NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 JULY, 2018].

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Fayemi’s victory an endorsement of Buhari administration, says FG
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

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The Federal Government yesterday described the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election as a referendum on the performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, declaring: “Nigerians have given their verdict.”The keenly contested election had pitted APC contestant and former Minster of Solid Minerals Development Kayode Fayemi against Deputy Governor Olusola-Eleka.

Making the disclosure at a press conference in Lagos, Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the outcome was also a “death knell for fake news.” According to him, “Anyone who monitored the social media before and during the election would think it would be a landslide for the PDP. But the reality is different.”Mohammed, who thanked Ekiti people for ensuring the election was credible, accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of rigging the 2014 poll in the state.

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He added: “They barred two serving governors from travelling to Ekiti to support their fellow governor. They willfully shut the Akure airport. We, leaders of then opposition APC, were forced to return to Lagos by road in the night. With the roles reversed in 2018, we did not pay the PDP back in its own coin, because of our strong belief in the rule of law. The rest is history.”

Buhari, earlier, commended the governor-elect and party supporters, urging them to be magnanimous in victory, as the incoming administration prepares to unfold a new lease of life for the people of Ekiti through purposeful and responsible governance.

In a statement through Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, Buhari urged the losers to be gallant in conceding defeat and use constitutional means to settle their grievances.He also appealed to stakeholders in Ekiti to work towards a successful transition to a new administration. “The people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear and democracy has won again,” he said.

APC National Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu also congratulated Fayemi, saying the triumph opens a new chapter to the people of the state, who voted for a path different from the one they had trodden.

In a statement, ‘Ekiti Election: A Victory for the People’, which he personally signed, he expressed confidence that Fayemi would keep faith with the programmes and policies of the APC to improve the lives of Ekiti people. “I know Dr. Fayemi will establish an all-inclusive government that involves all stakeholders in his administration and in the governance of the state,” he said.

Tinubu praised Olusola-Eleka and Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose for putting up a determined contest without resorting to violence and urged them,

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“as prominent citizens and leaders of Ekiti, to move forward in that same spirit. Let there be an orderly transition from the outgoing to the incoming government.”He assured Fayose: “Fayemi is a man of integrity and his government will not be one of recrimination. It is a government of the people and as such will focus its attention on helping the people, not suppressing yesterday’s political opponents.”He also commended the people of Ekiti State for embracing peace and mutual respect for each other rather than “turning things upside down.”

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The Guardian bags NiOMA award after NiRA honour
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

Barely a week after it bagged two industry recognitions at the yearly Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) .ng media awards, your respected newspaper, at the weekend in Lagos, received another.
The Guardian won the Newspaper Website of the Year award in the gold category at the 2018 Nigeria Online Merit Award (NiOMA).According to the organisers, the newspaper, which is the flagship of the Nigerian media, has transformed the landscape both online and offline, pointing the way forward for other media houses.

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They urged The Guardian to keep the fire burning and not relent its efforts in dictating the media space in the country.The award was received by Head of Digital Guardian, Lolade Nwanze, who ascribed the achievement to the drive by the management of the organisation to attain efficiency at all times.

The Guardian Publisher Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru and the Chairman Guardian Editorial Board Prof. Wale Omole were in attendance, adding colour to the event.The conference was themed, ‘Leveraging the Internet Revolution to Leapfrog Nigeria’s Development’.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State bagged the e-Governor of the Year; the Chairman, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh, who doubled as the Guest Speaker of the occasion, got the ICT Icon of the Year; Best State Website of the Year went to Akwa Ibom, while State Innovative e-Project of the Year went to Abia.

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) bagged the Best MDA Website of the Year. The Bank Website of the Year went to Fidelity Bank Plc. The Minister of the Year, according to NiOMA organisers, went to the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu.

NiOMA Secretary Sunny Okim noted that there have been many important discoveries which have changed the way things work in the world over the years, “but none of them can be compared with the Internet, which is changing the world in a very fast pace.”

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Okim said the online world is changing the real world at breakneck speed and Nigerians are not left behind.According to him, those who are not online today may just discover in a few years to come that the world has left them behind. “It is this all-important role, which online has come to play in human life, that informed organising this event to fish out and recognise some individuals and organisations in the country whose online presence has impacted positively on the lives of the people.

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Glut in egg production triggers call for industrialisation, value chain creation
Mon, 16 Jul 2018

Femi Ibirogba aggregates views of farmers, scientists and entrepreneurs in the poultry industry on the way out of low demand for eggs, industrialisation of the product and other issues around value chain development.

Farmers and input producers in the poultry industry have called on the government, investors and industrialists to save the sector that employs over 25 per cent of the total farm workforce in Nigeria from total collapse.Nigeria is one of the biggest producers of eggs, with an annual production of about 10.3 billion units, the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has revealed, but the sector is crisis-ridden due to challenges revolving around poor value chain development.

They listed, in an exclusive with The Guardian, egg glut as the most devastating challenge facing the poultry sector.Factors responsible for recurrent egg glut cycles include school holidays, poor purchasing power of Nigerians, lack of preservative technologies, and patronage of imported egg powder by confectionery giants, among others.

In April this year, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) had advised poultry industry operators to consider and invest in production of egg powder as one of the ways out of challenge.Production of egg powder requires huge capital on equipment that process eggs to powdery substances used in confectioneries. However, Director-General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma had said egg remained an important food nutrient for consumers across the country. The SON boss also gave a glimpse of the effect on the country’s foreign exchange reserves, saying resources that could have been saved and used for developmental purposes if the country could produce egg powder were being squandered on importation.

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Egg powder is included in the production of bread, cakes, biscuits, noodles and ice-cream, and doughnuts, apart from other domestic uses. However, Nigeria can boast of only one egg powder facility.Also, Mr. Emmanuel Iregbeyen, Chief Executive Officer of Emiraz Farms, has said lack of adequate poultry preservation technology has created a gap between demand and supply. He said eggs also become scarce occasionally, forcing price up. This, he said, happens once in a blue moon, while glut is a usual threat. Egg glut occurs in a period when eggs are surplus or in abundance with low purchase or demand.

Increase in the cost of poultry feeds, poor returns on investment, and lack of preservation technology were some of the challenges facing local poultry farmers.“Poultry farming is highly capital intensive and farmers do not have much access to funds. In practical terms, the cost of raw materials and poultry feed is on the increase. We are in a period of egg glut, a time where we have so much of our product and no market for them,” he said.

Causes of egg gluts
PAN Chairman in Oyo State, Mr. Banji Akanji, said to combat egg gluts and losses recorded by farmers, consumption pattern has to change through advocacy and awareness about the benefits of egg consumption.“In developed nations, a person consumes an average of 485 eggs per annum, but in Nigeria, some people take 10 eggs in a year. We do not eat enough eggs,” Akanji said.

He attributed the low consumption of eggs to very low per capita income, fuelling poverty and poor eating patterns.Former PAN Chairman in Oyo State, Mr. John Olateru, attributed the glut in the last two years to failure of the confectionery companies to patronise fresh local eggs for their industrial usage. He said the big players opted for imported egg powder while they had machines to convert fresh eggs for their use, leaving the local farmers stranded and the poultry sector stressed.He accused them of using importation to take the foreign reserves abroad, dehydrating the local economy in the process. Iregbeyen agreed with Akanji that “We are still at a level where we are yet to have factories that can turn poultry products into other uses like egg powder. We are lagging behind in preserving our poultry produce.

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EFCC takes over as court orders forfeiture of Safetower estate
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
A federal High Court, Lagos has ordered an interim forfeiture of the multi -billion naira Safetowers Estate located at Ikate, Lekki.The project is being promoted by Safetrust Mortgage Bank Limited and Macbosh Properties Limited.
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FG to complete abandoned projects in Ebonyi varsity
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
The Federal Government has pledged to complete all abandoned federal government funded projects in Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State.President Muhammadu Buhari made this known when he commissioned some ecological projects initiated and completed in the university.
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My administration’s success in health sector exceptional, says Aregbesola
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has declared that the success recorded by his administration in the health sector would be difficult to surpass by any government.’Osun remains the only state nationwide that has promoted mass participation in healthy living as reflected in the number of health-related programmes….
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FAO, WFP launch agricultural livelihoods programme in Northeast
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with World Food Programme (WFP) have flagged off livelihoods support programme to people affected by insurgency with seeds and fertilizer in the Northeast.
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Architects’ new eco-housing module demonstrates sustainable living
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
A new eco-housing module has been released by UN Environment and Yale University in collaboration with UN Habitat, to spark public discussion and fresh ideas on how sustainable design can provide decent, affordable housing while limiting the overuse of natural resources and climate change.
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Conservation group wants protection for Lagos coastline communities
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
Determined to protect biodiversity from being wiped off in Lekki and other adjoining communities, frontline environmental group, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has called on the federal government to urgently assist the Lagos State government in building more shorelines.
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Ambode asks Lagos residents for support, patience over roads construction
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday charged Lagos residents to be patient and support the ongoing construction of roads in major routes across the state.His appeal followed slow traffic along and around the routes of the construction works.
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nPDP/R-APC and the balance of forces in the APC
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
In international relations discourse or practice, balance of power is understood as a state of equilibrium of forces in which no side has the resources to go to war with another or others with likelihood of success. The schism in the APC manifesting in observable tension between the Executive and Legislative arms of government…
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Private sector demands new policy, incentives in NDC implementation
Mon, 16 Jul 2018
Following the urgency to curtail disastrous consequences of climate change in all sectors of the economy, the private sector operatives are seeking for policy framework and incentives that will enable them engage in the reduction of greenhouse (GHGs) emissions.
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