Lagos rice mill projects 2.4 million bags annually (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has said the integrated rice mill in Imota, in the Ikorodu Local Government Area, will on completion produce 2.4 million bags of polished rice annually.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, disclosed this on Wednesday at an Ofada Day Rice Symposium to commemorate the 2021 World Food Day in Lagos.
Olusanya who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Hakeem Adeniji, said the state was making efforts to produce Ofada rice to international standard.
She said, “The Lagos State government’s 32 metric tonnes per hour capacity integrated rice mill at Imota, in Ikorodu Local Government Area – the biggest in Nigeria and in West Africa – is nearing completion and at full capacity will produce 2,400,000 bags of 50 kilogramme polished parboiled rice from about 200,000 metric tonnes of paddy rice annually. It is expected that no fewer than 250,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created along the rice value chain.” Read more
Lagos unveils plans to achieve Universal Health Coverage (Guardian)
Towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) before 2030, the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), on the occasion of its one-year anniversary, plans to enrol no fewer than three million Lagosians before the end of the year.
LASHMA General Manager, Dr. Emmanuella Zamba, during a media parley in Lagos, said as at September 2021, a total of 526,846 Lagos residents have been captured in the state-sponsored health insurance scheme. “A total of 222 hospitals – both private and public – have been approved across the 20 local government areas to provide quality and affordable services to enrollees,” Zamba said.
To deliver on its mandate, LASHMA launched ‘Ilera Eko’ campaign to achieve universal health coverage for Lagosians by the end of 2021.
The LASHMA boss outlined the packages available for the scheme, noting that an individual is required to pay N8,500 yearly, while a family of six, comprising father, mother and four children of less than 18, is to pay N40,000 yearly. Read more
I wish i was married – BBNaija’s Ese Eriata (DailyTrust)
Popular Instagram comedian and ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Ese Eriata, says she feels she was married.
Ese took to Snapchat to write on how dressing responsibly matters.
Narrating a personal experience, she said dressing properly fetched her much respect from people.
She wrote, “For the first time in my entire life, I wish I was Mrs Ese! Today I dressed like a proper married woman; and you know with the kind of body I have, bubu outfit makes me look like a rich man’s wife. The respect is totally different.
“It’s different from the rich bad b*tch expensive look; if I ever said marriage is not an achievement “which I doubt” please I take it back!! Indeed, how you dress matters a lot and I’m so happy for every time I cover up fully, it comes with so much real. You don’t wanna know the respect I command when I’m fully dressed even at a check point at midnight. Omo!! Read more
Crime victims to get compensation –Lagos AG (Sun)
The Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law (ACJL) 2021 has empowered trial judges to award compensation to victims of crimes who suffer injuries as a result of an action of a guilty defendant.
The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), made the disclosure while addressing journalists on some unique features of the ACJL, signed into law recently by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Attorney General said Section 372 of the law now gave power to judges to award commensurate compensation in criminal cases where victims have suffered losses or injuries, unlike in the past where this only applied to people who suffered financial losses.
Onigbanjo said: “So, it no longer applies to people who suffered financial damages but, also, to people who suffer injuries by the action relating to that crime. In doing so, the court, in considering the award of compensation to the victim may call for additional evidence to enable it to determine the quantum of compensation to award.” Read more
Government tasked on bridging digital gender inequality (Guardian)
Disturbed by the parlous number of females taking up science and technology-related professions in the country, Health Aid For All Initiative (HAFAI) has called on government and relevant stakeholders to bridge the digital gender gap in the country.
The Executive Director, Dr. Ugochi Ohajuruka, who made the appeal at an event to mark the 2021 International Day of Girl Child yesterday in Abuja, lamented that the gender had been left behind in technology, sciences and mathematics.
She noted that, “technology is very important and it is crucial that the girl child gains skills to achieve her goal. We are saying leave no girl behind as all girls must be involved in technology and innovations.” Read more
20 years after, NCAT repossesses encroached land (Tribune)
After over two decades of struggles to retrieve part of its landed property encroached into by its local neighbours, the management of Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria has finally reclaimed the encroached land.
The management of the aviation college, however, appreciated specifically the entire management of the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA) and the Kaduna State Government, “for their efforts and assistance in helping us to reclaim our encroached land that has been trespassed into for over two decades. After the exercise, 160 houses were affected.
“We also wish to express our gratitude to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufa’i, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police and all the security agencies that contributed in one way or the other in ensuring the recovery of our encroached land.”
According to the college’s management, the development will help in providing a better atmosphere for aviation training in line with its determination to be the best in the area of giving adequate aviation training. Read more
COVID-19: From Dec 1 civil servants to present proof of vaccination, negative PCR tests (Sun)
The Federal Government, yesterday, said as from December 1 civil servants must present proof of vaccination or negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in condition to access their offices.
Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stated this at the media briefing in Abuja.
He also announced the removal of South Africa, Turkey and Brazil from travel restriction list, a month after India was also removed from the list due to the improved situation in the country.
The PSC had placed a restriction on Turkey, Brazil and South Africa due to the upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Read more
Nigeria will witness boom in lottery sector – Gbajabiamila (Leadership)
Director-general of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila, has declared that Nigeria would soon witness a boom in lottery business as the transformation process of the industry commenced in 2017 had started yielding results.
Gbajabiamila told journalists in his Jabi, Abuja office on Tuesday that the boom would lead to significant rise in the nation’s internally generated revenue and enhance gains for all the stakeholders in the industry and its value chains.
The director-general said NLRC had been executing resourceful policies, measures and programmes in the last four years, all aimed at improving lottery business in all aspects with emphasis on the welfare of its workers, betterment of the stakeholders and higher revenues.
Gbajabiamila hinted that the policies and measures were being nurtured to fruition, following which Nigeria would witness a big boom in the gaming industry. Read more
Igboho critically ill, may have deteriorating internal organs –Lawyers (Sun)
Yoruba nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, is critically ill and he has been rushed to hospital in Cotonou, Benin Republic, his lawyers said yesterday.
Igboho was arrested in Benin Republic about two months ago, when he attempted to travel to Germany, having escaped from Nigeria following a bloody raid on his house at Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State, by the Department of State Services (DSS) in the early hours of Thursday July 1, 2021. He was remanded in prison custody in Cotonou pending the final determination of his case on how he entered the neighbouring country.
His two counsel in Nigeria and Benin Republic, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN) and Prof Ibrahim Salami, confirmed the deterioration of his health and the need for urgent medical treatment abroad.
Alliyu said reports available to him was that one of his Igboho’s organs might have been affected as a result of injury he sustained when he reportedly fell while attempting to escape from DSS officials who invaded his Ibadan residence. He said Igboho has applied to the Republic of Benin authorities to allow him seek better medical attention in either France or Germany. Read more
Leprosy confirmed in wild chimpanzees (Metro)
Leprosy has been found in wild chimpanzees for the first time, according to a new study.
Cases have been confirmed among two unconnected West African populations of chimpanzees, in Guinea-Bissau and the Ivory Coast.
Researchers found the strains of leprosy are different and are uncommon in humans.
While the origins of the infections are unclear, scientists suggest the disease is probably circulating in more wild animals than was previously suspected. Read more
Camilo & Evaluna Montaner expecting their first baby together (Billboard)
Congratulations are in order for Camilo and Evaluna Montaner, who revealed Wednesday (Oct. 13) they are expecting their first baby together.
The couple made the sweet announcement via the just-released music video for “Índigo,” their new single together. In the video, they learn that Montaner is pregnant and share the news with their family and friends.
Marking the couple’s third collaborative effort following “Por Primera Vez” and “Machu Picchu,” the song is about having good luck in their dream-come-true relationship. “What good luck of mine. I won without playing the lottery. With you, Christmas came early because the love of my life has arrived,” they sing. Read more
5 dead in Norway bow and arrow attack (BBC)
Five people have been killed and two more injured in Norway after a man used a bow and arrow to attack them.
Police first received word of an attack in the town of Kongsberg, south-west of the capital Oslo, at around 18:13 local time (16:13 GMT).
A Danish man aged 37 has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack.
Police believe he acted alone, and will investigate whether it was an act of terrorism, a spokesman said. Read more
Box Office: “Halloween Kills” hunting down $40m debut as “The Last Duel” eyes scary start (Variety)
“Halloween Kills,” the horror sequel starring Jamie Lee Curtis, should slash its way to the top of box office charts when it opens in 3,700 North American theaters on Friday.
From Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, the latest “Halloween” installment is projected to generate $35 million to $40 million in its first three days of release. That would be significantly less than its predecessor, 2018’s “Halloween,” made in its unexpectedly huge $77 million debut. The follow-up film, however, isn’t expected to replicate those results in part because “Halloween Kills” will premiere on Peacock, the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service, on the same day as its theatrical release, which could curb ticket sales.
For some pandemic-era releases, a hybrid rollout on the big screen and on digital platforms has hindered the chance to turn a profit, at least in its theatrical run. In the case of “Halloween Kills,” that may not be as much of a concern. Since the slasher film cost just above $20 million to produce, a start around $40 million would put it on a prime path to profitability. Read more
Adele announces “30” album release date as she makes anticipated comeback (Metro)
Adele has blessed us all with the news that her fourth studio album, 30, will be released in November.
The Hello singer is preparing to make her anticipated comeback this Friday with her new single Easy On Me.
She’s now confirmed that her next album will arrive on November 19.
The 33-year-old shared the stunning album artwork – a side profile of herself – and explained in the caption: ‘I was certainly nowhere near where I’d hoped to be when I first started it nearly three years ago… And yet there I was knowingly – willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil! Read more
Masten Wanjala: Child killer escapes from Kenya police custody (BBC)
A man who confessed to killing more than 10 children in Kenya has escaped from police cells in Nairobi.
Masten Wanjala was due to appear in court on Wednesday over the murders of at least 14 boys in the capital, and areas of eastern and western Kenya.
Police say they noticed he had disappeared during the morning roll call.
He was being detained during police investigations into the series of child killings that shocked the nation. Read more
Lady Gaga rocks boa made of $100 bills on private flight to Las Vegas
That’s money, honey.
Lady Gaga picked a particularly luxe look for her private flight to Las Vegas on Tuesday, sharing an Instagram snap of herself wearing a wild wrap made out of $100 bills.
The 35-year-old “House of Gucci” star styled her outré accessory with a polka-dotted Magda Butrym dress ($1,300), Valentino cat-eye sunglasses ($449) and a hot pink Hermès Kelly bag ($22,550).
But it was the boa of Benjamins that quickly proved to be the outfit’s talking point.
“Gaga can you give me that scarf I’m … cold,” one fan joked in the comments, while another wrote, “I need some scarfs [sic] like that in my poor life.”
“Which bill is from my Chromatica tour ticket?” a third asked. Read more
Wales international David Brooks diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma (Metro)
Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma.
The 24-year-old joined the Cherries from Sheffield United in 2018 and was part of the Wales squad at Euro 2020.
Brooks has made nine appearances for Bournemouth in all competitions this season and withdrew from Wales’ October World Cup qualifiers through illness.
David Brooks has made nine appearances for Bournemouth this season.
The player has now announced that he has cancer of the lymphatic system and will be starting treatment soon.
‘This is a very difficult message for me to write,’ Brooks said in a statement. ‘I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week. Read more
Rohr can’t take Eagles to the Promised Land – Aghahowa (Punch)
Former Super Eagles striker Julius Aghahowa has stated unequivocally that coach Gernot Rohr can’t lead the team to the Promised Land, PUNCH Sports Extra.
Rohr again came under heavy scrutiny following his side’s 1-0 loss to the Central Africa Republic in a World Cup qualifier at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos last Thursday.
The defeat was the Eagles’ first at home in World Cup qualifying in 40 years.
The Eagles, however, redeemed their image by defeating Les Fauves 2-0 in the reverse fixture in Douala last Sunday.
“We are all in happy mood about the result in Douala,” the former Shakhtar Donetsk striker told PUNCH Sports Extra.
“The game in Lagos made everyone sad and now that they have redeemed themselves it’s a welcome development and it shows that the team went in there with a purpose. Moving forward, the mistakes made in Lagos must not happen again. Read more
Super Eagles target back on the training pitch for the first time since May (Soccernet)
Super Eagles target Eberechi Eze is finally back on the pitch six months after suffering a serious injury in training.
Eze picked up an Achilles tendon injury in Crystal Palace training last May and was initially ruled out till February 2022.
However, the former QPR star has now returned to training earlier than expected in what should be good news for Crystal Palace.
Although he is not close to full fitness, his return to the grass shows his recovery is ahead of schedule. Eze posted a picture of himself smiling with the ball on the training pitch with the caption: Dropping in the AO. Read more
Juventus Femminile v Chelsea Women: Pernille Harder scores winner for Blues (BBC)
Chelsea secured their first win in this season’s Women’s Champions League with an impressive display at Juventus.
Erin Cuthbert’s fine solo goal with just over half an hour gone had put the visitors ahead at the Allianz Stadium.
Juventus responded almost immediately when Barbara Bonansea volleyed home from a cross.
However, Pernille Harder gave Chelsea victory when she reacted quickly in a crowded area to turn in the winning goal. Read more
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The making of ‘The Greek Freak’ (BBC)
He’s a two-time MVP winner, five-time All-Star and now an NBA champion – Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a remarkable rise to the top of the NBA.
Born in Athens to Nigerian immigrants, Giannis and his family weren’t even recognised as Greek citizens until 2013, previously being classed as stateless.
Fast forward to 2021 and Giannis has signed the most lucrative contract in NBA history – a five-year deal worth $228.2m (£170.1m).
A champion, activist and one of the most dominant players of his generation, ‘The Greek Freak’ is just as big a star on the court as he is off it.
‘My mum used to sell stuff in the street and now I’m here. If I never sit at the top of the table again – I’m ok with that.’ Read more
Deontay Wilder’s trainer insists Tyson Fury is not the greatest British heavyweight of all time (Metro)
Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott is not convinced Tyson Fury is the greatest British heavyweight of all-time.
Wilder and Fury shared a fight of the year contender on Saturday with ‘The Gypsy King’ defending his WBC heavyweight title in a thrilling trilogy fight between the two rivals.
Scott led Wilder’s training camp having replaced Mark Breland as head trainer, with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ providing a much-improved account of himself, earning widespread praise for a brave performance despite the defeat.
Fury’s win has cemented his status as perhaps the best active fighter in his division, declaring himself the ‘greatest heavyweight of my era’ following the win. Read more