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Aunt Landa to empower the needy at 2020 Market Sq.



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By Juliet Ebirim

Widespread humanitarian, Dr Yolanda N. George-David, also referred to as Aunt Landa has introduced plans for the seventh Version’ of Aunt Landa Market Sq. tagged “The Restart Version” set to carry at CPM Worldwide, Egbe, Lagos on Saturday, 19th December 2020.

The Aunt Landa Market Sq. is a platform for the much less privileged to purchase meals, garments, medication and different issues without cost on the worth of the “Aunt Landa Love Forex”(Zero Naira wrapped in God’s love) to buy all gadgets.
It has been revealed that the market will open to the general public, and for the much less privileged to buy free, in addition to purchase free vocational coaching courtesy Aunt Landa’s Free Tertiary Academy.

There might be free Medicals, Garments, FoodStuff, House Equipments, Bedspace for the Homeless, Aunt Landa’s Wonderland, Photostudio and plenty of extra.

Talking on this yr’s market sq., Dr Yolanda N. George David remarked,
‘There’s a lot ache, lack and struggling because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Life as we all know it’s no extra for everybody, so you may think about how unhealthy issues are for the much less privileged. We’re nonetheless targeted on reaching the unreached as a result of love is an motion phrase, however loads of restructuring has been put in place to make the Aunt Landa’s Market Sq. Covid19 protected.” she mentioned.

This yr’s version of Aunt Landa’s Market Sq. is powered by Aunt Landa Bethel Basis and proudly supported by wonderful manufacturers.

Final yr, Pep Nigeria donated hundreds of things and this yr, they’re doing the identical. Additionally, as a part of the Malta Guinness 30th Anniversary Marketing campaign, Malta Guinness can be supporting the Aunt Landa Market Sq. with a Goodness Splash. Different companions embody Mouka Ltd, Hayat Kimya Nigeria Ltd, Godrej Nigeria Ltd-makers of Darling Braids Extension and Unilever Plc makers of Royco Cubes who’ve donated their merchandise to assist make the outreach a memorable one for beneficiaries. The market sq. can also be supported by Fountain Med Pharmacy.

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Why we won’t recognise Obiozor as President-Normal of Ohaneze — IPOB




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Chief of Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu

…Says new Igbo chief imposed by ‘cabal’

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

The Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, stated it won’t recognise Chief George Obiozor as President- Normal of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, claiming he was imposed on Ndigbo.

IPOB additionally stated the previous Ohaneze Ndigbo management appointed Obiozor, saying folks weren’t allowed to elect who leads them.

IPOB in a press release entitled, “Why we are able to’t recognises George Obiozor as President Normal of Ohaneze Ndigbo” signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Highly effective, stated he was allegedly imposed on Ndigbo by a cabal.

The assertion reads: “We the worldwide household of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our nice chief, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, want to state with none ambiguity, that we can’t work along with the newly appointed President Normal of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief George Obiozor.

“It is because he was imposed on the Igbo socio-cultural physique by the cabal working Nigeria. The cabal was instrumental to the emergence of Obiozor as Ohaneze Nationwide President in response to our findings.

“IPOB carefully monitored the jamboree within the title of an election that produced Chief Obiozor as the brand new Ohanaeze helmsman, critically analysed the antecedents of these behind his emergence and concluded that we can’t in all honesty work with him as a result of we aren’t ideologically appropriate.

“Chief Obiozor will not be completely evil, however these behind him are unrepentant enemies of Biafra. Naturally, he can solely do the bidding of his sponsors, thus sacrificing Igbo curiosity.

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“We raised the alarm then however no person listened to us, so IPOB can’t work with a person we all know can be remote-controlled.

“We additionally want to make clear that we can’t work with the present bunch of Igbo sellouts clamouring for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 as a result of we all know their actual motives.

“They’re solely after their private features going by their antecedents.”

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Beans farmers in N-East relive horrors of ‘Wuta Wuta’




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…Scientist to the rescue

By Femi Bolaji, Jalingo

For many Nigerians, beans are a  main supply of protein. The egume which is consumed by each rural and concrete dwellers has in latest instances witnessed an upsurge in its price worth throughout the nation.

This phenomenon has made lovers of the delicacy discover it harder to purchase this supply of protein with the intention to fulfill their every day dietary wants.

Nonetheless, farmers of the cowpea who decide the costs of this meals merchandise attributed the inconsistent market worth of the legume to pre-harvest losses.

The horrors of giant losses on funding and the battle to interrupt even have discouraged many farmers from venturing into beans cultivation.

In Nigeria’s North-East the place beans are largely cultivated, farmers have recognized Cowpea Witchweed as a serious reason behind their pre-harvest losses.

The pest, which is known as ‘WutaWuta’ (Hearth-Hearth) within the native Hausa language, was drawn from the ravaging impact of the pest on its host (beans seedling).

Recurrent losses through the years have discouraged many farmers on this area from cultivating the legume. Others handle to farm and promote their harvest at exorbitant costs to recoup losses.


The parasite, Cowpea Witchweed, is scientifically generally known as Striga gesnerioides. In response to Wikipedia, the weed belongs to a gaggle of parasitic vegetation that connect to the roots of its host.

As a parasitic organism, Striga will depend on its hosts for survival and in flip causes extreme hurt, thus depriving the crop of water and vitamins.

Its devastating impact typically results in very low yield or whole lack of seedlings for the farmer.

The European and Mediterranean Plant Safety Group (EPPO) international database on the distribution of Striga detailed Africa, Asia, America, and Oceania as a number of the locations it’s most prevalent.

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Additional evaluation of the info signifies {that a} whole of 27 African nations together with Nigeria deal with this killer weed. Two nations in America, six in Asia, and one in Oceania even have a widespread prevalence of Striga gesnerioides.

Whereas Striga weeds have the capability to supply a number of thousand seeds in a planting season; the research of its behaviour by scientists has proven that it can not survive for greater than seven days after germination with out attaching to the roots of a number.

Regardless of this information of the numerous behaviour of the weed, farmers within the North East nonetheless discover it tough to chop again on pre-harvest losses.

The 2020 farming season for Odeh Ogaji, a farmer in Taraba State, was not one of the best of instances. The COVID-19 pandemic that took the world unexpectedly dashed his anticipated consequence on the finish of the farming season.

Additionally, the imposed lockdown and numerous restrictions of motion uncovered his funding in his rice farm to encroachment by nomadic herdsmen who grazed their cattle freely on the farm.


He was additionally a beans farmer, however recurrent losses put a cease to his funding in beans farms.

“I might hardly get a bag after the whole lot”, he lamented. I used herbicides on the land in a bid to stop the Striga from killing the bean seedlings nevertheless it didn’t work. That was why I made a decision to not enterprise into beans farming in 2020.”

The story in Adamawa State shouldn’t be totally different. Sunday Mbidomti, a resident of Girei Native Authorities Space of the state, on the first shot in beans cultivation final yr had a bitter expertise with Striga.

“I had excessive hopes once I secured a large expanse of land to farm beans final yr, however barely a month after cultivation, I began counting my losses. The destruction was a lot that just about the complete seedlings had been destroyed by the weed (wuta wuta).”

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A extra detailed expertise with Striga was nonetheless obtained from one other Adamawa-based farmer, Francis Raymond.

“In 2017, I planted maize and cowpea on my farm. Regardless of making use of fertilizer, about 50 p.c of my maize was destroyed.

“My beans too didn’t do effectively in any respect however the yield was higher than the maize. I made a decision to not domesticate the land in 2018.

“In 2019, I planted solely beans as a result of I didn’t wish to waste my cash to purchase fertilizers for the maize. Normally, beans don’t want fertilizer. Nonetheless, my beans didn’t do effectively.

“The yr 2020 was so unhealthy. It was a critical combat between me and the Wuta Wuta. As I attempted to take away them, increasingly more saved on rising. Like 80 p.c of my beans had been destroyed. I used to be solely in a position to get a little bit harvest from the land.

“This may be consumed by my household. No additional to promote and earn some cash. It was so unhappy. By the grace of God, in 2021, I must search for one other farmland to domesticate,” he mentioned.


Whereas there may be at the moment no identified single resolution to the menace of controlling the expansion of Striga weeds, plant scientists have nonetheless advised a mixture of varied approaches to farmers.

Whereas this suggestion to farmers is kind of tasking and costly, it seems to be the one stop-gap to make sure beans are available for buy available in the market.

Nonetheless, with the development in analysis on the behaviour of the Striga weeds, hope appears to be brewing someplace in Adamawa, North-East Nigeria.

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A scientist at Modibbo Adama College, Yola, Mr. Adebare Adeleke, is growing an answer to the menace of pre-harvest losses which beans farmers throughout the nation have contended with for years.

In response to him, “years of research about Striga weeds recommend that the seeds are available in infested soils even earlier than planting.

“Top-of-the-line options which have been proposed to get rid of this parasitic weed infestation is to eradicate or drastically cut back its viable seeds current within the soil by stimulating their development earlier than planting the meals crops on the soil.

“This Striga weed administration strategy is what I’m at the moment growing. It’s a consortium of microorganisms that may produce sure hormones which have the power to stimulate the germination of Striga seeds within the soil.

“I’m growing a microbial product in a powdery kind which might be used to pre-treat the sphere for the Striga weed to develop and die.

“After the germination and subsequent loss of life of the Striga seedlings as a result of absence of host vegetation to connect, the sphere can then be ready for the cultivation of the meals crop. “

Adeleke believes the microbiological product being developed with native supplies would contribute to meals safety and cut back pre-harvest losses suffered by bean farmers in Nigeria.

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Gunmen shoot useless two Afghan ladies judges in Kabul




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Gunmen shot useless two Afghan ladies judges working for the Supreme Courtroom throughout an early morning ambush within the nation’s capital Sunday, officers stated, as a wave of assassinations continues to rattle the nation.

The assault on the judges occurred as they have been travelling to their workplace in a courtroom car, Ahmad Fahim Qaweem, a spokesman for the courtroom advised AFP.

“Sadly, we’ve misplaced two ladies judges in right now’s assault. Their driver is wounded,” Qaweem stated.

“The car was transporting the ladies judges to their workplace.”

There are greater than 200 feminine judges working for the nation’s prime courtroom, the spokesman added.

Kabul police confirmed the assault.

“They have been judges working for the Supreme Courtroom,” stated Jamshid Rasuli, spokesman for the legal professional common’s workplace.

Violence has surged throughout Afghanistan in latest months, particularly in Kabul the place a brand new development of focused killings of high-profile figures have sown worry and chaos within the restive metropolis.

The newest assault comes simply two days after the Pentagon introduced it had lower troop ranges in Afghanistan to 2,500, their lowest numbers in the course of the almost 20 years of struggle.


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