Onion Marketers Threaten To Stop Supply To Southern Nigeria

 

The Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria has threatened to stop the supply of onions down to the South from June 7, 2021.

The group said it would carry out the threat if the government fails to compensate its members who have suffered losses in recent times following attacks in some parts of the country.

President of the association, Aliyu Umar, made this known to journalists at a press briefing on Sunday in Sokoto State.

He explained that the government under a committee led by the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello had promised to compensate their members, many of whom suffered huge losses in Abia, Imo and Oyo States during the #EndSARS and Shasha market crisis.

However, according to him, the promise has not been kept and the members have reportedly lost over 4 billion naira.

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“We are calling on the state and Federal Government to restore law and order in the state, and we are calling on the good people of the southern part of Nigeria to live with the Hausa community in peace as we are only there for our lawful businesses,” Umar said.

“We also call on state governments to collaborate with fed govt to set up a committee to investigate the incident that led to the loss of lives and property of the Onion Association members.

“Furthermore, if the government fails to adhere to what we are saying, we are shutting the supply of onion to the entire south by Monday the 7th of June 2021”.

‘New Gold’

In recent times, the price of Onions skyrocketed from just about ₦20,000 to nearly a hundred thousand, in less than a year – a situation which quickly gave it the reputation of ‘new gold’.

While the price hike could not be understood by many, some traders have attributed the increment to seasonal fluctuations, a general increase in prices of fertilizers among other items, strike actions as well as insecurity arising from the #EndSARS protests.

16 Points Presented By Niger Delta Leaders To End Militancy

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At a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government officials on Tuesday, representatives of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria presented 16 points they believe should be considered by the government and implemented to end militancy in the region and boost development.

  1. The presidential amnesty Programme: the decry that out of the five components of the disarmament and retrieval of weapons from the ex-militants, only the disarmament and demobilisation component is being implemented. Tensions over the fate of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme is as a result of lack of genuine exit strategy. They want the Programme reviewed to reappraise its core mandate to provide a robust exist strategy, in order to transit recipients into jobs, effectively integrate them and few the of dependency on stipends, so that their new-found skills would be of benefit to themselves and larger community.
  2. Law and Justice issues: in view of the insecurity situation in the Niger delta, a number of pending law and justice issues regarding some aggrieved groups and individuals are yet to be resolved. It is important to address these issues urgently as a step towards lasting peace.
  1. The effect of increased military presence in the Niger Delta: the increased in military presence has resulted in invasion of communities, displacement of persons, harassment and other firms of human rights abuse. They want government to halt the the escalation of tension in the region.
  2. Plights of internally displaced persons: they want relevant government agencies to take urgent measures to meet their immediate needs of those displaced by upsurge of insecurity in the region.
  3. The Ogoni clean-up and environmental remediation: they want government to speed up the exercise. They want government to enforce zero gas flare deadline. They want the devastating effects of coastal erosion and lack of an effective shoreline protection for the coastal communities tackled urgently. They ask federal government to commission a region-wide credible assessment of the impacts of crude oil pollution of the environment in the region and undertake to enforce environmental laws.
  4. The Maritime University Issue: want prompt take off of the Niger Delta university
  5. Key regional critical infrastructure: they want completion of of East-West road, full implementation of the rail project that is designated to run through the Niger Delta region to Lagos.
  6. Security surveillance and protection of oil and gas infrastructure. They want pipeline surveillance contracts given to the communities rather than individuals in a manner that is some benefits to their responsibility. Communities would the see their responsibility over the pipelines as protection of what belongs to them.
  7. Relocation of Administrative and Operational Headquarters of IOCs: the headquarters of most oil companies are not located in the Niger Delta Region. As a result the region is denies all the developmental and associated benefits that would have accrued to the region from their presence. It has therefore become imperative for the IOCs to relocate to their areas of operation. This move will create a mutually beneficial relationship with the host communities.

10: Power supply: they advocate a power plan that strongly ties power supply in the region to gas supplies, thereby giving all sides a stake in proved stability.

  1. Economic development and empowerment: they want Brass LNG and fertiliser plant project including the Train 7 implemented, reviewing and updating the national gas master plan to integrate the economic interests and industrialization of the region, creating a Niger Dekta industrial corridor that would process some portions of the bat hydrocarbon natural resources, expediting work on the export processing zones, harnessing the huge rain-fed agricultural potentials of the area through the development of farms estates, fishery development projects and Agro-Allied industrial clusters etc.
  2. Inclusive participation in oil industry and ownership of oil blocs. They want the federal government to enunciate policies and actions that will address the lack of participation as well as imbalance in the ownership of oil and gas assets.
  3. Restructuring and funding of the NDDC: The restructuring will ensure it refocuses as a true interventionist agency to respond swiftly to the yearnings of the grassroots of the Niger Delta. Communities must be able to have a say in what projects come to them and also want full implementation of the funding provisions of the NDDC Act.
  4. Strengthening the Niger Delta Ministry: they say the era of abysmal funding should end. The ministry should be adequately funded and strengthen to fulfill the purpose for which it was created.
  5. The Bakassi Question, recommend a comprehensive resettlement plan including development for the host communities and displaced population to reduce the risk of making the into a stateless people.
  6. Fiscal federalism, the region supports the call for true federalism and urged that federal government should treat the matter expeditiously.

Cross River State Govt. To Float Shipping Line

Cross River shipping lineCross River State government in southern Nigeria has announced plans to float a state’s shipping line that will service countries along the coastal line.

The State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, announced the plan on Friday at a meeting with 21 indigenous Merchant Navy Maritime Students from the Philippines. They were on a courtesy visit to his office, in Calabar.

Assuring them of the government’s continuous support, the governor said that as a result of the new development, coupled with the fact that Cross River now has well trained maritime experts, his administration would see to the creation of Maritime Services Department in the state.

Governor Ayade further told the visitors that, the Maritime department would oversee the affairs of the students and ensure that they got to the peak of their chosen career.

Leader of the group, Deck Cadet Olom Gabriel Odey, thanked the governor for the role he played in facilitating their admission into Maritime Universities of Cebu and Lecyean, both in the Philippines, as a serving Senator.

The trainees further requested for an opportunity to have sea time experience which is the perquisite for their training programme.

Police Kill Six Armed Robbery Suspects In Rivers

Police kill armed robbers in RiversPolice have killed six suspected armed robbers in Ihuike axis in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State in southern Nigeria.

Confirming the killing, the Rivers State Police Command said the suspects were killed at about 8:45p.m. local time on Saturday.

An official of the command told reporters that the robbers were nabbed while they tried to make away with an 18 passenger bus.

He added that the suspects opened fire when they sighted a police van.

The driver of the bus was said to have lost control and the bus somersaulted while three of the passengers died.

The leader of the gang is one General Igbudu who the Police said had been responsible for the killings in Ahoada community in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The Rivers State Police Command recovered over 37 arms and ammunition in the operation.

Shuaibu Amodu’s Death Is Great Loss To Football Community – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, Shuaibu Amodu, Amodu Shuaibu Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the death of former Super Eagles Coach, Shuaibu Amodu, as a great loss to the football community.

Governor Oshiomhole said this in Okpella Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State in southern Nigeria, where the remains of the four–time coach of the Super Eagles was being laid to rest.

He said that the demise of Shuaibu Amodu was indeed a big loss, especially when Nigeria was still mourning the demise of another former player and coach of the senior national team, Stephen Keshi.

At the burial rites in his hometown, officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and well-wishers joined members of his immediate family to pay the former tactician of BCC Loins of Gboko his last respect.

The NFF, in a statement by its Communication Department, described the late technical director as one of the best coaches Nigeria had produced.Amodu shaibu

The 58-year-old died in the early hours of Saturday, after complaining of chest pain on Friday night.

Shuaibu Amodu had Coach Keshi who died three days prior to his death, as his assistant at the 2002 Cup of Nations in Mali.

He was born on April 18, 1958 and played as a striker for Dumez and Niger Tornadoes before ending his career after a leg injury.

Auchi Polytechnic Riot: Police Arrest 94 Suspects

Auchi Polytechnic, Police Police have arrested 94 suspects for their alleged involvement in the riot that took place in the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State.

The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, gave the figure on Friday during a visit to the school for damage assessment in southern Nigeria.

He vowed that the perpetrators of the vicious act would be brought to justice.

The Police Commissioner said that the suspects who were mostly students of the institution had been charged.

The acting Rector of Auchi Polytechnic, Mr Jafaru Buraimah, refuted claims that the protest was said to have been triggered by the school’s “no fee-no examination policy”.

The riot led to the destruction of at least 160 vehicles and other school property allegedly worth millions of Naira.

Army Extends Charity To Orphanage In Cross River

Orphanage, Army, Cross RiverThe Nigerian Army has donated food items and toiletries to the Uwanse Motherless Babies’ Home in Cross River State, southern Nigeria.

The 13 Brigade Command of the Nigerian Army presented the items to the children at the orphanage in commemoration of the Children’s Day celebration.

Addressing reporters shortly after the presentation and inspection of the children round the wards, the Coordinator, Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NOWA), Mrs Fatima Muhammed, said that there was no better time to show love to the children other than the festive periods when other children were being celebrated.

She enjoined the coordinator of the home to make good use of the items brought for the children while asking the youngsters to be respectable children as they grow.

Ayade Inaugurates Green Police Volunteers In Cross River

Green Police, Ben Ayade, Cross RiverCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has fulfilled one of his campaign promises to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.

The Governor disclosed this on Thursday when he inaugurated 1,500 successful Green Police volunteers drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state in southern Nigeria.

He explained that the marshals would give a new meaning to the forest reserves in Cross River State and assured that none of the volunteers would earn less than 25,000 Naira monthly which would be paid promptly.

Governor Ayade added that their responsibility among others, would also be to ensure that activities of illegal loggers in the state come to an end, urging them to treat the forest like humans by maintaining a clean and green world.

The inauguration exercise, which comes less than few days to the Governor’s one year anniversary in office, took place at the U.J. Esuene Sports Stadium in Calabar, the state’s capital which saw to the commissioning of 25 pickup trucks for the Green Police and the anti-deforestation task force.

The marshals are divided into three categories for nursery development, tree planting and the cadets who would be responsible for the enforcement of forest laws and also compliment effort of the Forestry Commission in the state.

UBTH Nurses Protest Against Kidnap Of Colleague In Edo

Nurses at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) have demanded the immediate release of their abducted colleague, Mrs Rita Aiwerela, who was kidnapped on Sunday in the state’s capital.

The Chairman of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in UBTH, Osigbeme Augustine, decried the upsurge in the rate of kidnap across Nigeria.

The Secretary NANNM in UBTH, Austin Owenaze, also said the family of the victim told them that the abductors were demanding a ransom of 10 million Naira.

He wondered how the family would get such amount of money and called for Mrs Aiwerela’s unconditional release.

The nurses made the demand on Tuesday during a peaceful demonstration at the UBTH premises in Benin City, southern Nigeria.

They expressed worries about the worsening insecurity in Nigeria, especially in Edo State.

They have called on the Edo State government and the security agencies to ensure the release of their colleague.

Army Kill Two Suspects, Rescues Three In Rivers

Army, RiversTroops of Two Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt have killed two suspects in Rivers State, southern Nigeria.

The Deputy Director of Public Relations in the Brigade, Captain Eli Lazarus, disclosed this while briefing reporters on the feat.

He said the Army personnel also recovered assorted arms and ammunition from the suspects during a routine patrol operation in Afam community, Tai Local Government Area of the state.

Captain Lazarus said that the troops rescued three victims from their abductors in Isokpo community, Isiokpo Local Government Area in the oil rich state.

Oshiomhole Drops Abdul Oroh As Commissioner In Edo

Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, Abdul OrohThe Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has relieved Abdul Oroh of his appointment as the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in the southern Nigerian state.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Peter Okhiria, on Monday stated that Oroh’s removal was in the public’s interest and with immediate effect.

The Governor consequently approved the appointment of Mr Kerry Emokpare as the Commissioner-designate for Commerce and Industry in Edo State.

The statement said that Governor Oshiomhole thanked the former Commissioner for his invaluable services to the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

Mr Oroh had been serving as a commissioner since Governor Oshiomhole’s first tenure in the ministries of agriculture, information, culture and tourism, as well as commerce and industry.

Okagbare Sets 11.11 Seconds In Rabat

Blessing Okagbare, RabatAfrican record holder, Blessing Okagbare, has put up a good show to finish second behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson in the women’s 100 metres at the Rabat Diamond League in Morocco.

The Nigerian international proved that she had been making progress in her efforts to get back to her best after setting a new mark of 11.11 seconds compared to her previous season’s best of 11.30 seconds in Kawasaki.

The 27 year-old would be looking forward to setting new season’s best in her other events as the outdoor season progresses.

Okagbare’s best performances so far in 2016 are 22.82 seconds in the 200m, and 6.25m in the long jump.

The track and field athlete, who hails from Delta State, in southern Nigeria specialises in long jumping and short sprints.

She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump, and a world medalist in the 200 metres.