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World Egg Day: Association to establish grains farm for poultry feeds



The Egg Sellers and Distributors Association of Nigeria (ESDAN) on Saturday said it would establish a mega grain farm to produce poultry feeds following the ban on imported grains into the country.

The National President of ESDAN, Mrs Laide Graham, disclosed this at the commemoration of the 2020 World Egg Day and the second anniversary of the association.

The theme of the event, was: “Eggs – Much More Than Perfect Protein”.

“One of our agenda is to establish our own mega grains farm to reduce the burden of the burgeoning scarcity of feeds on poultry farmers which will in turn enable end users to access eggs more easily.

“Apart from this, there are lots more we have done and more still in the pipeline by the association to eradicate of egg glut in Nigeria.
“Our intention is to contribute our own quota to the development of the agricultural sector in Nigeria,” Graham said.

She said that the association would also start production of safe and efficient crates in order to reduce waste resulting from eggs breaking in flimsy crates.
She urged Nigerians to incorporate daily consumption of eggs into their diets for healthy growth and development in the country.
According to her, an-egg-a-day is ideal for healthy growth as it contains most vitamins needed in the body.

Speaking at the event, former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Adegboyega Kaka, said egg is life as it contained all essential nutrients which prevented various diseases.
Kaka, who was chairman of the occasion, added that it was in the interest of the association to ensure wholesome eggs are sold to consumers.
He commended the association for empowering egg sellers, bridging the gap in egg storage and guiding against glut, among others.

“I urge members to spread the good news and get others involved in the sale of healthy eggs as it is a golden product that can yield reasonable profits as a business.
” I commend the association on its efforts at promoting and enhancing the consumption of eggs among citizens in the country,” Kaka said.

FELLOW PRESS reports that ESDAN, which was inaugurated in 2018, has more than 500 members in Lagos State.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial



Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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Plateau monarch abducted



Barely three weeks after the kidnap of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has confirmed that gunmen have abducted HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, a few metres from the gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos South LGA.

Recalls that following the abduction of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat, on the 26th December, 2021, before he was released five days later, the United Mwaghavul Lawyers Association (UMLA) had described the incident as not an attack on an individual, but on the entire traditional institution in Plateau State.

The lawyers equally had said it views the kidnapping of the royal father as not an isolated incident, “but the beginning of a well-orchestrated plan to intimidate and decapitate our treasured leaders in the state and the Middle Belt at large”.

While condemning the dastardly act, on behalf of UMLA, Barr. Philemon Daffi reminded the federal, state and local governments of their shared responsibility under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Spokesman of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, who confirmed the incident, said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies are on trail of the kidnappers.

“God’s willing, the security agencies will soon close-up on the criminals”, he maintained.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

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