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Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu condemns importation of $2m worth of rice daily by Nigerians

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state

The Governor of Abia, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has condemned the importation and consumption of  two million dollars worth  of imported rice on daily basis by Nigerians.
Ikepeazu made the condemnation at the Business Hallmark Public Policy Forum on Thursday in Lagos.
He,
therefore, canvassed for the consumption of local foods, especially
rice and exportation of local goods, and services to guard against
further depletion of national reserves.

The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that theme of the Public Policy
Forum is “The Made in Nigeria Campaign and National Economic Revival.’’
He also urged that Nigerians must be determined to work “the talk’’.
The Governor said, “Why
are Nigerians spending 2 million dollars on imported rice daily when
there are varieties of better and nutritious local rice.
“What the country needs is the facilitation of home made goods and foods as this could take the economy to next destination.’’
According
to him, over dependence on foreign goods and oil money has denied the
country proportionate Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increment.
“The
GDP of Turkey in 2017 is three times where it was in 1980 and that of
China grew 35 times from 341m Liras it was in1980 to 12trn Liras in
2017.
“That of South Korean grew
by 10 times but unfortunately, the GDP of Nigeria of 180 million people
grew from N143 billion to N430 billion,’’
he said
Ikepeazu
said the he had developed corrective measures to enable “Abia made
goods’’ compete with GUCCI products at international markets.
He
said the state had was exporting over one million shoes weekly to
countries like Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea Bussau, Togo and Mali weekly and
earning over N2 billion.
The Minister of Science of Technology, Dr Ogbonaya Onu, said at the occasion that theme of the forum was apt, especially as the country was facing economy serious challenges.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for adopting the diversification of economy as a major policy of his administration.

“Local goods and services as a matter of urgency must become household names.
“President Buhari has directed that 40 per cent of Federal agencies’ procurement must be locally purchased,’’ he said
According
to Onu, the only way to national prosperity is strengthening indigenous
production and promoting local consumption of goods and services.
The
minister condemned the importation of tooth pick, rice, fish, cassava
starch, sugar, processed tomatoes, garments and fabrics into the
country.
He said the citizens’ insatiable
appetite for imported products at the detriment of locally produced
goods remained devastating economic drain that paved way for the
country’s economic recession.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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