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Kogi Gov dethrones four monarchs, sends them on exile, appoints new Ohinoyi

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Kogi Gov dethrones four monarchs, sends them on exile, appoints new Ohinoyi
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

The outgoing government of Yahaya Bello in Kogi State  has deposed four traditional rulers, including a first-class traditional ruler, the Ohimege Igu, Konto-Nkarfe, and Alhaji Abdulrazaq Koto.

Koto was subsequently banished to Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State as directed by the governor.

The state governor, Ala Bello, also appointed Alhaji Salihu Seidu, popularly known as SAS, to replace the deposed Ohimege.

“He is to be turbaned immediately to avoid a vacuum,” Bello said.

The governor also announced the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Anaje, who until now is the Ohi of Okenwen, as the new Ohinoyi of Ebiraland.

The governor’s address on the appointments delivered shortly after a meeting held with members of the state executive committee reads, “Having followed through our Traditional and Chieftaincy Laws, rules and regulations and all the due processes, we have come to the following resolutions.

“His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Isah Koto, the Ohimege-Igu Koton-Karfe, who is also the Chairman, Lokoja/ Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council is hereby removed and to be deposed to Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State.

“His Royal Highness, Sam Bola Ojoa, the Olu Magongo of Magongo, is removed and to be deposed to Salka, Magama Local Government Area of Niger State.

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“His Royal Highness, Samuel Adayi Onimisi, the Obobanyi of Emani, is removed and to be deposed to Doko, Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

“That similarly, on decision No. 3, the title “Obobanyi of Ihima” which reads on the promotion letter, upgrading the stool to first-class status, was done without cognisance to the fact that the title; “Obobanyi of Ihima” is a subject of litigation and the court of law is yet to arrive at the possible final decision, as such, the government has however received several petitions, calling attention to the need to revert and maintain status quo, until the court of law decides.

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“To this end, the stool is hereby reverted to “Obobanyi of Ihima” as the present occupant remains deposed.

“His Royal Highness, Boniface Musa, the Onu-Ife in Omala Local Government is to be suspended, indefinitely.”

The governor added that some decisions were taken on some stools after due intervention by the government to resolve the lingering controversies that have characterised the selection process.

He added, “The government, hereby, comes up with the following appointments of the next occupants.

“Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo Kabir is hereby appointed as the Maigari of Lokoja.

“Alhaji Dauda Isah is hereby appointed as the Maiyaki of Kupa.

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“Similarly, going by the selection decision of the Odaki Ruling House dated 27/4/2012 and endorsed by the Lokoja/Kogi Local Government Area Traditional Council, dated 14/5/2012, Mallam Saidu Akawo Salihu is hereby appointed as the Ohimege-Igu Koton-Karfe and to be turbaned immediately to avoid vacuum.

“Finally, going by the high court judgment of 1998, which give full recognition to Ododo as bonafide child of Ita’azi the father of Ebira land and Uhuodo as a distinct district in Ebira land with equal rights as others, therefore, the stool of Ohi of Uhuodo
is hereby created and processes for the occupation of the stool to commence with immediate effect.”

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House of Reps orders NAFDAC to suspend ban on alcohol in sachets, pet bottles

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• Alcohol in Sachets and Pet Bottles

The suspension is pending the outcome of its investigation on the matter.

Rep. Regina Akume, chairman, House Committee on NAFDAC, said this in Abuja after a public hearing on the ban of the product on Friday.

She said there were proper steps to take before the ban, adding that there was a need to put access control procedures in place.

This, she said, was to prevent children and youths from consuming the alcoholic contents of the sachet and pet bottles.

She said the committee was entrusted with the essential responsibility and effectiveness of NAFDAC for the creation of employment and enhancing economic growth.

She promised to reach a level playing ground between NAFDAC and manufacturers that would not be detrimental to children or public safety.

Speaking earlier, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, director-general, NAFDAC, said the ban was imposed to protect the health and welfare of children, youths, and other vulnerable groups.

“We tried to protect the market, and that was why we agreed to a five-year moratorium for the manufacturers to phase out alcoholic drinks in sachets and pet bottles in December 2018.

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According to her, it is a ministerial directive and not unilaterally made by NAFDAC, and the expiration of that five-year period has come.

Mrs Adeyeye said that, in spite of the agreement on the ban on alcohol in sachets and pet bottles, it was shocking to NAFDAC that the campaign from manufacturers was mounting.

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She said that a lot of issues could have been solved before now, adding that the agency was not against the production of alcoholic drinks but alcohol in sachets and pet bottles to wade off children from unnecessary access.

“The World Health Organisation had a resolution in 2010, in which Nigeria was a co-signer, that each country will have alcohol that is less reachable and less accessible to the youth, and nothing has been done about that until now.

“It is very unfortunate we are where we are now because the children who are used to taking alcohol will also become vulnerable to drug abuse.”

Mrs Adeyeye said that as a result of the alcohol in sachets, about “30 per cent of our children now take alcohol casually.”

She, however, said the market that was going to be lost, as expressed by the manufacturer, would be about 30 per cent because such could be easily concealed in the pocket.

Segun Kadilimni, director general of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), however, said there was no major basic disagreement between it and NAFDAC.

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He added that MAN remained committed to protecting the youth and children from accessing alcohol.

Mr Kadilimni said the issue remained how to protect the underaged, saying: “We have realised that there is a process to get there, but banning the product will be counterproductive.”

According to him, this is because you are going to open the market to producers of illicit drugs, and these are people you cannot control.

“I believe if we work together, we will be able to eradicate underage access. These sachets are not produced for children but for adults, and they have been warned not to consume them.”

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The committee, however, adjourned indefinitely.

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10 ways to ensure safe and healthy foods for family during economic hardship

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• Foodstuff in Nigeria
Nigeria is currently grappling with a significant economic downturn characterised by spiraling inflation which has significantly impacted the purchasing power of Nigerians.

The economic hardship has made it tough for many families to provide healthy food for their loved ones with protests against hunger now a constant news item in recent times.

However, with some planning, resourcefulness, and creativity, you can provide healthy meals without breaking the bank. Here are 10 ways to help you navigate these difficult times:

1.     Planning and prioritisation: This is the period to plan meals. It helps you avoid impulse purchases and food waste. You can also create a tracker to understand your baseline and set a limit you can comfortably stick to.

2.     Be friends with your local farmers’ market: Look for deals at the end of the day and consider “ugly” produce that’s perfectly edible. Seasonal options are often cheaper and fresher. You can also join a buying group to purchase larger quantities of seasonal produce at wholesale prices, benefiting from economies of scale.

3.     Master one-pot meals: “One-pot” meals like jollof rice, beans, and plantain, or yam pottage are affordable, filling, and packed with nutrients. Cook them more.

4.     No to leftovers: Transform leftover food into other delicacies. Leftover rice could be transformed into fried rice while leftover vegetables can be used in soups.

5.     Shop smart: Instead of shopping from one place, you can compare prices across different markets to find the best deals. You can also explore options like buying directly from local farmers or patronising smaller stores that may offer competitive prices.

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6.     Maximize savings: Learn effective storage techniques for different food items to extend their shelf life and prevent spoilage. To avoid wastage, cook only what you can consume at once.

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7.     Grow your food: You can also some food like vegetables, and even peppers on your balcony for a constant supply of fresh produce. If space is limited, consider joining a community garden to access shared resources and learn from experienced gardeners.

8.     Eat healthy as a family: Involve other family members in meal planning, You can discuss budget limitations and encourage their input on healthy and affordable meal options.

9.     Limit processed foods: They are often high in unhealthy fats, sodium, and added sugar, offering little nutritional value and can drain your budget. You can opt for brown rice, over refined white options for sustained energy and fiber.

10.  Eat more vegetables: Many local vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, offering a budget-friendly and nutritious alternative to imported options.

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Obi is not leaving Labour Party

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Obi is not leaving Labour Party
• Peter Obi 
The Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR) has said that its Principal, the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is not quiting the party.

POMR, in a press statement on Friday, February 23, 2024 signed by its media aide, Michael Jude Nwolisa, dismissed trending news about Obi quitting the Labour party, adding that the “fake and fallacious news” emanated from mischief makers bent on destroying and disorganising the party.

“The Peter Obi Media Reach, POMR wishes to outrightly dismiss trending fake and fallacious news story suggesting that he was parting ways with the Labour Party.

“This is not true and it did not originate from Obi or the Obidient Movement but from mischief makers bent on sowing the seed of discord in the party.

“These rising misdemeanors on the party did not start today as they set out to destroy and disorganize the party all to get at Obi and derail the inevitable journey of rescuing Nigeria,” Nwolisa wrote.

He however said that Obi, on his part, is currently busy with making Nigeria work and focusing on creating an environment where democracy will thrive, adding that “the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the criminal gangs holding it down will not stop until it’s achieved through the will of the Nigerian people.”

The statement continues: “Presently our principal is preoccupied with making Nigeria work not on partisan politics which ended on October 26, 2023, when the Supreme Court of the land took their final decision on the general elections.

“Those bent on creating a crisis in the Labour Party are clearly enemies of democracy wishing for the failed status quo to remain.

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“Obi’s focus at the moment is on creating an environment where democracy is to be practiced according to the defined tenets not the rascality and all forms of impunity prevalent in the country today.

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“Peter Obi therefore would like to assure Nigerians, particularly the Obidient family that his way with Labour is unshaken and intact and that the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the criminal gangs holding it down will not stop until it’s achieved through the will of the Nigerian people,” he added.

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