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Support Individuals Facing Economic Hardship, CAN Urges FG

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The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to take immediate steps to cushion the effect of economic hardship in the country.

The association’s President, Daniel Okoh, made the call in a message to Christians to mark this year’s Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten season.

The Lenten season is a Christian religious observance to commemorate the 40-day fast.

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Okoh, in his message, noted the plight of citizens while stating that leaders must prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable in society.

He also urged Christians to extend helping hands to those in need while also supporting the leaders in alleviating the sufferings of fellow citizens.

The message read in part, “As we embark on this Lenten journey, our hearts are drawn to the plight of many who struggle to make ends meet, facing financial uncertainty and limited access to basic needs.

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“We long for a Nigeria where every individual is afforded the opportunity to thrive and where our leaders prioritise the well-being of the most vulnerable in our society.

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“I urge our leaders at all levels of governance to recognise the urgency of the economic challenges facing our nation and to take concrete action to provide support for individuals facing economic hardship.

“Let us come together in solidarity and commitment to create a more inclusive and compassionate society where the burdens of the marginalised are alleviated, and their voices are heard.”

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Okoh urged Christians to think of ways that they can contribute to the well-being of others.

“It is a period for us to extend a helping hand to those in need and advocate for continuing support from our leaders in alleviating the burdens of our fellow citizens,” he added.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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