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Egg glut: Poultry farmers seek FG intervention on mop up

The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has urged the Federal Government to intervene in the current egg glut being experienced in the market, forcing farmers to reduce prices.

The National Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr Godwin Egbebe, made the plea in an interview with the newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.

NAN reports that egg glut is the situation where the number of eggs in the market or produced is greater than the demand causing an undesirable accumulation of table eggs in the farms or stores.

He said that some states had come to the rescue of farmers but they had yet to receive any intervention from the Federal Government.

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“States like Lagos, Plateau and Ogun have done tremendously well in coming to the aid of poultry farmers in their states since the lingering egg glut witnessed in the sector.

“Ogun bought 10,000 crates, while Lagos facilitated the mop-up of 300,000 eggs and Plateau also mopped up a considerable amount.

“As an association, we appreciate them but we believe state governments can do more to aid the sector at this critical time.

“For instance, Ogun mopping up 10,000 crates of eggs is a far cry from the state’s production capacity.

“It is just like taking one day of production from a single poultry farm,” he said.

Egbebe, however, noted that in spite of the help these states had given to poultry farmers, it has little impact on the current situation.

“These few mop-ups have not impacted the glut to a large extent because the birds are still laying eggs on daily basis.

“The only way the government can make a considerable impact is to mop up completely the eggs we have on ground so that the remaining ones can be pushed to the market gradually.

“Some state governments have taken the initiative to help us at this stage, but the Federal Government should come in to do more.

“We are yet to get words from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) on the egg glut even though they assured us to have written to the Presidency on the issue.

“The Federal Government should be able to do something for local farmers to help the poultry industry,” Egbebe said.

The expert, however, insisted that there were many places where these mopped-up eggs could be sent to.

“We have a lot of places the government can push the eggs they mop up from the farmers too.

“They can send them to the prisons to augment the diets of prisoners and to government-owned hospitals to aid quick recovery of patients.

“The eggs can also be mopped up and given to Internally Displaced Persons camps,” the expert said. 

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The African Group at the World Trade Organization (WTO) presented a proposal at its General Council (GC) to re-elect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director-general of the organization.

Adebayo Thomas, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, announced this in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the proposal is for members to consider Okonjo-Iweala to run for another term as chief executive officer of the organization.

He said the proposal was also to enable the Chair of the General Council (GC) to commence the process of the appointment of the director-general as soon as possible.

He quoted Amb. Abdulhamid Adamu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, at the GC, as saying that members debated the issue.

“All members highlighted Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts and contributions to the organization, which have led to significant progress and development,” Adamu said. “They all affirmed that she deserves to be reappointed as the director-general. Almost 58 members from all regions supported the proposal.”

He added that members resolved that the General Council Chair should start consultations on the appointment process as soon as possible.

In response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked all members and assured them she would respond soon after consulting with her family.

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has approved the promotion of eight Assistant Corps Marshals to Deputy Corps Marshals (DCMs) of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Acting Corps Public Education Officer, announced this in Abuja on Monday.

Three of the new DCMs will proceed to immediate retirement, while the remaining five will fill vacancies in the South South, South East, South West, North Central, and North West geopolitical zones.

The promoted officers are DCM Clement Oladele (North Central), DCM Chidiebere Nkwonta (South East), DCM Sunday Iyamah (South South), DCM Musa Yerima (North West), and DCM Abiodun Akinlade (South West).

The retiring DCMs are Kingsley Agomoh, Jonas Agwu, and Zubairu Mato. SGF Akume praised the transparency of the promotion process and urged the new appointees to commit to the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment.

FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed congratulated the promoted officers and emphasized the increased responsibilities their new ranks entail.

He encouraged them to stay focused and dedicated, and reassured all personnel of ongoing efforts to improve their welfare.

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Sadiq Atayese, has stated that the newly-approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers is not the solution to the country’s economic challenges.

Atayese made this assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ibadan.

He emphasized that sustainable solutions to the cost of living require positive economic policies from the government. Atayese highlighted the exchange rate as a key factor influencing fuel costs and subsidies.

He stressed that the government must prioritize fighting corruption and implementing policies beyond just increasing the minimum wage. According to Atayese, corruption in high places accounts for over 90 percent of corruption cases in Nigeria.

“Will this new minimum wage actually assuage the daily rising costs of foods and services? Can it bring a stable solution to the nation’s economic challenges? The answer is No,” he said.

Atayese also urged the government to focus on agricultural development and address issues such as security and funding for effective farming. He believes that addressing these critical issues would have more significant benefits than even a minimum wage of N150,000.

“Labour Party will continue to stand for the wellbeing of the people and development of the society,” he said.

The Federal Government and labor unions recently agreed on N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Initially, the government proposed N60,000, which was raised to N62,000, while labor demanded N494,000 before revising it to N250,000. Labor leaders agreed to the N70,000 offer due to additional incentives attached.

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