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Lottery Commission To Arrest Illegal Operators

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The National Lottery Regulation Commission has threatened to arrest and prosecute illegal operators of lottery business in Ebonyi State.

The Zonal Coordinator for Ebonyi and Cross River States, Mrs Priscilla Onuzulu,gave the warning last Tuesday in Abakaliki when she paid a courtesy visit to the Ebonyi office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“All lottery agents in the country are expected to operate according to the provisions of the Act governing the venture. It is unfortunate that lottery is not popular or religiously embraced in Nigeria,’’ she said.

Onuzulu described lottery as a veritable source of income for individuals and government as well as a key factor for development.

“Lottery generates a greater percentage of employment in the society. I will, therefore, advise affluent Nigerians to embark on the venture.

Although it is not well known in this part of the country just as it is in the west. That is why we are in Ebonyi to sensitise the people on its advantages. We shall prosecute unlicensed agents and assist individuals who nurse grievances over lottery promotions to get redress,’’ she said.

Onuzulu solicited the support of NAN in promoting lottery venture in Ebonyi and the nation.

“Our visit to NAN is imperative due to the unbridled position the agency occupies as the foremost news dissemination channel in the country. We are trying to stamp our presence in the state and needs news channels such as NAN to adequately propagate our messages to Ebonyi people. Ventures such as lottery are alien to Ebonyi people due to the level of literacy and exposure of the citizens,’’ she said.

According to her, the commission would carry out a comprehensive enlightenment programme to educate the people on the inherent opportunities in lottery business.

“The commission ensures that there is no manipulation in lottery services, as the outcome is determined by chance.

In his response, Mr Nick Nicholas, the State Correspondent of NAN in Ebonyi, commended the commission for the initiative and pledged the agency’s support in the promotion of its ideals.

“NAN is an internationally acclaimed news medium that reports and disseminates news fairly and with utmost objectivity.

“Your partnership with NAN would ensure that your ideals and programmes will be disseminated to all parts of the state and country in general,’’ he said.

Nicholas advised the commission to be proactive in enlightening the people on the benefits of lottery in order to achieve its aims and objectives.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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