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FG Supports R&D with N5bn in 2019

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Prof. Elias Sulaiman Gungoro, Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) has disclosed that the Federal Government released N5 billion last year to his agency to fund research.

He however, expressed hope that the grant will be increased to further enable it intensify on funding research.

Gungoro spoke on Tuesday at the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in Abuja. He also expressed hope that the MoU will help deepen participation of Nigerian researchers and achieve greater results.

In his remarks, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, who expressed satisfaction with the MoU said that increased funding for researchers in the agencies will discourage Nigerians from patronizing imported herbs as Nigerians have more than enough herbal resources that are lying fallow.

The Minister said the collaboration was part of efforts to deepen a knowledge and innovation- driven economy, adding that research agencies will greatly benefit from the development, adding that the MoU will boost research and development and as well promote national development.

He expressed optimism that the newly signed MOU will cement synergy between research agencies and academic institutions to the overall benefit of Nigeria. With this development, he explained that research institutes will now avail their research equipments and findings to the universities so as to enhance academic excellence and outputs.

He also said that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is the nerve center for developed nations and for Nigeria to achieve development, STEM subjects must be embraced by students and researchers.


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FG Regrets Begging Musk, U.S. Billionaire for Ventilators

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Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has deleted a tweet in which it pleaded with Elon Musk, American billionaire, for ventilators to treat the COVID-19 pandemic.

FG Regrets Begging Musk, U.S. Billionaire for Ventilators

Mr. Yunusa Abdullahi, special adviser on Media and Communications to the minister, said in a statement that the tweet was not done with the permission of the minister.

The statement read; “An unauthorised post was made on the verified Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning. The fact of the post is regrettable because of which it is brought down.

“We have made sure our internal processes are strengthened that such doesn’t happen again. The error is highly regrettable.”

However, Mr. Bashir Ahmad, President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, who also appealed to Musk for assistance, refused to delete his tweet and even re-tweeted similar pleas.

Buhari’s aide tweeted, “Hello Elon, I woke up to this your tweet all over the timeline, in this period of worldwide emergency getting ventilators is pretty hard no matter how much money you get, and that’s understandable! Nigeria, my dear country is in need. Kindly send 100s here, we really need them, thanks!”


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COVID – 19: TGI Group Donates Food Items to Lagos Food Bank

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Tropical General Investments Group has donated food items including rice, soya oil and seasoning cubes, as part of its efforts to support the Lagos state government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the presentation, TGI Group provided 200 bags of 50kg Big Bull Rice produced by its subsidiary – WACOT Rice Limited in Argungu, Kebbi State, 2500 cartons of Golden Terra Oil and 3000 cartons of Terra Seasoning Cubes, produced by subsidiaries West African Soy Industries Limited (WASIL) and West African Cubes Limited (WACUB), both located in Sagamu.

Corporate Communications Manager, TGI Group, Rafiat Raji, in her address during the presentation of items, stated “in view of the stay-at-home directive, it is clear that many Lagosians are facing one level of hardship or the other.

“Therefore, we understand that it is a collective responsibility to provide support for the less privileged among us, hence our contribution to the Lagos State food bank which will provide succour to at least 20,000 families”.

Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, Commissioner for Agriculture – Lagos State, who received the items alongside the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, on behalf of the state government noted that the donation was a welcome development.

He commended the efforts of TGI Group in its timely response to partner with the state government in its intervention to provide food for two hundred thousand households across three hundred and seventy-seven wards to cater for the most vulnerable and indigent within the state in this period.

“This will also add to what we have in mind in terms if supporting our people. Our target is to reach 200,000 homes across Lagos, and distribution is already ongoing in multiple locations” Lawal said.

The group reassured the state Government of their commitment to keep supporting the state and country on all fronts in order to flatten the curve of the Corona Virus pandemic.

Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is an international investment and holding company with diversified interests. Its corporate identity is based on respect for people, its communities and the natural environment as it continuously seeks to support its communities during and beyond challenging times.


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LASEPA Recants, Unseals Jumia Warehouse

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The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has reopened Jumia’s warehouse located at Surulere industrial road, off Allen, Ikeja.

It would be called that on Wednesday agents from LASEPA sealed off Jumia warehouse and other offices for contravening the lockdown order by the Federal government.

But in what seems like a change of mind, the agency on Thursday reopened the warehouse, citing that the online marketing store has been classified as an ‘Essential supplier’ in the fight to contain the novel coronavirus.

Putting up the update on its Twitter handle @LasepaInfo, the agency said the warehouse was opened “having established that Jumia can be classified as an ‘Essential supplier’ as contained in the Infectious Disease Regulation signed by the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the 27th March 2020.”

The initial sealing of the popular online retail store had elicited condemnation from social media users, who lamented why the Jumia outlet should be closed down at a time Lagos residents have been asked to stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Jumia Nigeria has demonstrated responsible corporate citizenship.

The company recently announced its partnership with Lagos State Government on #MyHandsAreSafe campaign, as an information tool to curb further spread of COVID-19.

They also announced the implementation of Contactless Delivery as safety measure for customers to further enhance social distancing measures.

In response to the pandemic, Jumia announced a partnership deal with Reckitt Benckiser to enable customers have access to hygiene products at affordable prices during the lockdown.

 

 

 

 


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