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SANWO-OLU SEEKS APPROVAL FOR BADAGRY, LEKKI SEAPORTS

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…Receives House of Reps Committee on Seaports Decongestion

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to accelerate the process of giving approval to the State’s request to build two seaports in Lekki and Badagry.

The Governor said the State had already deployed resources and manpower to the construction of the seaports, which, he said, were being initiated to complement the capacities of the existing ports in Apapa and Tin Can Island.

Sanwo-Olu spoke while receiving members of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Ports Decongestion led by Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub, said Lagos needed two additional ports which would serve the State and also build the national economy.

He said: “Lagos needs to have two other ports which would not only serve us, but also build the national economy. We have initiated the development of Lekki seaport, which has started. We are building another port in Badagry.

“But, we are still in conversation with the NPA to grant the approval, because we have added five developers, financiers and partners on the Badagry port. If we can finish the construction of both seaports, it would free up the congestion in Apapa axis and create new business hub for our people.”

The Governor said the Federal Government’s move to grow non-oil sector and boost the economy would be rewarding if the capacities of existing seaports were efficiently maximised. He pointed out the need to enhance the efficiency of the Apapa and Tin Can Island seaports for improved non-oil revenue generation, stressing that the decongestion of the two ports was long overdue.

Sanwo-Olu said his visit to the two Lagos ports within 48 hours after he assumed office was an indication of the strategic role of the two seaports were playing in sustaining the state’s 24-hour economy.

He said the setting up of a joint Taskforce by the State and the Federal Government to tackle gridlocks along the routes leading to the Ports was a step to prepare the ground for full decongestion of the facilities, urging that the effort should be complemented with a total overhaul of the seaports’ operations for improved efficiency.

He said: “Smooth operation of the Lagos seaports is not only critical to sustaining our commerce in Lagos State, it is also critical to the growth of the national economy. If, in truth, we want to be serious about developing non-oil sector to boost the economy, it is important for us to take proper action and decision on our seaports because they have great potential to completely transform the national economy.

“More importantly, we need to look for solution that will reflect on the two port gateways of this nation, which are the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports. It is clear that those ports are overwhelmed, because the level of yearly turnout coming out of them has since doubled.”

The move by Lagos Government to build two additional ports, Sanwo-Olu pointed out, was part of the measures being undertaken by the State to support the Federal Government’s effort to decongest and reduce pressure on the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports.

Hon. Yakub said the ad-hoc committee was set up by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to investigate the cause of congestion of the seaports, with the task to give recommendation towards solving the existing challenges for non-oil businesses to thrive.

Describing the seaports as “critical gateways”, the lawmaker promised that the recommendation to be submitted by the committee would lead to the maximum utilisation of the seaports as well as generate jobs for the youths.

He said: “The House of Representatives believes the seaports are critical gateways for exchange of consumer goods. If our seaports are not functioning optimally, our economy would be sick. We will handle this oversight function with the urgency it demands to turn around our ports and make them efficient.”

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WHY MATHEMATICS IS CRUCIAL TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – PROMASIDOR MD

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Mathematics education is the very foundation of society and the pillar of science and technology without which a nation can never become prosperous and economically independent.
This was the submission of Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Anders Einarsson while speaking last weekend in Lagos, at the finals of season 5 of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show sponsored by Cowbell Milk, the flagship brand of his company.
Einarsson further explained in a chat with newsmen that the importance of Mathematics in the life of individuals and nations cannot be over emphasised, adding that he was very impressed that the Cowbellpedia initiative has achieved its objective going by the record number of 56,073 participants that took the qualifying examination this year.
This according to him, is a huge testament to the Cowbellpedia initiative and the interest that Nigerians have in Mathematics. “I am convinced that with the arrays of talents displayed by these young Nigerians here today, Nigeria can rule the world. I advise the youth to continue to sustain their interest in Mathematics because the future is theirs,” he said.
He maintained that Promasidor has found a correlation between the development of cognitive ability that Cowbell Our Milk, gives, and its passion for Nigeria.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Stephen Adebunmi, who represented the Acting Registrar of the NECO, Mr Abubakar Gana, explained that since Mathematics is very central to human and nation’s capacity, the subject deserves all the support from public and private organisations.
The NECO boss commended Promasidor for providing “an excellent platform” to showcase these young Nigerian Mathematicians and future inventors.
Meanwhile, in a thrilling Cowellpedia Mathematics competition final encounter last weekend, Michael Enehizena of The Scholars Universal Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State and Oghenero Ologe of Zionfield Pinnacle School, Ikorodu, Lagos State won the crown in the Junior and Senior category respectively.
Also in the Junior category, Abdul-Quayum Alli, of Ota Total Academy, Ota, Ogun State, and David Charles of Graceland International Secondary, School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, came second and third respectively.

Akinyemi Dabira of The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State and Hezekiah Olabisi of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun emerged as first and second runner-up respectively in the Senior category.
The two champions got N2 million each and an all-expense paid education excursion outside the country.
The first and second runners-up in each category received N1.5 million and N1 million respectively, while the teachers of the top prize winners were awarded N500, 000. Those of the first and second runners-up received N400, 000 and N300, 000 respectively.
– Ends –
Promasidor was founded in 1979 by Robert Rose, who left the United Kingdom in 1957 for Zimbabwe to pursue his African dream. It has since grown with presence in 25 African countries. Promasidor Nigeria has achieved tremendous growth since it commenced operations in 1993 with 6 product brands in the market.

Promasidor produce, distribute and market quality range of products such as Cowbell, Loya, & Miksi milk, Top Tea, Onga seasoning across the country bringing joy to millions of consumers. Its Milk powders, culinary and beverage products are affordable, delicious and good for all.

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NAFDAC says it will reduce substandard and falsified drugs to five per cent prevalence by 2025

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Professor Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC boss

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it will reduce substandard and falsified medicines to five per cent prevalence by 2025 in the country.

The Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

Adeyeye said that one of the strategic plans of NAFDAC was to reduce substandard and falsified medicines to “not more than five per cent prevalence” in Nigeria by the year 2025.

She said that “the last data we have on the prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in Nigeria is 16.7 per cent.”

She, however, added that the 16.7 per cent prevalence was 14 years ago, noting that it was time the agency did another survey to determine the present percentage of prevalence of substandard and falsified medicines in the country.

Adeyeye explained that NAFDAC had been proactive and vigilant toward curbing substandard and falsified medicines in the country, stressing that the move became necessary to safeguard the health of the populace.

She said that the agency would make it mandatory to identify and test the active pharmaceutical ingredient in all imported and locally manufactured drugs in the country from January 2020.

This, according to her, is to ensure compliance with international standards.

The director-general noted that besides safeguarding the health of the people, the regulatory control would also build confidence in Nigerians about the medicines available in the country.

Adeyeye, who said that substandard drugs could come through importation, explained that NAFDAC started enforcing regulations and control of active pharmaceutical ingredients of all drugs imported or manufactured locally in 2019.

He added that the agency had been requesting for the drug master file that had the history of processing and safety of the drugs.

She said that in 2018, the agency started a country-wide inspection of 165 companies, using the international standard to ascertain Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance.

Adeyeye added that part of the GMP was the use of appropriate manufacturing equipment and facilities by manufacturers to ensure adequate control.

She said that measures were also put in place for the production of quality products.

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TOP EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT, ADEDEJI MICHAEL RECEIVES THE ENTREPRENEUR AFRICA PRIZE FOR EDUCATION

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ADEDEJI MICHAEL receiving the award

Top educational services consultant, Mr. Adedeji Michael was again honoured and celebrated penultimate Saturday, 2nd November, 2019 when he received The Entrepreneur Africa Prize for Education, organised by The Entrepreneur Africa Award 2019. The glamorous event took place at Terra Kulture Arena, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Entrepreneur Africa is a media entrepreneurship lifestyle company,
with primary focus on African businesses and the people behind them, celebrating economic freedom, and reward enterprise and innovation.”

It would be recalled that
The amiable Michael is an eminent professional, educationist .
Adedeji Michael has gained a prominent position in society due to the exemplary work he has done in his career in the education sector. His raise to prominence in such a short span can be attributed to his strong will power, caliber, conviction, dedication and leadership quality.

He was a big player and core contributor to Nigerian Schools Cultural Festival in 2008 and 2009 respectively organized at Lagos State Council for Arts & Culture where he delivered lecture on literacy in literature in the 21stcentury academics.
Adedeji Michael Ademola has attended so many professional courses/seminars & conferences in Nigeria and abroad to expand his horizon and gain more experience in what he enjoys doing.

• NISCUFEST: Nigerian Schools Cultural Festival in 2008 & 2009 – Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria.
• AACE: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education in 2014 – Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
• EUROMONEY CONFERENCES: The Nigeria Banking and capital markets conference in 2014. Eko Hotel & Suites. Lagos Nigeria.
• AKWAABA AFRICAN TRAVEL MARKET Nov 2016: Convention center, Eko Hotel & Suites. Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
• NLP (Neuro – Linguistic Programming) SEMINAR –INNOCENTMINDS EDUCATION AND TRAINING. LAGOS – FEB 19TH- 25TH, 2018
• International Education Fair 2019 – Sheraton Hotel Ikeja Lagos.

Adedeji michael has made a distinct contribution to modernizing and revitalizing the existing education system that had lost its vigor and become rusted over time. Born out of the need to infuse into the existing educational system, an outstanding program that will greatly benefit students in secondary school of learning came (DSELF) Digital School Education Literature Film from the parent company which Michael is the brain behind this great initiative.
The DSELF is an educative, informative and entertaining film show project for secondary schools that do not have opportunity to watch literature texts that is been thought in their various schools.
Recommended English literature text movies that is currently in WAEC, NECO &GCE syllabus is being digitally displayed on big screen with multi-dimensional sound effects, creating a general fun-filled atmosphere to learn.
Having established presence in over 4,500 secondary schools in Lagos region and beyond.

It would be recalled that he was honoured July 28, 2019 in Lagos when he received 2019 Prestige Excellence Award as Outstanding and Innovative Educational Service Provider of the.

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