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Minister Wants Formation Of National Moringa Farmers Association



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The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has called for the formation of a National Moringa Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria for the purpose of ensuring that moringa is developed into a commercial commodity.

While playing host to one of the various moringa associations, Moringa Development Association of Nigeria (MDAN) in his office on Thursday, he said no stone would be left unturned in ensuring value addition to moringa to enhance its pricing and value.

“The formation and development of National Moringa Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria will no doubt, open investment opportunities in the areas of production, processing and marketing aspect of the commodity as well as assist in achieving Goal number 12 of the SDG on responsible consumption and production, taking cognisance of many uses that moringa serves.

“I am aware that there are various moringa stakeholders groups in existence but none of them is qualified to be referred to as national moringa association because there can’t be many national associations on moringa.

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“It is our firm belief that all the splinter moringa groups will soon fuse into one big and indivisible moringa association,” he said.

He noted that the ministry had received letters from different stakeholders requesting for collaborations and support for the formation and setting up of National Moringa Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria, which informed the maiden meeting of the value chain stakeholders on September 2, this year.

He explained that the meeting afforded the government the opportunity of identifying the stakeholders and also discuss the modalities for the formation of the National Moringa Association of Nigeria.

“I wish to add that the formation of National Moringa Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria will enable government to assist and support the association in contributing to employment generation and wealth creation, especially for women and our unemployed youths `

“I urge you to join hands with other stakeholders to develop the commodity into a viable economic product. The global moringa market is estimated at more than US$8.0 billion which is expected to increase to US$20 billion by 2030,” he added.

President of MDAN, Engr Yohanna Kadashi called for a collaboration and partnership with the ministry in the development and promotion of moringa value chain and regular training for moringa farmers in the country.


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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



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Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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BREAKING: Ekweremadu, Wife Found Guilty Of Organ-trafficking In UK



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A United Kingdom court has found former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and Dr Obinna Obeta, 50,  guilty of an organ-trafficking plot, which saw them bring a 21-year-old man to the UK

They were convicted of conspiring to exploit the man from Lagos for his kidney, reports the BBC.

Prosecutors told the Old Bailey the organ was to be removed and given to the couple’s daughter, Sonia, aged 25.

She was cleared of the same charge.

The victim, a street trader from Lagos, was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney in an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

They were later arrested at the airport while trying to leave the UK.

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NLC Orders Workers To Shut CBN Offices Nationwide Over Naira Scarcity



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Worried about the continued scarcity of naira, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has officially declared a nationwide . The national president of the union, Joe Ajaero, gave the directive during a media briefing in Abuja.

Ajaero also directed that affiliate unions constituting the NLC should be on standby for picketing exercises across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria nationwide.

The NLC earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to end the petrol and cash scarcity being experienced in the country.

Ajaero told journalists on Wednesday that the industrial action became the last resort of the NLC following the expiration of the ultimatum.

He said the decision to picket the CBN branches became necessary as the federal government and the CBN had failed to show any commitment to addressing the situation.

Ajaero lamented that despite the Supreme Court order that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023, the situation kept getting worse.

He said workers could not access cash to pay fares to work.

He also criticised the pricing irregularities in the petroleum sector.

“Last week, we gave an ultimatum for the review of the cash crunch bedevilling the country, but we have discovered to our dismay that as at this moment not much effort has been made to ameliorate the situation. Government is still foot-dragging on these issues we raised,” Ajaero said.

“Based on this, we met again this morning to review our position and resolved that by Wednesday next week all CBN branches will be picketed. Workers are directed to stay at home too because people cannot eat, workers can no longer go to the office, we have been pushed to the wall.

“We have decided to take our destiny in our hands, we have mobilised our workers on this exercise.”

The NLC has no fewer than 43 affiliate unions which include, but not limited to, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

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