per cent of the ...

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18,000 youths living with HIV/AIDS in Kaduna – UNICEF

Pernille Ironside

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday urged traditional rulers to support efforts aimed at reducing the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in Kaduna State. UNICEF’s Communication Specialist in Kaduna, Malam Rabiu Musa, disclosed this at the opening of a two-day workshop to enlighten traditional rulers on the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS among adolescent and young persons (AYPs) ...

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Wood associations begin reforestation programme in three states

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

Tropical Wood Exporters Association of Nigeria and Processed Wood Manufacturers Association of Nigeria are said to have begun reforestation programme in the states of Ekiti, Ogun and Adamawa. Acting Director of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Adetolu Osakuade, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 that the programme was aimed at planting ...

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Netherlands Queen wants Nigeria to leverage on technology to achieve financial inclusion

Queen Maxima

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands has urged Nigerian government to leverage on technology to provide useful and affordable financial products and services to people living in remote areas of the country. Maxima, who is the UN Secretary-General’s advocate for financial inclusion for development, said this on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 during her working visit to the Federal Ministry of Finance, ...

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Government approves N40b for resuscitation of Kontagora Dam

Federal-Executive-Council-Meeting

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 approved N40.2 billion for the resuscitation and completion of Kontagora/Auna Dam and Irrigation project in Niger State, as well as N226 million for pests control along 11 frontline states. The Ministers of Water Resources and Agriculture, Suleiman Adamu and Audu Ogbeh, respectively, said these were part of the Council’s decisions ...

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Farmers call for more investment in agric infrastructure

Farming

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have called on government to increase investment in agricultural infrastructure across the country. They made a case for more agricultural facilities such as silos, irrigation and other equipment to boost dry season farming across the country. The farmers, under the umbrella of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), made the call in separate interviews with ...

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Eminent journalists, high profile Nollywood artists for induction as FRSC Celebrity Marshals

Boboye Oyeyemi

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Celebrity Marshals Unit has released a list of top media and entertainment personalities to be inducted as new members in 2017. This was contained in a press release by the Coordinator of the Unit, Chris Kehinde Nwandu, in Abuja. Some of the new celebrity marshals include AIT’s anchor person of Focus Nigeria, Gbenga Aruleba; ...

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Mercury: Dental amalgam use in Edo to end in 2018

Dental amalgam Edo

The days of dental amalgam use in dentistry in Edo State in particular and Nigeria in general appear to be numbered, thanks to a landmark resolution reached by a gathering of stakeholders in Benin City, Edo State on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Dental amalgam is a liquid mercury and metal alloy mixture used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Because it contains traces ...

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