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Home Coming: Minister Of Budget State, Honoured

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Dignitaries from all works of life particularly from Edo North, Monday, converged on Agenebode, Etsako East Local Government Area of the state to honour the Minister of Budget and National Planning, State, Prince Clem Agba in a warm party reception organised by Afenmai Patriotic development Association (APDA).

The rich culture of the community and others such as the Ainikeke masquerade of Weppa Uwanu kingdom were in display to hold guests awe with their acrobatic dance.

Presenting gift of honour to the Minister, the Otaru of Auchi, His Royal Highness, Momoh Ikelebe, described Prince Agba as illustrious and patriotic son of Afenmai whose good works worth emulation.

Minister of Budget and National Planning, State, Prince Clem Agba

While making known that the Prince as a minister now belong to the whole country, he urged him to use his position to influence more development to the area and help Afenmai natives like he did when he was a commissioner in the state.

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We know as a minister, the whole federation is your constituency, we want to however implore you to use your present position to attract more development to our area like you did as a commissioner. We know you as a hardworking and illustrious son of ours, so please attract development to our area and help Afenmia people”, the Monarch added.

From left 3rd, Minister of Budget and National Planning, State, Prince Agba, his wife Mrs. Agba and the interim president of APDA, Kennedy, Otaru of Auchi HRH, Momoh Kélébé (2nd left) and another traditional ruler at the ceremony

Earlier in his speech, interim president (APDA), Patriot (SHC) Kennedy Izuagbe, said they were proud of the minister for flying the flag of Afenmai without blemish both in the state and national.

We remain proud of the monumental strides he achieved as Commissioner for Environment in the glorious years reigning of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as governor of Edo State”, he added.

He therefore urged Prince Agba to use his present position and collaborate with the state government to harness the abundant minerals resources in Afenmai to develop the area, saying Afenmai deserves more than what it receives going by the resources in the area.

He added, “We implore you to collaborate with the Edo State government for optimal and strategic engagement on the huge natural resources deposited in both land and seas on Afenmai land for the immediate benefits of the Afenmai communities/people.

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Afenmai land is the most blessed part of our dear Edo State but yet the least developed.

“So many of the federal, state and community roads are impassable and have made commerce and social life of our people miserable.

Knowing your pedigree, we believe that this your appointment will kindle and trigger all that is required to address these yawning developmental gaps in our affairs as a people.”

On his part, the celebrant, Clem Agba, thanked APDA for deeming it fit to honour and give him such warm reception.

He specially thanked the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for recommending him to President Mohammadu Buhari and for Mr. President for appointing him into his next level cabinet, saying he is the first Afenmai person to be appointed at the Federal level since 1999.

While noting that Afenmai, which comprises of Akoko Edo, Etsako and Owan is peopled by the best brains and leaders that have over the years demonstrated selflessness and commitment to national development, he said the area produced the first female senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The minister who said though he has money to offer individuals, vowed to use his present position to attract more development to the area and also Influence job placement for the Afenmia in his little way.

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

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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

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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

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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: sf.alert@nafdac.gov.ng.

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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