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FMARD, Kwara Govt. Train Animal Health Workers on Disease Reporting



The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), in collaboration with the Kwara State Government, has trained public and private animal health workers on disease reporting, and the use of National Animal Disease Information System (NADIS) software application.

The training workshop, which had in attendance Animal Health Experts, Veterinary Officers, Animal Health Workers, and Stakeholders in Animal Health Sector, was held at Fresh Hotel, Fate Road, Ilorin.

In his opening remarks, the Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria (CVON), Dr. Columba Teru Vakuru said that one of the core responsibilities of veterinary officers irrespective of their place of practice, is to ensure accurate and prompt reporting of diseases in their domain.

Dr. Vakuru, who was represented by Dr. Abubakar Musa explained that the workshop, which was sponsored by the Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services (FDVPCS), through the REDISSE II Project, is to enhance the capacity of the veterinarians on disease reporting through the use of NADIS software application.

“Before now, disease is being reported manually using the various NADIS forms, as part of the efforts to advance animal disease in Nigeria, the FDVPCS with support from World Bank’s REDISSE II project is deploying the NADIS App for timely collection of animal disease data across the federation. Thus, necessitating the need to organize these training sessions so as to have a smooth transition to electronic data collection.

“During this training, we will be reminded of our statutory responsibilities as veterinarians with regards to disease reporting as stipulated in the animal disease control act and the lead facilitator will take us through the NADIS software, its installation, usage and its salient fatures so that, at the end of the training, we will be able to utilize this software efficiently without hitches.

“It is worthy to note that increased involvement in timely reporting of prioritized zoonotic diseases to designated authorities, immediate notification of epidemic prone animal diseases and diseases targeted for elimination and eradication, as well as monthly notification of other diseases of public health importance, is very crucial for planning and decision making by the National Veterinary Service. Let us use today’s session to renew our commitment to timely disease reporting as doing so will significantly aid the government’s efforts to prevent and control animal disease across the nation”, Vakuru explained further.


The State Director of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Salman AbdulLateef Olugbon, while declaring the workshop open, expressed his pleasure for organizing the training, considering the recent outbreak of anthrax disease in some neignbouring West African Countries.

Dr. Olugbon commended the Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his timely support in executing some of the programmes of the Ministry especially, the ongoing state-wide sensitization campaign on anthrax disease in the State.

In her presentation, the Head of Epidemiology Unit, State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. (Mrs.) Idiat Aminu described disease reporting as an integral part of preventing and controlling methods, with a view to avoiding disastrous consequence of its spread on both socio-economic and public health, promoting food security and ensuring a sustainable livestock industry in the Country.

Dr. Aminu said that it is imperative for all stakeholders in animal health to play their roles in identifying and reporting disease cases for prompt action by relevant government agencies.

Yusuf Ganiyu Adebisi

Press Secretary

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development


BREAKING: Jubilation across Nigeria as BUA Reduces Price Of Cement To N3,500



One of the major companies in Nigeria, BUA Group , has announced a reduction of ex-factory cement price to N3,500 per bag.

The company, which made this known in a statement on Sunday, said the reduction will take effect from 2 October, 2023.

The statement titled : ‘BUA Cement reduces ex-factory cement prices to N3,500/bag effective October 2, 2023’, reads in full :

“We refer to our previous pronouncements regarding our intent to reduce cement prices upon the completion of our new lines at the end of the year, in order to spur development in the building materials and infrastructure sectors.

As per the commitment made to reduce prices and following a periodic review of our operations for efficiency, the management of BUA Cement Plc wishes to announce and inform our esteemed customers, stakeholders, and the public that effective October 2, 2023, we have decided to bring the price reduction forward. As a result, BUA Cement would now be sold at an ex-factory* price of 3,500 Naira per bag so that Nigerians can begin to enjoy the benefits of the price reduction before the completion of our plants.

Upon completion of the ongoing construction of our new plants, which would increase our production volumes to 17million metric tonnes per annum, BUA Cement PLC intends to review these prices further in line with our earlier pronouncements by the first quarter of 2024.

NOTE: all pending, undelivered orders which had been paid for at the old prices will be reviewed downwards to N3500/bag in line with the new pricing from October 2, 2023. Our licensed dealers are also enjoined to ensure that end-users benefit from this reduction in ex-factory prices as we will monitor field sales to ensure compliance

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Activate state police, politicians will become terrorists target – Primate Ayodele to Tinubu



The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has advised President Tinubu to activate state police to combat insecurity in the country.

Primate Ayodele revealed that the rate of insecurity will be alarming, adding that the existing security operatives will not be able to handle it, hence the need for state police.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Oluwatosin Osho, Ayodele mentioned that more hands are needed, and state police will be very effective in this area.

He stated that terrorists will soon start targeting politicians for attacks, and it will get to a point where they will start walking and moving with fear.

According to Ayodele, the government should activate CCTV in sensitive areas to effectively combat insecurity.

He said, “The government should introduce state police and activate it as soon as possible to combat insecurity in the country.

“The rate of insecurity will be alarming, and the military, police, DSS, and NSCDC will not be able to handle it.

‘’The government should activate CCTV cameras to fight insecurity. We need more hands to fight it; it will get to a point where politicians will be moving with panic and fear.

“They will become targets of terrorists; there will be kidnappings among them.”

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Who is the new CBN Governor? Unveiling Yemi Cardoso: The Citibank Prodigy And Financial Genius Behind Lagos’ Tax Revolution!



In the buzzing financial district of Lagos, Yemi Cardoso’s name is whispered with a mix of respect, admiration, and perhaps a dash of envy. Today, as the entire country turns its eyes towards the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the question on everyone’s lips is, “Who is the new CBN Governor?” We delve into the life and legacy of Yemi Cardoso, the man now at the helm of Nigeria’s financial future.

Born to a modest family, Yemi’s early life gave little indication of the powerhouse he would become. However, a relentless pursuit of education and an intrinsic passion for finance would set him on a meteoric rise. Starting his illustrious banking career with Citibank, Cardoso swiftly climbed the corporate ladder. His innate understanding of banking intricacies and a knack for strategic planning saw him rise to the esteemed position of Vice President. But the ambitious Cardoso didn’t stop there. He took a bold leap, co-founding Citizens International Bank, and for eight defining years, played a pivotal role as an Executive Director.

Yet, banking wasn’t the only domain where Cardoso left an indelible mark. He answered the call of public service, becoming the first Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget for Lagos State. It was under his visionary leadership that Lagos underwent a pivotal financial reform, developing its own robust independent tax revenues. This wasn’t just a bureaucratic change – it was a revolution that altered the fiscal landscape of Lagos forever.

But who is Yemi Cardoso, the man behind the accolades and achievements? Beyond the corporate meetings and policy discussions, Cardoso has been a vital consultant and policy expert, aligning with major global development giants like the World Bank, UN Habitat, and even the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. His expertise has shaped policies and development strategies, making him a revered name on global platforms.

Yet, for all his achievements, Cardoso remains grounded. A recipient of several awards, including a coveted honorary Doctorate Degree from Aston University, his alma mater, and the Global Distinguished Alumni award from Citi, he remains deeply connected to his roots. His Masters in Public Administration from the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a celebrated Mason Fellow, is a testament to his commitment to public service and excellence.

As Nigeria stands on the cusp of a new financial era, the appointment of Yemi Cardoso as the CBN Governor isn’t just a political move; it’s a statement. A statement that Nigeria is ready to merge global financial strategies with homegrown expertise. With Cardoso steering the ship, the future of Nigeria’s financial landscape certainly seems promising

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