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UN Tasks Poor Nations On 2015 Targets

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ficials have urged the bloc of developing countries known as the “Group of 77 and China”, to work collectively towards reaching the anti-poverty targets known as the MDGs by the 2015 deadline.
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, General-Assembly President, John Ashe, stated this during the handing over to the Foreign Minister of Bolivia RabuInoke Kubuabola.
He will represent the Bolivian President, Evo Morales as chairman of the forum.
The Group, established in 1964 by 77 states, now has more than 130 countries, some two-thirds of the UN membership, and over 60 per cent of the world’s population.
“Less than two years remain to the end of 2015. In that time, we must do much more to achieve the MDGs, define a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda and agree on a global climate agreement,’’ Ki-moon said.
Ki-moon noted the importance of members of the forum working together with the available tools to eradicate poverty, improve social and economic well-being and lay the foundations for a sustainable future.
“We live in a time of almost limitless possibility,” Ki-moon said, noting that the time had come when the stakes had never been higher.
Also speaking, the president of the general assembly stressed the importance of working collectively, particularly to lay the groundwork for a post-2015 development agenda.
“The next 12 months will determine whether or not we are able to deliver on the promises of 2015.
“Under Bolivia’s watch, the G77 will have an important role to play in the activities and processes that will, as the saying goes, make or break our collective success,’’ he stated.
Marking the G77’s 50th anniversary, Ashe commended the forum for its strong commitment to working together over the years, even as goals and national circumstances have changed.
“You are an example of the might of South-South Cooperation, and a harbinger of greater collaboration that is yet to come,” he said.
Speaking to newsmen after the ceremony, Morales noted that food security, poverty reduction and creating sustainable ways to protect the earth, was among the world’s most pressing issues.
He expressed the hope that those and other concerns, would bring about successful, concrete conclusions at a summit he planned to hold in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in June 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Group.
“This is a time of people, not empires. Bankers and big corporate directors often become countries’ leaders, but in Bolivia, we seek to govern through the people,’’ he said.

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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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