Ban on frozen turkey, chicken shoots prices up

The enforcement of the import ban on frozen turkey and chicken has sent the prices of the items up by more than 35% in Lagos major markets. A survey by NAN at Mile 12 and Ijora markets showed that a carton of turkey now sells for N11,000 from N7,500, while chicken goes for N9,500 from N6,500.

At Dopemu and Agege main markets, a kilo of the turkey goes for N1,150 from N750, while chicken sells for N1,050 from N650.

A visit to cold stores in Ayangburen, Sabo, Obale and Ejino markets in Ikorodu showed that only few of them had the items. At the Iyana Ipaja area of the state, only one cold store had the products in stock and it was sold at N1, 100 per kilo.

Federal Government banned the importation of frozen chicken and turkey in 2003 but the ban was not enforced.

On July 7, the Nigeria Customs Service flagged off a fresh enforcement of the ban. The new measures seem to have a bite following the soaring price of the items barely nine days after the fresh campaign by the customs. Alhaja Afusat Popoola, Iyaloja of Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government, confirmed that the shortfall in supply was responsible for the price increase.

“Although, it is still available at Ijora market being the hub of frozen food items but the availability is in limited quantity and price has increased. “The present situation will not only affect turkey and chicken but frozen fish will also be affected.

“There is, however, a lot of frozen fresh fish in stock,” Popoola said. Akinbiyi Adeyele, an economist, urged the Federal Government to cushion the effects of the impact by providing incentive and investing more in livestock agriculture. He said: “We all agree that smuggling is bad for the country’s economy.

The government should create a form of intervention so that those that are trading in this frozen food business will be encouraged to take up livestock production.”

He stressed that the overall effect would impact positively on job creation, boost the nation’s food security, agricultural sector and the economy generally, NAN report

 

Nigeria’s President Buhari vows to ‘save’ Nollywood from piracy

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhgari has vowed to save the country’s entertainment industry from pirates.He said the Nollywood film industry was doing well but unless it was backed, it would be “ruined by pirates”.

The industry is worth $5bn (£3bn), but filmmakers still struggle to make a profit because of piracy. Despite being hastily shot on low budgets, their focus on love, betrayal and witchcraft is hugely popular across Africa.

President Buhari ordered security agencies to identify those involved in copyright piracy and bring them to justice

Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 17th and Monday 20th July, 2015, as public holidays to mark id-el-fitr sallah celebration. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, in a statement on Tuesday, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government.

National Broadcasting Commission block ‘’Radio Biafra’’

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr Shade Yemi-Esan disclosed in Abuja shortly after she had briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the ministry.

She said “right now the signals from radio Biafra have been jammed successfully by the NBC. “The commission is also working with security agencies to get those behind that radio because it is an illegal radio, it is not licensed by anybody to be on the airwaves in Nigeria.”

The Permanent Secretary said the president expressed concerns about piracy in Nollywood and gave instruction to the ministry to work harder to ensure that the producers of Nollywood films get what was due to them and that piracy is reduced to the barest minimum.

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday in Addis, appealed to the international community to assist African countries repatriate stolen funds. He said they should also help stop and track illicit financial flow from the continent.

Osinbajo made the appeal in an address during the plenary session of the third United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development, holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, the Vice President identified corruption as a major impediment to development. He underscored the need for the global community to adopt concerted efforts against the scourge.

This conference must come up with a mechanism for dismantling safe havens and the return of stolen funds and assets to the countries of origin as mandated in the United Nations Conventions Against Corruption and Transnational Organised Crime,” the vice president was quoted as saying. He also called on global leaders, experts and the international community, to pay attention to the plight of the poor across the world.

Osinbajo recalled that during the last global financial crisis, nations and governments worked out a bail out that took them out of the situation. He therefore wondered that “if we can bail out the rich, why not bail out the poor who have neither voice nor representation?”

He said President Buhari administration was committed to setting appropriate spending targets on social services to address poverty, hunger, inequality and unemployment particularly among the youths. Osinbajo also asked the international community to develop a viable mechanism to deal with the scourge of terrorism as it addressed all aspects of human security for a truly sustainable development.

He said global terrorism constituted a potent threat to peace, stability and economic development of countries worldwide. “We must take parallel action to intensify efforts towards blocking all sources of funding for terrorist activities,” he added.

Osinbajo also called for the establishment of a Global Fund for Educational Development on the same scale as the UN Global Fund to Fight AIDS and other major diseases.

A fund, he said would support universal free and quality primary education especially in developing countries, will, according to him “make a difference in our world in the next 15 years. It should replicate the successes registered by the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.”

Buhari leaves for United States on Sunday

President Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday to the United States  on a four-day official visit during which he will hold talks with President Barack Obama and other senior officials of the United States government.

According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the president, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, top on the agenda of Buhari’s talks with President Obama and United States government officials will be measures to strengthen and intensify bilateral and international cooperation against terrorism in Nigeria and West-Africa.

It said the president, who will meet with Obama at the White House next Monday, will later hold further discussions with the Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey and the Deputy Secretary of Defence, Robert Work, on military and defence cooperation.

Buhari is also scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and confer with the US Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch; the Secretary of Treasury, Jack Lew; Secretary of Commerce, Penny  Pritzker and the US Trade representative, Michael Froman on United States support for his administration’s war against corruption as well as fresh measures to boost Nigeria-United States trade relations.

The statement said the president would be received by the United States Secretary of State at the State Department in Washington before holding meetings with the United States Senate and Congressional Committees on Foreign Relations as well as the Black Caucus of the United States House of Representatives.

Before leaving Washington DC, President Buhari would address the United States Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Council for Africa.

The statement revealed that Buhari, who will be accompanied by the governors of Imo, Nasarawa, Edo, Borno and Oyo states as well as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment, will also host an interactive session with Nigerians in the United States.

The statement explained that the trip would also afford President Buhari the opportunity of a reunion with members of the American War College Class of 1980 in which he was a participant.

He is expected back in the next Thursday.

Meanwhile, former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday to discuss matters relating to the president’s trip.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the diplomat said he exchanged ideas with the president on the Washington visit.

“I had a positive discussion with the president, we discussed international affairs, including in particular, his forthcoming visit to the United States on the invitation of President Obama.

“We also touched on some national issues because of the strong link between foreign policy and domestic issues. I put at his disposal the benefits of my long experience on governance matters with Heads of Governments of 54-member countries of the Commonwealth and also other issues related to internal affairs.”

Also with the president on Thursday was the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu, who said he was invited to the Presidential Villa by the president

By Agency Report, Kede Aihie

Author: nmmin

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