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Edo To Derugulate Waste Management




Edo State government says it is considering deregulation of waste management, to help keep the state clean and check flooding in major cities of the state.

General Manager, Waste Management Board, Mr. Charles Osadebamen Imariagbe, disclosed this to our correspondent on Tuesday, in Benin.

He said the arrangement will contribute to government’s effort to evacuate heaps of refuse in parts of the cities, and to avoid possible blockage of drainages or spread diseases.

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It would be recalled that major cities across the country have experienced major flooding occasioned by wastes that blocked drainages and waterways.

According to him, “Talking about private dumping activities, we are trying to deregulate waste management.

“We must first of all understand that waste management is a privately-driven business. 

“We will also regulate it to ensure that the whole business is done in accordance with with government’s directives.

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“We also try to liberalise dump site management to ensure that private hands are allowed to come in. A lot of effort is going on in that direction as well.

“People who have the capacity will apply to the government, when they have a place they want to use. For now, it’s still am idea, when it is fully conceptualised, there would be a call for expression of interest.

“It would be in different ranges, it could be a setting up of recycling plants. The government will provide them the waste and they do the recycling. The reusable are taken away while the condemned ones are taken back to our dump sites. These are some of the options that we are looking at,” he said.

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Imariagbe further disclosed that his Board has held meetings with other key holders for plastic recycling, with a view to “have some buy-back-schemes, to take back the plastics from the system and rid the environment of plastics.”

He decried unwillingness by the citizens to pay for refuse evacuated and a situation he called “negative wake-and-see”, where by people would bag their refuse and put them on the walkways under the cover of darkness.

” We feel that is totally unacceptable and is not helping us, we frown at it and we feel it is giving us a bad name as if that is how we are. 

Imariagbe charged citizens of the state to see waste management, not all about government alone, but as a collective duty.

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“One thing is for the government to provide the enabling environment, another one is for the people to also cooperate with the government,” he said.



Drama As US-based Model Accidentally Uploads ‘Cozy’ Photo With Davido



A U.S-based model identified as Bonita Maria has caused a stir on social media after inadvertently sharing a ‘cozy’ photo of herself and Nigerian singer, Davido.

The photo which has sent the internet into a frenzy captured the model and Davido in what appeared to be an intimate pose.

The duo could be seen close together in a relaxed, comfortable pose, with Davido’s arm around her.

Despite the photo’s swift retraction, it quickly made rounds across various social media platforms, with netizens speculating on the nature of their relationship.

Although as of press time, representatives of the singer are yet to comment on the trending photo.

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Davido, a prominent figure in the Afrobeats music scene, has been under the public eye for both his musical achievements and personal endeavors.

With numerous awards and accolades to his name, including multiple MTV Africa Music Awards and BET Awards, Davido has established himself as a global ambassador for Afrobeats music.

The singer’s distinctive style, characterized by infectious rhythms and catchy melodies, has earned him a dedicated fan base worldwide.


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Nigeria May Adopt Chinese Water Transport System



Nigerian maritime stakeholders and authorities have concluded plans to understudy the Chinese waterways transport model with a view to perfecting Nigeria’s waterways transportation system.

In a statement, the Head of Maritime Roundtable Breakfast Meeting, MBRBM, Mrs Tosan Edodo-Emore, said that China being the largest country with the largest inland waterways is apt to teach Nigeria on how best to manage and improve water transport system.

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She said that the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Madam Yan Yuqing, is expected to share the Chinese experience with the Sino-Nigeria Maritime Relationship and lessons to be learnt from China at the summit scheduled for April 18, 2024.

According to the Edodo-Emore, the Summit themed, “Security and New Technologies in Inland Waterways Transportation”, will have some heads of maritime institutions

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NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians On Banned Soap



The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has drawn Nigerians’ attention to the ban on Dex Luxury Bar Soap (No 6 Mystic Flower), by 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 on Sunday.

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.

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“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.

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Adeyeye called on marketers and consumers to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the product, saying that product’s authenticity and physical condition must be carefully checked.

She called on members of the public in possession of the product to discontinue sale or use, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

The NAFDAC boss advised healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of adverse reaction or substandard and falsified regulated products to the nearest NAFDAC office on 0800-162-3322 or via email:

She also encouraged healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of the product, to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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