President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, received the leadership of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA.
Our State House correspondent reports that the delegation, which were drawn from Nigeria and other West African countries, were received at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking on the closure of the Nigerian border, President Buhari said the aim was to put an end to smuggling and dumping of substandard items from other countries into Nigeria.
He lamented the impact of fake drugs and foods on the Nigerian citizens, including how fake electrical items have led to fires in homes and loss of lives and property.
The president said since the border was shut, Nigeria has witnessed a significant drop in the volumes of counterfeit smuggled goods in Nigerian markets.
Buhari, who was conferred with “Grand Patron” of the association by the delegates, equally used the opportunity to thank the NACCIMA for the honour.
Read the full statement posted on his verified Twitter handle, @MBuhari, as obtained by sources
Today I met with a delegation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry from Nigeria and West Africa. I assured them of our administration’s readiness to work with them to bring an end to smuggling and the dumping of substandard items in West Africa and on the continent.
It is regrettable there there are traders who simply do not play by the rules; who choose profits over patriotism, and
whose selfish practices in perpetrating smuggling and counterfeiting help keep foreign factories working while closing ours.
We have all heard stories about the dangerous and sometimes, fatal impact of fake drugs and foods on our citizens. We have also seen how fake electrical items have led to fires in homes and markets thereby destroying lives and property.
Most of these substandard and illegal items are smuggled through our land borders. After many years of diplomacy and aggressive regulatory oversight which yielded few results, we decided to close our land borders for a limited time to assess the impact of this measure.
Within a few short weeks since the partial border closures began, we are already seeing a decline in the volumes of counterfeit smuggled goods in some of our major markets across the country.
This validates our action as a Government when we insist that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement must not only promote free trade, but legal trade of quality made-in-Africa goods and services.
We will soon finalise the National Action Committee on the implementation of the AfCFTA. We expect the organized private sector to continue to support us in achieving a Free Trade Area that employs Africans to produce high-quality made-in-Africa products.
Let me also thank NACCIMA for the honour done to me with the investiture today as their Grand Patron. I will not let them down. Trade is central to our economy; we are a nation of traders,and have been for centuries. I will ensure that we continue to give the sector full support.
Late Night Fire Destroys Many Shops In Lagos Gas Explosion
Tragedy struck in the late hours of Sunday, September 29, when 13 shops were razed by fire at Adeshola Street, Agodo Bus Stop, Cele Egbe, in Idimu-Egbe Local Council Development Area, LCDA of Lagos State.
Though, no major casualties were recorded, two adult males suffered minor injuries and have since been taken to an undisclosed hospital for further medical attention. According to report by the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, which raced to the scene of incident, the affected shops gutted by fire was due to a gas cylinder that exploded in one of the shops.
The fire, which was reported to have emanated from a shop that had several cylinders filled with gas, at about 10.15 pm, escalated to very high degree quickly, which saw it spreading to adjoining structures.
It was revealed that the fire, having capacity to refuel itself due to existence of other cylinders filled with gas, led to the extensive damage incurred at the shopping complex that saw 13 shops gutted despite the quick response of LASEMA squad and men of the Lagos State Fire Service.
However, the fire was finally put out by the prompt intervention of the combined efforts of the Lagos emergency unit, LASEMA, and the state fire service which prevented the fire from escalating.
German Court Rules That ‘Hangover’ Is An ‘illness’
A German court has ruled that ‘hangovers’ is an ‘illness’. The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt made the decision in a case against an unnamed company that sold “anti-hangover” products.
The firm was taken to court in Frankfurt after being accused of making illegal health claims about its anti-hangover shots and drinks powders. In its ruling, the court said illnesses included even small or temporary changes to the body’s normal state. Food products, including drinks, cannot be marketed as being able to prevent or treat illnesses, it added.
“Information about a food product cannot ascribe any properties for preventing, treating or healing a human illness or give the impression of such a property. By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body” the superior regional court’s ruling said.
The ruling comes just days after the annual Oktoberfest beer festival kicked off in Munich.
It Is Time For Me To Rest And Allow Makinde To Work – Ajimobi Says
The immediate past Governor of Oyo, Senator, Abiola Ajimobi on Sunday declared that he will henceforth keep silence on issues around the state and allow the incumbent Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde to do his job.
Ajimobi who maintained that Makinde was elected for a period of four years insisted that it is too early for him to access the incumbent Governor, who succeeded him in May this year.
DAILY POST gathered that Mr. Ajimobi, who represented Oyo South Senatorial district between 2003 and 2007 was the Governor of the state between 2011 and 2019.
But, the former Governor while speaking, on Sunday insisted that he has done his best for the state, stating that it is now time for Makinde to proved his worth.
Ajimobi who addressed journalists shortly after he was honoured with a meritorious award organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan as part of the 70th birthday celebration of Reverend Leke Gabriel Abegunrin, the Bishop of Catholic Archdioceses of Ibadan held at Mary’s Cathedral, Oke Padre, on Sunday, urged citizens and leaders to continue to sacrifice for the development of the country.
The former Governor said, “I fell really elated, I fell happy, very honoured especially when you are being honoured by the people that we serve and the people that served God. When you are recognized by clerics, men of God it is the best honour you can get.
“Yes, I have done eight years of talking, now it is time for me to keep silence and allow the other man to do his job.
Ajimobi while speaking further remarked that media makes news when prominent people speak and when they decided to keep silence.
He said, “
This is the problem with you people. When I talk, you will say that I am talking, now that I am not talking, you will say I am not talking. You are complaining that I am not talking now. So, what do you want me to do?
“It is too early for me, I have been there for 8 years. It is too early to access him. Give the man the chance to do his job. I know that he has at least four years. He has just spent three months. It is too early.
” I think it is good for us to work for the development of this country.
“We must all sacrifice for us to move this country forward to grow.
It is easier for people to talk, sometimes I read in the news particularly, on social media.
“The problem of the social media today is that beer parlor talk is now being elevated in the media.”