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Gov Wants Standards For Local Manufacturers

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Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has called on the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry and other relevant agencies of government to set standards for local manufacturers so as to encourage patronage of locally made goods in the country.

Governor Amaechi made the call yesterday during the official flag-off ceremony and sensitisation workshop of the campaign for patronage of made-in-Nigeria products in the South-South zone held in Port Harcourt.

The governor, who also advocated the enactment of laws to punish manufacturers who break standards as well as those who aid them said, the call became necessary because some Nigerians can produce anything just to make money, attributing that to why consumers hate Nigerian made goods.

He pointed out that at the moment, patronage of Nigerian made goods has to do with a lot of patriotism which requires re-orientation of Nigerians to value such goods.

The State Chief Executive, who observed that locally made products were beginning to improve as evident in the pharmaceutical industry said “as Nigerians we must ensure that we think Nigeria, love Nigerian and act Nigeria as we recite in the national pledge, to be faithful, loyal and honest” so that we can move beyond mere gathering to buying made-in-Nigeria products”.

Governor Amaechi also observed that the quality of shoes made in Nigeria nowadays have equally improved as they can last longer than before, and encouraged Nigerians to buy them and other local products such as the popular “akwaete” cloth which he described as one of Nigeria’s finest products.

According to him there are indications that the quality of syringes manufactured in Port Harcourt is better than those produced in China but Nigerians would always prefer to import the ones from China, assuring that the state government would support the campaign to encourage the patronage of locally made products.

The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief Achike Udenwa called on state and local governments as well as other government agencies to ensure that priority is given to the use of Nigerian products in all procurement activities.

Chief Udenwa also appealed to the organized private sector to demonstrate a high sense of consumer patriotism and rise up to the task by ensuring high standards in product quality.

According to the Minister, with the launching of the campaign the journey has begun towards the increased and sustained utilization of made-in-Nigeria products in order to revive local industries, increase industrial productivity and enhance domestic consumption of exports, decrease in imports in line with President Yar’ Adua’s seven point agenda.

He used the occasion to announce the wife of the Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi as the Matron for the made-in-Nigeria goods for the South-South zone.

On his part, the Director Commodities and Products Inspectorate Department of the Federal Ministry of Commerce, Alhaji Usman Gwandu who represented the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. A. K. Muhammad, said the objectives of the made-in-Nigeria products will create jobs, fight poverty and diversify the foreign exchange earning capacity for the nation’s economy.

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Missing Crown: Police Arraign Suspects

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The Police in Delta State have filed a three-count charge of burglary, stealing and felony against Chief Ayiri Emami and others at large before a magistrate’s court sitting in Warri.
The charge, MW/178 C 2021, the Commissioner of Police vs Chief Emami, reads: “That you Chief Emami and others at large on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit felony, burglary and stealing.”
Count II: “That you Chief Emami and others now at large on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District with intent to commit a felony, breaks into a dwelling house of the Olu of Warri.”
Count III: “That you Chief Emami and others now at large, on March 30, 2021, about 11.30p.m., at Olu of Warri Palace, Warri in the Warri Magisterial District did stole two crowns value at N2 billion.”
According to the charge sheet, the alleged stolen crowns belong to Itsekiri.
It also stated that the offences are punishable under certain sections of the Criminal Code Laws of Delta State.
Chief Ayiri pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Ejiro Diejomaoh, granted bail to Ayiri in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties, who must not be persons lower than Level 15 and in like sum.

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Obaseki Promises To Sustain Reforms, Projects

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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has pledged to sustain ongoing reforms and projects to open up new towns and communities in the state for increased economic growth.
Obaseki gave the assurance on Wednesday, when he received the management team of Benin Club 1931, who were on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City.
Reiterating the need to improve the standard and quality of the club to meet the ongoing massive development across the state, the governor said, “We are opening up new areas and towns and there will be new clubs. You must ensure that you improve the standard and quality of the club. There will be competition, I can assure you.
“We need to do quite a bit in terms of rebranding and repositioning of the club. As you see, the city is growing tremendously; the growth trajectory will continue for many years to come.”
Obaseki commended the leadership of Benin Club 1931 for sustaining the Club since 1931, congratulating them for the 90th-anniversary celebration.
“Not many institutions in this country can celebrate or boast of celebrating 90 years or nine decades of existence. It’s quite a lot of achievement; it’s a significant milestone and should be celebrated significantly. Ikoyi Club was founded in 1938 and we are older; we should do things to reflect our importance and significance in this country,” he charged.
Noting the reason for the early set up of the Benin Club, Obaseki added, “British officers had to settle here and occupied the place for a while as they needed a recreation area. That is why we have the club before that of Lagos.”
In his response, President of Benin Club 1931, Fred Ejedawe Iboi commended the governor for the developmental strides being recorded across all sectors of the state.
He noted, “We have done our best to develop the club’s infrastructure, and now, the club is working on installing facial recognition to access the club. We have done our best to improve on the infrastructure we met.”

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NSCDC Arrests Couple Over Children Sale

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Operatives of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom State Command have arrested one Elisha Effiong for allegedly conniving with his wife to sell their two daughters aged six and four, respectively.
Effiong, who lives in Cameroon with his wife was arrested in Uyo on November 15, 2021, through an intelligence report while trying to sell their children, identified as Abasifreke Edet and Rachael Edet.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Umana Ukeme, the suspects said that their decision to want to sell the children was borne out of extreme hardship.
According to the statement, the suspect confided in a private security guard of his plans while the guard, in turn, notified the commandant of the corps, Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi who immediately ordered the arrest of the culprit.
“The suspect, Elisha Edet Effiong, ‘M’ was apprehended with his two children identified as Abasifreke Edet, 6, and Rachel Edet, 4, while attempting to sell them for M700, 000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“Effiong, 40 years was apprehended at FulCare Hospital along Ekpanya Street, where he notified the security guard of his intention to sell his two children to pay off his debt and meet other financial challenges.
“The security guard notified the NSCDC and immediately, Commandant Abidemi Majekodunmi detailed personnel of the anti-human trafficking unit of the corps who swung into action and apprehended the suspect alongside with his two daughters, “ the statement read in part.
According to Ukeme, preliminary investigations have been concluded while the case would be transferred to NAPTIP zonal office, Uyo for the prosecution of the suspect.
The commandant while commending the private security guard for the prompt release of an intelligence report that aided the arrest of the suspect, however, condemned the heinous act, describing it as a crime against humanity.
He called on the people of Akwa Ibom State to always avail personnel of the corps with timely and actionable intelligence that could lead to arrest and tracking of criminal elements in the state.

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