FG opens Ijora 7Up Bridge, working on Third Mainland, Alaka Bridges

By Kunle SHONUGA The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Friday opened the Ijora 7Up Bridge which was closed to traffic for repairs in July, after undergoing rehabilitation works. The  ministry has also began rehabilitation works on the Third Mainland Bridge and Alaka Bridges. While opening the Ijora Bridge to traffic, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, said that the damaged bridge was closed for repairs about five months ago. Kuti said that all the expansion joints on the bridge were bad, saying that…

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SON seeks approval to stay at ports to check substandard imports

By Thompson ABISOLA The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it will reduce the importation of substandard products by 75 per cent by 2019, if permitted to stay in the ports. SON’s Director of Inspection and Compliance Directorate, Mr Obiora Manafa,  made this known in Lagos on Friday. The director, who spoke against the backdrop of enforcement, told NAN that SON’s invitation to partake in cargo examination at the port was stalling its operations. “It is not in our interest and that of the nation for sister operatives resident at…

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SON partners freight forwarders on substandard imports

By Aliyu DANLADI The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Thursday in Lagos said it was aligning with freight forwarders to che ck importation of substandard goods. It said it organised the one-day sensitisation workshop was for Maritime Stakeholders Awareness Forum to enlist the assistance of the maritime operators in the fight against substandard goods. The theme of the workshop was “Collaboration as a Tool for Zero Substandard Import.” The Director-General (DG) of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma, described freight forwarders as critical in the organisation’s quest for standardisation. The DG,…

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LCCI tasks FG on improvement of business environment

By Aliyu DANLADI The President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI),Mr Babatunde Ruwase says the Federal Government has a huge task in fostering an environment where businesses can thrive better. Ruwase stated this during the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos on Thursday. He said that sound and result-oriented business regulations were critical for private sector development. According to him, in 2018, businesses experienced frequent incidence of regulatory challenges, leading to increased burden on businesses; higher cost of operation; waste of executive time; and reputational consequences. “These manifested in…

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SON set to publish list of manufacturers/importers of adulterated lubricants

By Thompson ABISOLA The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it will blacklist and publish names of erring importers and manufacturers of fake and substandard lubricants in the country. The Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, in a statement issued in Lagos, said that it was a decision reached by the organisation on Wednesday, after the opening of its office in Nassarawa. He said that the action would also send a strong warning to unscrupulous individuals to desist from the nefarious trade in fake and substandard lubricants. According to him, ‘‘the…

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De-emphasise force in security breaches in North East, Niger Delta, Publisher urges FG

By Giwa SHILE President, NewsTime International,  Mr Tony Oyatedor, on Tuesday advised the Federal Government to initiate peace moves to end insurgency in the North East and militancy in the Niger Delta. Oyatedor, who spoke at a news conference in Abuja, said the current military approach of the use of weapons to end crisis only magnified rather than mitigate the problem. According to him, Nigeria needs to make peace with the twin problems, because the country is nourished by food from the North and oil from the Niger Delta. He…

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Africa’s pharmaceutical market fastest growing globally with estimate of $60bn by 2020 –UNIDO

By Meleltus EZE  The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) says Africa’s pharmaceutical market is one of the fastest growing in the world, estimated $60 billion by the end of 2020. The UNIDO’s Regional Director in Nigeria, Mr Jean Bakole, disclosed this at event to mark 2018 African Industrialisation Day and Nigeria Quality Award Day in Abuja on Tuesday. The event was organised by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The theme of this year’s Day is “promoting Regional Value…

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Rice importation to end in Nigeria by 2020, says JKF

By Elizabeth ADENUGA The Policy Adviser of the John Kufuor Foundation (JKF), Hon. Abraham Dwuma, on Tuesday expressed the belief that rice importation into the country would end by 2020. Dwuma said in Ilorin that the Africa Rice Advocacy Platform (ARAP) under the JKF had  created a rice value chain to achieve this. He said the purpose of the platform was for Africa to achieve zero importation of rice. ”Two years from now, Nigeria should have no business importing rice because I have travelled the length and breadth of the…

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NAFDAC to destroy N198bn seized tramadol

By Giwa SHILE National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it was set to destroy Tramadol consignment valued at N198 billion which it impounded recently. Director-General of the agency, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, made this known on Sunday in a speech at an event to commemorate her one year in office in Abuja. She said that the drug would be burnt and disclosed that NAFDAC had in the last one year, destroyed sub-standard and falsified medicines, unsafe drugs and unwholesome food and chemicals worth N3 billion. Adeyeye…

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NAFDAC moves to regulate herbal, traditional medicine practices in Niger

By Meletus EZE The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is collaborating with herbal and traditional medicine practitioners to provide guide to good practices. The NAFDAC Coordinator in Niger State,  Anikoh Ibrahim, made this known while inaugurating a one-day sensitisation workshop organised by the agency for herbal and traditional medicine practitioners. According to him, the agency has made effort recently in collaborations with other stakeholders to achieve the standardisation of herbal medicine products through the organisation of workshops. “Therefore, I urge you to pay attention…

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