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Ooni suspends Aje Festival 

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…As Famoriyo advocates for revival of Adire culture

By Jeleel Olawale

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has postponed the annual Aje Festival indefinitely.

According to a statement by the Director of Media & Public Affairs to the Ooni, Otunba Moses Olafare said, the decision was taken after a meeting of the Ife Traditional Council under the supreme leadership of the Ooni, in relation to the current naira scarcity and petroleum facing the country.

The statement read in part, “The decision to postpone the prominent Aje festival is in solidarity with Nigerians especially the scarcity of naira notes, fuel and other basic needs that should have made life better for all.

“The Ooni is concerned as a father and held meetings with Iyalaje Oodua, Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade who is the Festival Coordinator and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that things get fixed as he continues to pray for the country.

“A new date will be announced to the public shortly after the forthcoming Presidential election.”

Aje Festival is a prominent festival in Yoruba land particularly Ile-Ife, to celebrate and enlighten the people about the spirit of wealth and prosperity.

Similarly, Mr. Richard Famoriyo has advocated for the revival of Adire attire among Yorubas to promote the dressing culture of the Yoruba speaking region.

Famoriyo, who is the head of the Adire Hub of Ife Grand Resorts and Industrial Hub said, the Adire factory is established to promote Yoruba culture and empower the youths, saying the hub has trained many youths about our culture.

He noted that if not because of some people who really love our culture, stressing that it has been discovered nowadays that we find it difficult seen the younger ones putting on native attire.

“If not because some people have imbibed native cultural dressing, the dressing culture would have gone into extinction. The issue is that richest ones in the society are not promoting the culture.

“Many people build industry but no one thinks of promoting our ancient way of dressing. The parents are not even helping matter because they imbibed foreign dressing code. Ife is the cradle of Adire because it started from Ile-Ife.

“Ile-Ife is the origin of Adire. Ogun State Government has made it compulsory for students to put on Adire attire and should be included in our school curriculum. The fault is from the government and elderly ones in the society,”Famoriyo said.

He said there are a lot of advocacy on the need to imbibe Adire culture, adding that many young people have been trained.

“Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is trying greatly in promoting the culture. We have trained about 100 people free, courtesy of Ooni of Ife. The media is also being used to promote our ancient culture.”

Famoriyo added that youths should be empowered by training them on  Adire culture with a view to promote our culture.

“People should be made to imbibe Adire culture.”

The policy of putting on Adire by the former Osun State Government who mandated civil servants in Osun State to wear Adire attire by the former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on every Thursday should be continued and sustained.

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Tinubu appoints Olatunji Bello CEO, Vice Chairman of FCCPC

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mr. Olatunji Bello as the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, pending confirmation by the Senate.

A statement by Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu’s media aide, noted that Mr. Bello is a lawyer, administrator, and renowned journalist.

He is the former secretary to the Lagos State Government and holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos. He studied Law at the same university and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002.

Mr. Bello began his career in journalism at the Concord Newspapers in 1985 and held the positions of Group Political Editor, Sunday Concord Editor, and Editor of National Concord.

He is a winner of the US Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship and was appointed Chairman of the Editorial Board of THISDAY Newspapers in 2001.

He also served as Commissioner for Environment under various administrations in Lagos State.

Ngelale said the President expects that the new CEO of this important agency will ensure the holistic realisation of the commission’s mandate of protecting and promoting the interests and welfare of Nigerian consumers and ensuring the adoption of measures to guarantee the safety and quality of goods and services.

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NCDC reports 1,598 suspected cholera cases in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, NCDC, has reported 1,598 suspected cases of cholera across 107 local government areas.

The cholera outbreak is characterised by a case fatality rate of 3.5 per cent, significantly higher than the national expected average of one per cent, underscoring the severity of the situation.

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr Jide Idris, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja while providing an update on the cholera epidemiological situation in Nigeria and ongoing prevention and response efforts at the national and sub-national levels.

Cholera is a severe diarrheal illness caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The disease remains a significant health challenge, especially in regions with inadequate sanitation and clean water access.

Understanding the transmission mechanism of cholera is crucial to curbing its spread and implementing effective prevention measures.

Idris said: “Government is deeply concerned about the rapid spread and higher-than-expected mortality rate, indicating a more lethal outbreak.”

He emphasised that the fatalities represented significant personal losses, including those of family members, spouses, parents and healthcare workers.

“This situation can be compounded as the rainy season intensifies,” he added.

He disclosed that Lagos State accounted for the highest number of deaths with 29, followed by Rivers with eight, Abia and Delta with four each, Katsina with three, Bayelsa with two and Kano, Nasarawa and Cross River with one each.

He added: “This alarming trend highlights the urgent need for coordinated response to prevent further escalation of the crisis. Sixteen states accounted for 90 per cent of the confirmed cases, with Lagos being the epicentre of the outbreak. Lagos State, having the highest number of cases, has received significant focus, with ongoing support and resources directed to manage the outbreak effectively.”

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NAFDAC alerts public on unregistered B-GAG syrup

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has notified Nigerians about the illegal production and sale of unregistered B-GAG mist pot CIT syrup.

The alert is contained in a public notice No. 023/2024, issued by the agency’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in Abuja on Sunday.

The unregistered product is alleged to have been sold by a company named Babban Gida Agalawa General Enterprises.

According to the statement, the product, being presented in a pet bottle, was discovered during a surveillance operation carried out by the NAFDAC Post Marketing Surveillance Directorate Officers in Maiduguri, Borno, and Keffi, Nasarawa States.

It said that the product was found to be without a NAFDAC registration number and a misleading label.

NAFDAC in the statement said that illegal marketing of medicines or counterfeit medicines posed a risk to public health.

Adeyeye noted that without compliance with regulatory provisions of safety, quality, and efficacy of such products were not guaranteed.

The agency gave the batch number of the fake product as 0070, the manufacturing date as 01/02/2024, as well as the expiring date as 01/02/2027.

Adeyeye also gave the address of the manufacturer as No. 883/884 Western Bypass Ring Road, Kumbosto Local Government, Kano State.

Adeyeye further said that NAFDAC Zonal Directors and State Coordinators had been directed to carry out surveillance to mop up the illegal products within the zones and states.

She advised consumers and caregivers to avoid the use of the product, adding that all medical products must be obtained from authorised and licensed suppliers.

Adeyeye said that products’ authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked before buying.

She also advised healthcare professionals and consumers to report any suspicion of either the sale of substandard and falsified medicines or medical devices to the nearest NAFDAC office.

Adeyeye called on the public to report any adverse reaction to NAFDAC on 0800-162-3322 or via email: [email protected].

She encouraged healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of medicinal products through NAFDAC E-reporting platforms.

The e-reporting platforms, according to her are: www.nafdac.gov.ng, the Med- safety application available for download on Android, and IOS stores or via e-mail on [email protected].

She said the notice about the product would be uploaded on the World Health Organisation, Global Surveillance and Monitoring System.

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