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PH Residents Decry High Costs Of Kerosene, Bread

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Some residents of Port
Harcourt, Rivers State have been lamenting over the recent increase in prices of Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) and bread.
A cross section of the residents who bared their minds in an interview with The Tide correspondent in Port Harcourt said the sudden increase had now possed a great concern to their families and others.
They noted that with the number of children in the house, the situation had made them to do away with bread on their breakfast table, while some who could not afford the original kerosene have now resorted to using the adulterated one popularly known as ‘kpo’ fire kerosene.
The residents who expressed dismay over the development lamented that if it is not checked, could lead to starvation and malnutrition in the state.
They wondered why it should be in Rivers State alone, while other states are enjoying the products even at a lower and affordable prices by the common people in the society.
According to them, a loaf of bread which was sold at N50.00 before, is now N70.00, while a family size that cost N350.00 now sold at N500.00 at most common stores.
The residents, mostly women also lamented that a bottle of ‘kpo’ kerosene in a big eva water container which used to be N100.00 now sells at N150.00 while the 20 litre jery can that was N2,500.00 is now N2,700.00 and above.
They also noted that the pure kerosene is now sold at N170 per bottle while the 20 litre jerry is between N5,500 and N5,800, calling on the authorities to take proactive action in ameliorating the suffering of the masses.
Mama Bukky Taiwo said the hike in price of these commodities had been posing a great challenge in the family as she already cut cost of living.
Another house wife, Mrs Veronica Amadi said bread which is a common food is now for the rich, while she has resorted to using electric stove because of the increase in price of kerosene.
In her reaction, Mrs Ada-Awaji Solomon said she no longer make gain in her periwinkle business as she uses at least two bottles of kerosene to cook the periwinkle, adding that it is seriously affecting her business.
In her reaction, Saki Tom-Manuel said the price increase in bread and kerosene at this period of the time is not the best and appealed to the relevant authorities to do something.

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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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