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Hopes of exports from Nigeria Dwindling daily!

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Nigeria faces loss of revenue running into billions of naira from now till 2016 as a result of the European Union’s ban on the country’s food exports including beans, sesame seeds, melon seeds, dried fish and meat, peanut chips and palm oil.

According to the European Food Safety Authority, the rejected beans was found to contain between 0.03mg per kilogramme to 4.6mg/kg of dichlorvos pesticide, more than the acceptable maximum residue limit of 0.01mg/kg.

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Meanwhile, the President, Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations, Dr. Victor Iyama, has said the body is looking into the banned items to find out the cause and see how the ban can be reversed.

According to him, the country will suffer a huge loss in revenue between now and 2016 while the ban lasts.

 In 2014, 42 processed and semi-processed food items exported to the United Kingdom from Nigeria were rejected.

The European Union Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, alleged discovery of excessive amount of chemical contaminants like aluminium phosphide and dichlorvos in the food items which included beans, melon seeds, sweet potato, cashew kernels, nutmeg, snails, soft drinks and sesame seeds.

Explaining the excess in residue limit of insecticide in the food exports, Iyama said the fault was from poor storage of pesticide, maintaining that farmers should not be held liable in most cases.

He said, “When one is fumigating produce for shipping, one is not supposed to leave the preservatives inside the containers because some bags of produce may come in contact with them.

“But some people must have left the preservatives inside the containers after fumigation.”

But the Nigerian Export Promotion Council has blamed fraudulent shipping for the situation.

Speaking with our correspondent, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NEPC, Mr. Segun Awolowo, maintained that produce correctly shipped was not banned.

Also in a statement made available to our correspondent, the agency noted that businessmen who invested in the sector without proper guidance accounted for the rising incidence of banned exports from Nigeria.

It added that the individuals involved corrupted the sector and compounded the country’s product integrity problem.

NEPC noted further that the ban on the food exports was a setback for Nigeria as a nation that desperately needed to expand its export basket to boost domestic agricultural activities and create jobs.

Accordingly, the organisation announced that it was embarking on a training series aimed at building a crop of knowledgeable exporters.

This according to the NEPC is a measure targeted at enhancing the integrity of Nigerian products by ensuring that intending exporters are guided to approach the business in a professional manner, thereby reducing the incidence of unexecuted orders or rejects.peanuts

According to the CEO, the approach to mentor Nigerians on how to become successful exporters is premised on the need to create inclusive growth in the sector by engaging more hands in producing made-in-Nigeria goods for export.

The statement read in part, “The mentorship programme will address issues of Product Quality, Export Procedures and Documentation, Financing, Payment Terms and Logistics in export trade.


Burial Of Ooni Stalled As Man To Be ‘Buried Alive With King’ Runs Away

Ooni of Ife Oba Okunade Sijuwade’s burial has been put on hold after a man elected to be buried alive with the monarch absconded unwilling to be the one to keep the king company in the afterlife.

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Unconfirmed reports from Ile-Ife indicate that the designated person to be buried alive alongside the monarch, known traditionally as the Abobaku, took to his heels for dear life. Continue reading Burial Of Ooni Stalled As Man To Be ‘Buried Alive With King’ Runs Away

Who said I will probe Obasanjo

President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said contrary to media reports, he had no intention of probing the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Jonathan made the clarification in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

He said he was constrained to state again that there was no truth in reports on Saturday, that he intends to probe the Obasanjo administration because of the former President’s constant criticisms of the Federal Government.

He said rather than probing Obasanjo, he remained fully focused on the tasks of ensuring peace, security and stability across the country in order to create the right conditions for rapid socio-economic development.

The President said he would not be distracted from this objective by attempts to drive a wedge between him, respected elders and leaders of his party.

The statement read in part, “The President has nothing but the greatest respect for Obasanjo’s very notable contributions to national growth and development over many years and far from taking offence or seeking retaliation, will always welcome objective criticisms and advice from the very highly-regarded elder statesman.

“What is more, President Jonathan regards his administration as a continuation of the unbroken chain of PDP-led governments started by Obasanjo in 1999 which have worked tirelessly to entrench democratic governance and achieve rapid socio-economic growth in the country.

“Rather than order a pointless probe of his predecessors, he will continue to do his utmost best to build on the solid foundations for national progress laid under previous PDP administrations.

“Speculations and suggestions of an impending probe of the Obasanjo administration by President Jonathan are therefore nonsensical and should be dismissed by all right-thinking Nigerians as the product of the fertile imagination of mischievous political jobbers.”


Uganda: 2 Cabinet Ministers Resign Over Accusation of Illegal Payment

Two cabinet ministers resigned on Thursday over corruption accusations, bringing to six the number of ministers who have quit under a cloud after a string of graft scandals hit the administration of President Yoweri Museveni. The two ministers were forced to step down after a report by a parliamentary committee accused them of sanctioning an illegal $62 million payment to a businessman.

The report called for the dismissal of the ministers, Syda Bbumba, the current labor minister, who was finance minister at the time; and Khidu Makubuya, the minister for general duties, who was then attorney general, as well as the firing of Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, the central bank governor.