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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.

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African envoy in Senegal to defuse tension- OBJ

Ex-Nigerian President Obasanjo hopes to mediate political standoff while police once again fire tear gas at protesters

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has arrived in Senegal to mediate the country’s political standoff, while police once again fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital.

The demonstrators want President Abdoulaye Wade to step down, instead of running for a third term in this weekend’s election.

Obasanjo said on Tuesday that his message was “this country is very beautiful, and nothing should be done to destroy it.”

He is in Senegal as the head of a joint mission between the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

An ECOWAS statement said Obasanjo’s mission was “to engage all the political stakeholders in Senegal with a view to promoting dialogue and ensuring peaceful, fair and transparent elections.”

Wade’s camp said Obasanjo was welcome to observe the election but made it clear there was nothing to mediate.

Music icon and opposition activist Youssou Ndour was injured in the leg after being hit by a projectile at the scene of a banned rally in Dakar, his entourage said.

“Youssou Ndour was injured in the left leg, he has been seen by a doctor, but he doesn’t want to make a big issue out of it and we won’t be giving any more comment,” said Charles Faye, spokesman for Ndour’s Fekke ma ci boole (I am involved) movement.

Earlier, witnesses said police fired tear gas and opposition demonstrators hurled stones in central Dakar.

‘Dictatorship’

A few hundred metres away from Independence Square, policemen were locked in a standoff with a group of protesters headed by former Prime Minister Idrissa Seck, who is contesting the vote, and Ndour, whose candidacy was rejected by the constitutional court.

“Dictatorship is going [on] in Senegal, because all the rights that are protected by the constitution and the laws of this country are being thrown out by this candidate,” Seck said.

“This situation is the situation Mr Wade created in Senegal. He doesn’t have the right to be a candidate in this election,” Ndour said.

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Senegalese music star and political activist Youssou Ndour attended an opposition protest in Dakar [Reuters]

Hundreds of supporters gathered around the two opposition leaders’ vehicles, chanting in the Wolof language, “Get out, old man”, in reference to Wade who, at 85, is Africa’s second oldest head of state.

Waving Senegalese flags and holding up placards, protesters screamed “Must go” and “Wade is dead”], and “You have to surrender”.

“By no means did this standoff with riot police relate to some of the worst aspects of violence in Senegal – particularly Dakar’s suburbs – this past month,” Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons said.

“But it shows the determination of leading opposition

 

figures and protest movements to converge on a symbolic focal point: Independence Square. There is every indication that the situation will escalate.”

Violence

Six people have been killed in election-related violence so far. Opposition supporters have increasingly sought to defy bans on protests by the authorities, leading to cat-and-mouse street battles in the capital and other towns.

The EU election observer mission expressed “its concern over the interior ministry’s ban on demonstrations”, a statement said. It added that Senegalese law allowed for such demonstrations when they involve presidential candidates.

Some minor candidates have called for Sunday’s vote to be delayed but most, including the leading opposition figures, have not, even though they say they will not recognise Wade’s candidacy.

Wade’s rivals say his candidacy is illegal because it breaches rules setting a two-term limit, and accused the octogenarian leader of backtracking on his own statements that he would not stand for re-election.

The president has argued that he is eligible to stand as the limits were added to the constitution after he had started his first term in 2000.

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Obasanjo is a liability to PDP – Okupe

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

FORMER Presidential spokesman under ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Doyin Okupe, yesterday declared Chief Obasanjo a liability to the Peoples Democracy Party, PDP, in Ogun State, saying his former boss cannot lead the party to victory in subsequent elections.

Okupe who was Obasanjo’s Special Adviser on media matters for three years between 1999 and 2002 was displaced by Mrs Remi Oyo.

He spoke after he was appointed PDP’s acting leader, at a stakeholders meeting, in Ijebu-Igbo.

According to him; “Obasanjo erred politically and his leadership style would not help the party in the state.”

Giving further clarification, Okupe said his disagreement with his erstwhile boss was based on principle towards forestalling the death of PDP in the state.

He said: “Obasanjo remained a national leader with numerous achievements, but his political interests and leadership style were inimical to the survival of Ogun PDP.”

“The chairman of Board of Trustee, BoT, is not a small person in any political party. Chief Obasanjo is the chairman of BoT, so you cannot rough-ride over him anyhow even, if his demands are undemocratic or unreasonable.

“We just feel that what is right needs to be done, irrespective of who is doing wrong. That is the only basis of disagreement. Obasanjo is our leader, we have a lot of respect for him, we are proud of his achievements. But politically, he has erred; that’s the truth.

“Politically, he has erred and his style of leadership is not such that will develop the party and we do not want the party to die.

“Some of us were in this party before Obasanjo came, so we are not going to allow it to die. But, if we go the way they are leading, the party will die. We are saying that the minority should not be allowed to override the majority. We are not self-centred; we are only interested in service and giving dividends of democracy to our followership and not ruling by high-handedness and despotism.”

The meeting had in attendance Buruji Kashamu,endorsed Senator Ayodeji Otegbola as the party’s Grand Patron while Chief Zaccheus Oyekunle was appointed Chairman, Elders Forum.