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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has given approval to the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NAPRED) and May and Baker Plc to scale up the commercialisation and marketing of Niprisan, an anti-sickle cell drug for the treatment of sickle cell patients in Nigeria.
This was revealed on Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, while addressing State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of 10 rice mills to enhance the milling capacity of rice in the country.
This was revealed Wednesday by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting.
Lokpobiri said Nigeria needs a minimum of 100 large mills.
He said as at today the country has about 21 “but the federal government in its wisdom decided that today we should approve the establishment of 10 new rice mills at the total cost of N10.7 billion.”
There was outrage across the country yesterday following the spate of killings, especially in Benue where for the second day running, gunmen attacked villages, killing 13 people.
On Tuesday, 19 people, including two priests, were killed in two attacks in Ukor Mbalon Gwer Local Government Area.
The first attack was at dawn during a Catholic mass; the second during a burial.
Yesterday’s attack took place at Tse Umenger in Mbadwem Council Ward and Mbakpaase in Saghev in Guma Local Government Area, where 13 people were killed.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria ((TCN), yesterday warned about the imminence of another system collapse as a result of the volume of idle power waiting for evacuation.
It advised electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to recapitalise to boost their capacity, lamenting that despite its existing capacity, load rejection from the DisCos, which causes high frequency and system collapse could still persist unless the DisCos are ready to distribute their loads.
The Nigerian Army has promised to make public the findings of the panel it set up to investigate the allegations levelled against it by Gen. T.Y. Danjuma – who alleged that some troops in internal operation in Taraba collude with killers and suspected herdsmen and did not protect residents against attacks.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, made the promise on Wednesday when the panel led by its president, Maj.-Gen. John Nimyel, submitted its report.
Buratai set up the panel on April 9.
He also received the report of the 17-member Committee on Arms Verification, which he had set up on March 19.
And… stories from around the world.
Four mass graves have been unearthed in Rwanda, which are believed to date from the 1994 genocide.
The sites were found in the Gasabo district, outside the capital Kigali, and about 200 bodies have been exhumed.
Around 3,000 people from the area went missing during the massacres, and local people believe the graves may contain all of their bodies.
Some 800,000 people – ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus – were slaughtered in 100 days by Hutu militias.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has offered $50 million (£35.9 million) for a unification fight with WBO, IBF and WBA titles holder Anthony Joshua.
American Wilder posted a video on Twitter which shows Joshua saying he would accept the fight for $50 million.
Wilder said “all the money is in the bag so I expect you will be a man of your word“.
.@anthonyfjoshua Mate! I sent this personally this time just so there’s no miscommunication. Tell @EddieHearn to let you personally check his email this time. BTW I sent Your manager Rob McCracken the email as well. I’m looking forward to our meeting in the ring. #KingVsKing pic.twitter.com/WbH8SB5Qm5
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) April 25, 2018
Serious fighting has broken out in Sierra Leone’s parliament, just as the swearing-in of new MPs was getting under way following general elections last month.
Members of the All People’s Congress (APC) disrupted proceedings because 16 of their number had been asked to leave the chamber after a high court injunction against them.
Islamic State commanders fleeing Syria are conspiring with extremist groups in Africa to foment and infiltrate a new migration wave destined for Europe, the head of the UN World Food Programme has said.
David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, said Europe needed to wake up to the extremists’ strategy in the Sahel region.
Those forced out of Syria were uniting with local terrorist groups to use a lack of food as both a recruitment tool and a vehicle to push millions of Africans towards Europe, he said.
Israel has approached Russia several times in the last few weeks to demand that they meet their obligations under a cease fire deal signed with the U.S. last November by preventing pro-Iranian militias from entering a buffer zone on the Syrian-Israeli border.