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Procter and Gamble supports National Primary Health Care Development Agency’s (NPHCDA) integrated medical outreach program

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Covid-19: P&G supports Nigerian government with over N90m worth of humanitarian package

Leading Consumer Goods Company in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble, is supporting the Integrated Medical Outreach Program (I-MOP) of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the Federal Ministry of Health through the donation of 500,000 Pampers® diapers.

The I-MOPprogram which was flagged off at the Bwari Township Primary Health Center, Abuja, will strengthen primary health and increase immunization rates in Nigeria.

P&G is a force for good and a force for growth in the communities where it operates. Over the years, P&G’s operations in Nigeria touch thousands of lives with economic prosperity while its citizenship efforts touch over five million people.

The company’s donation of Pampers® diapers to NPHCDA will incentivize mothers to immunize their children through this outreach.

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This partnership with NPHCDA is a continuation of the Pampers® Project Rigakafi – which means prevention –which has also supported Ogun and Kebbi state governments to improve health outcomes of over 30,000 babies in peri-urban and rural areas of the states.

In his remarks, the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, noted that the I-MOP intervention is aimed at strengthening and scaling up access to routine immunization and other primary healthcare (PHC) services in the selected low performing 409 councils in the country.

He added that the Federal Government of Nigeria maintains a policy to provide free immunization services against all vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and encouraged citizens to utilize these services.

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In addition, the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib encouraged the rural citizens, particularly, mothers and caregivers to ensure that they secure the health and future of their children by seizing the opportunity provided by this programme to visit the selected primary health care centres nearest to them.

He also thanked partners such as Procter & Gamble for supporting the program.

For over 25 years in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble, producer of notable brands like Always®, Ariel®, Pampers®, Gillette®, Oral B® and Safeguard®, has been an active investor in Nigeria, creating over 4,000 jobs through its manufacturing operations in Ibadan and Lagos and its world-class distributor centre in Agbara.

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P&G’s Children Safe Drinking Water program (CSDW) has provided hundreds of million litres of safe drinking water in Nigeria helping to prevent possible death and disease from contaminated water while its Always/UNESCO program is empowering over 110,000 Nigerian girls and women with basic literacy and skills development through ICT in Northern Nigeria.

In addition, P&G SME Academy – in partnership with the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment – has trained hundreds of SMEs on basic business management training and skills to improve their standards, ensure longevity and enable their integration into global value chains.

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Computer Village: Community seeks LASG intervention over looming crisis

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The Ogunbiyi Community Development Association (CDA) in the Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State has urged the state government to intervene over alleged constant harassment by hoodlums at the Ikeja Computer Village market.

Mr. Timi Davies, Vice Chairman, Ogunbiyi CDA, who also doubled as the chairman of a coalition of associations in Computer Village, told newsmen on Wednesday that his people were tired of constant harassment on residents by thugs.

Reports have it that the trader’s shutdown the biggest ICT market on Saturday in protest against the constant assault on the people by some hoodlums.

Trouble started on Saturday when the CDA erected a gate at Idowu Lane in the market which was allegedly removed and carted away on the order of the Iyaloja who also ordered the arrest of t two men, including the CDA Chairman.

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Davis urged the state government to come to its aid and intervene before the matter degenerated into a major crisis in the community.

He said, “This is an ICT business hub, this is not a market where they sell pepper and tomatoes, therefore, installing Babaloja and Iyaloja here is a misnomer. Computer Village does not belong to the market women association for Christ’s sake.

“We have made our position clear that we do not want these people, they do not represent us because we have our own different associations to which we belong.

“Moreover, they have continued to harass and assault people here to the extent that customers are already running away from the business environment for fear of being harassed.

“What happened Saturday is that the CDA erected a gate at Idowu lane to protect the market from burglars which were witnessed during the lockdown.

“We approached the local government, being our supervising body, and we were given the approval, but in the evening, Iyaloja sent hoodlums to remove the gate while she also ordered the arrest of the CDA chairman and others.

“Their offense for being arrested was that they didn’t take permission from Iyaloja and Babaloja before erecting the gate to protect their goods from being stolen.”

Davis said that the traditional title of Iyaloja or Babaloja did not give them permission to govern the community which was under the CDA created by the law of the state.

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He called on the state government to intervene to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the area.

Reacting, the Iyaoloja of Computer Village market, Mrs. Abimbola Azeez-Isokpehi said “the Idowu Lane where the gate was erected had always been part of Computer Village.”

Azeez-Isokpehi said there was arch built by TECNO mobile with signboards of Iyaloja which was erected at all the entrances of Computer Village.

“Suddenly, some people just thought they can cordon off Idowu Lane, claiming it is not part of Computer Village and they want to be alone.

“These unscrupulous elements wanted to try my authority by removing Idowu Lane as part of Computer Village.

“That was why they went to erect the gate there without my knowledge and I cannot be looking for people who hold the keys to the market when I am in charge,” she said.

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Lockdown: Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano. loses over N15m revenue

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The management of the Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano, says it has lost over N15 million in revenue since the lockdown of the state aimed at curbing COVID-19 spread.

Mr. Muhammad Bashir, the market’s Director of Administration and General Services, gave the figure while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Kano.

“As a result of this loss, we cannot even pay our staff salaries; we pay our staff from the revenue we generate.

“Every month, we generate over N12 million out of which we normally spend over N8 million as workers’ salaries,” he said.

Bashir said that huge business activities in the market were making social distancing difficult.

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The director said that the management of the market had, however, received over 20,000 face masks from the Kano State Government for distribution to traders and customers to reduce COVID-19 spread.

Bashir appealed to the state government to assist the management with funds to enable it to pay workers’ salaries.

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The director said that payment of workers’ salaries would reduce hardship induced by the 45-day-old lockdown.

He hailed the state government’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tanzanian gov’t to crack down on hiking of sugar price

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Tanzanian Authorities said on Wednesday it will launch a crackdown on sugar traders who have been hiking the price.

Japhet Hasunga, the Minister for Agriculture, said the crackdown followed complaints from the public that traders sold the commodity higher than the indicative price set by the government.

“The crackdown will target one shop after another and traders, who are found for hiking price of sugar, will face the full force of the law,’’ said Hasunga.

“If there are traders who think the crackdown is a joke, let them continue selling the commodity at a high price.

“They should not blame anyone when they face the music,’’ added the minister.

On April 24, the government announced an indicative price of the commodity, which is 2,600 Tanzanian shillings (about $1.12) a kilogram, after sugar price had gone up.

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The rise in sugar price was allegedly attributed to traders, who had hoarded the commodity in warehouses, to create an artificial shortage.

Hasunga said Tanzania’s sugar demand stood at 470,000 tons a year, while the country’s five sugar processing factories had the capacity of producing 378,000 tons in 2019.

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