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ALGON, Others Condemn Amaechi’s Ekiti ‘Detention’

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Vice President Namadi Sambo (right), in a handshake with the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil (left), during a courtesy visit by North South Power Limited executives in Abuja recently. With them is the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo.

Vice President Namadi Sambo (right), in a handshake with the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil (left), during a courtesy visit by North South Power Limited executives in Abuja recently. With them is the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo.

The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Rivers State Chapter, has condemned the detention and arrest of Governor Chibuike Amaechi while on his way for the final rally last Thursday of the governorship elections in Ekiti State by security agents.
Chairman of ALGON and Caretaker Committee Chairman of Eleme, Mr Oji Ngofa in a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt said the action amounts to trampling on Governor Amaechi’s human rights and a slap on Rivers people.
“The imprisonment of Governor Amaechi in Ondo State is the imprisonment of the whole of Rivers state. ALGON wonders if the action is a reward for contributing significant chunk of the revenue of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He assured that the association would seek legal means to get redress and defend the rights of Rivers people who gave their mandate to Governor Amaechi.
Ngofa also said the action sent wrong signals to the international community that Nigeria does not respect human rights of movement and freedom of association.
Besides, he warned that Federal Government was showing that the PDP-led government is afraid to compete in a free and fair elections, reasoning that the shabby treatment meted to the governor was “ indicative of the troubles ahead especially in orgainsing a free and fair credible elections in 2015”.
“It reduces Nigeria in the eyes of the international community”, Ngofa warned, saying, “Nobody has given any reason or explanation on why he should be so treated.”
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former National Assembly member, Hon. Igo Aguma said the action was reminiscent of the, “NPN days of verdict 1983 and limits of frustration in trying to succeed oneself.”
“We are beginning to see the hand but I tell them that indeed that Nigeria has matured. We will them that Nigeria is a country that has enabled a university lecturer becomes a president. That democracy that enabled him to actualize himself as a Nigerian moreso as a Southerner and minority that democracy all of us will protect.”
Aguma assured that the people will not be deterred by the bullying action and will continue to support the governor.
On his part, a labour leader, James Kobah described the incident as unfortunate considering the status of the governor.
“We hope the federal government is not trying to play a game…It’s the height of insult on our leader” Kobah observed.
He called on the security agents to release the governor and ensure that,” he is not hurt or insulted in any manner”.
Kobah warned that the FG should be mindful of the consequences of taking such action considering the heated political space.
He supported of any legal action to be sought by the governor to seek redress.

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians To EU Ban On Dex Soap

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The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has alerted Nigerians on the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), by the European Union (EU).
The notification is contained in a public alert with No. 012/2024, signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, and issued to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
“The product does not comply with the cosmetic products regulation; it also contains Butyphenyl Methylpropional (BMHCA), which is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its risk of harming the reproductive system.
“It also causes harm to the health of unborn children and may cause skin sensitisation.
“It is as a result of the defective nature of the product that the EU banned it.
“The products is not in NAFDAC database; importers, distributors, retailers and consumers are to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain,” she said.
NAFDAC boss urged marketers and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the product, stressing that product’s authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.
She enjoined members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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Communities, Volunteers Ready To Face Upcoming Floods – Red Cross

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The Country Manager of the British Red Cross in Nigeria, Karsten Voigt, says communities and volunteers are ready to face the challenges expected with the upcoming floods.
Voigt said this at the sidelines of the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos Branch.
The Tide’s source recalls that the British Red Cross donated resilience items to some communities in December 2023, to help mitigate the effects of flooding.
The items included cash, rain boots, rain coats, mosquito nets, handheld flashlights, solar powered lights with radio, USB chargers and a bridge to link the communities.
The communities that benefited included Agboyi 1, Agboyi 2, Agboyi 3 and Odo Ogun in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state.
Voigt said the Red Cross had measured the impact of the project in the communities and noticed that a lot of progress had been made.
According to him, apart from the cash and items given to the communities, simulation exercises have also been carried out to prepare the volunteers ahead of the floods.
“We have seen that people used the cash to address immediate needs they have after floods.
“Many households have used part of the cash to build up businesses.
“The solutions we have given to them are not only addressing their immediate needs after the disaster but actually building family income for their future,” he said.

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Nimet Forecasts Three-Day Sunshine, Thunderstorms

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and thunderstorm from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet’s weather outlook released yesterday in Abuja, forecasts sunny skies on Monday with a few patches of cloud over the northern cities and prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Taraba later in the day.
According to the forecast, sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with prospects of morning thunderstorm over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara States.
“Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi and Benue States.
“The southern region is expected to be cloudy with spells of sunshine with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo and Lagos States.
“ In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Oyo, Ondo, Edo, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Rivers, Lagos and Bayelsa States,” it said.
NiMet also anticipated sunny skies on Tuesday with few patches of cloud over the northern states with prospects of isolated thunderstorms envisaged over parts of Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Kaduna States during the afternoon and evening hours.
It envisaged the North Central region to be sunny with patches of cloud during the morning hours.
The agency also envisaged isolated thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kogi, Benue, Kwara and Niger States, later in the day.
“Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South, with chances of morning thunderstorm over parts of Cross River, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
“In the afternoon/evening periods, isolated thunderstorms are anticipated over parts of Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Edo, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Rivers and Bayelsa States ,” it said.
It predicted a sunny atmosphere on Wednesday, with patches of cloud over the northern region, during the forecast period.
“Sunny skies with patches of clouds are expected over the North Central region with chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, the Federal Capital Territory and Benue States, during the afternoon/evening periods.
“ Cloudy atmosphere with intervals of sunshine is expected over the inland and coastal areas of the South with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia.”
Other states to experience cloudy atmosphere, are “Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo, Cross River, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States, later in the day.”
NiMet urged the public to take adequate precaution as strong winds might precede rains in areas where thunderstorms were likely to occur.
The agency also urged airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from its office for effective planning in their operations.

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