Cross River rice mill ready for Buhari’s commissioning –Ayade
All is now set for the formal commissioning of the Cross River State-owned 10-ton per hour ultra-modern rice mill located in Ogoja Local Government Area by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was disclosed by Governor Ben Ayade during the test run of the factory.
While thanking the contractors for what he described as their diligent commitment to the project, Ayade said: “I have just watched the test operation and it is fully operational. The dream of having the Ogoja rice mill has come to birth today. We have just had a full test run, a pre-commissioning test run from the point of receiving the padding from the pad, through the pre-cleaning to parboiling stage to the pre-sieving where it does the de-stoning, taking out the outer shell to the whitener and from where it goes further down the system to absorb the grading and making sure that the grain size is uniform and finally to the bagging line.”
Ayade said the rice also goes through the vitaminization plant, which process had been tested at the pre-commissioning stage and was fully functional and operational.
“The mill is the first of its kind in Africa and I am particularly proud that we have this outstanding world-class vitaminzed rice mill in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State.”
DHQ denies alleged mass burial of bandits killed in Zamfara
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has denied reports of the gory pictures and videos of persons allegedly killed by soldiers in the ongoing military operations in the North West and North Central geographical zones of the country being dumped into a mass grave.
Director, Defence Information (DDI), Major General Benjamin Sawyer, who made the disclosure, described the video, which has been trending online, as false and malicious, stressing that it has no link, whatsoever, with the operations being conducted by troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN).
Sawyer, while noting that the military is presently conducting intensive operations against bandits, kidnappers and other criminals terrorising the peace of the state, in line with its constitutional roles, however, noted that the operations were being conducted in strict compliance with the rules of armed conflicts, utmost professional manner, strict adherence to rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights and dignity.
The DDI, in a statement issued in Abuja, said: “The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has been notified of a trending picture with the caption “Alhamdulillah. ZamfaraMustSecure” and several other viral gory pictures and videos of dumping into mass graves of persons purported to have been killed in the ongoing military operations in the North West and North Central geographical zones of the country.”
COVID-19: UN applauds Enugu govt on optimal response
The United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has commended the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State “for the optimal COVID-19 response in the country.”
The UN Resident Coordinator encouraged “the Enugu State authorities to continue to own and lead by example in containing the virus and hold institutions and organizations accountable to ensure compliance with the non-pharmaceutical measures.”
Speaking during an interactive session with Governor Ugwuanyi, represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo and members of the state Executive Council (EXCO) at Government House, Enugu, Kallon applauded the governor “for the ongoing investments in infrastructure and human capital development with notable progress in education, healthcare, and economic growth.”
He equally hailed the governor’s regional push for the South East to work in unity to advance the peace and development of the region as well as his ongoing efforts at addressing insecurity.
He urged the governor to continue to strengthen his administration’s investment in security institutions “to create an enabling environment for peace and security and nurture a whole of society approach in managing security in the state.”
NFF to sign sponsorship deal with Premier Lotto
The Nigeria Football Federation continues its marketing drive as it signs a sponsorship deal with betting company Premier Lotto Limited on Monday (today).
In a statement by the Communications Department of the NFF on Sunday, the betting company popularly known as Baba Ijebu will become the Official Bet Sponsor of the National Teams.
Premier Lotto’s sponsorship deal follows similar ones with MTN, Air Peace, Dettol and Revolution Plus.
While the financial details of the deals with Dettol and Revolution Plus were not disclosed, NFF announced that its deal with MTN was worth N500m per year for four years, while the deal with Air Peace is N300m per year for four years.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, said the federation was happy to be involved with Premier Lotto.
He said the betting company “came out with smelling roses” when the NFF made its research about them.