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Bread makers threaten to withdraw services from tomorrow over high production cost

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BREAD makers, under the Premium Breadmakers Association of Nigeria (PBAN) umbrella, have lamented the difficulty in operating bakeries in Nigeria.
As a result, they have concluded plans to embark on a withdrawal of their services from Thursday July 21, 2022 for a four-day period, in the first instance, according to a statement issued by the association.
“Bread is a staple food and one of the cheapest ‘grab and go’ foods available for both the poor and rich. It, therefore, behoves on the federal government to be mindful of this and ensure the survival and sustainability of the industry.
“In a move to ensure the survival of the premium breadmaking industry in Nigeria, we have decided to embark on a withdrawal of services beginning from Thursday 21st July, 2022 for four days in the first instance, and where there is no intervention from the government, we shall escalate the duration of the withdrawal,” the statement, dated July 20, 2022, read.
The statement, jointly signed by the PBAN president, Emmanuel Onuorah, and its public and industrial relations officer, Babalola Thomas, appealed to the Federal government to stop charging 15 per cent wheat development levy on wheat import.
It also requested the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to review downwards the N154,000 penalty charged against bakeries on late renewal of certificates.
The association explained that prices of baking materials had gone up and sought access to grants and soft loans being given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs).
It also requested stoppage of what it called the multi-agencies regulation of the breadmaking industry.
PBAN, disclosing its sister association had been having series of meetings with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Abuja (FMITI) since 2021, noted that nothing much had come out of that effort.
Last month, the Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of (AMBCN) had threatened that its members would withdraw their services nationwide over the same matter.
In a communique AMBCN issued, it stated that the cost of flour, sugar and other materials used in the bakery business had skyrocketed beyond the reach of many bakers.

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Mother rains curses on daughter over malice

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A yet-to-be-identified woman has rained curses on her daughter, Chinyere, as is seen in a video posted by a Facebook user, Charles Ogbu, on Wednesday.

The woman, who claimed that her daughter did not speak to her on her traditional wedding day said that her daughter, Chinyere, would suffer and continue to beg for food.

The woman who spoke in Igbo said, “I thank you god for giving me the strength to raise Chinyere Judith Benson Nduru Okoye, and on the day that they were to pay her brideprice, Chinyere and her husband didn’t speak to me.

“She got married, got pregnant for two children, and her husband’s mother went for Omugwo. I did not know when she got married. The way I have spoken, God of Godspower, so long as I gave birth to her and she suckled on my breast, Chinyere will continue to suffer in this life. She takes me for granted even though I did not offend her, I paid for her school fees, and WAEC and then she got married in Enugu state.

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“Her name is Chinyere Judith Ojukwu. God who made her get married will never see anything good in her life. If she doesn’t talk about what I did to her, her, and her husband, If I have another God, God will not do it for me but if I don’t have another God, I am calling on God who is alive to fight for me. Including any man and woman who feed her with words and any person who is eating what belongs to me; what belongs to them will never get to them. They will continue to beg for food and eat sand.”

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“Chinyere Judith Ojukwu you will continue to suffer and it will never be well with you in Jesus name, Amen. Chinyere, as I am carrying this sand and throwing it, Chinyere, you will continue to suffer in Jesus name.”

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Singer Brymo tackles Peter Okoye over the way he drags Seun Kuti and the Kuti’s family

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Popular Nigerian singer, Brymo in a recent post on social media tackle his colleague, Peter Okoye over the way he drags Seun Kuti as well as the Kuti’s family.

It all started Seun Kuti stated that it takes the effort of dedicated Nigerians to save Nigeria, not an opportunist like Peter Obi.

Reacting to this, Singer Peter Okoye who is Peter Obi die hard supporter slams Seun Kuti for calling Peter Obi an opportunist and by extension attacks Seun Kuti’s paternal figure.

Dragging Seun Kuti further, Peter Okoye disclosed that if not because of his father no one knows Seun Kuti as he couldn’t point out a song he sang successfully.

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Bragging about his achievement, Peter Okoye said that his late father was nobody, but now everyone knows the “Okoye” and by extension dares Seun Kuti to remove “kUTI” from his surname and see if anyone would recognize him.

He wrote, “My late Father was a nobody but today everyon knows the OKOYES! Dude try removing “KUTI” from you name make I know weda anybody sabi you! Remain in that your Local SHRINE while people like us and others continue excelling Globally! YOU CANT SHAME THE SHAMELESS!”

Reacting to the statement, singer Brymo who is a supporter of Tinubu advised Peter Okoye to delete the post as he accused him of being egoistic in nature by claiming he is self made.

Brymo wrote, “Bros .. you never delete ?..you go keep this post wey trifle your pops, just cause it reads like you are self-made and he inherited fame ?..that’s your point right ?.. this belittles yours.. this is quite self serving, I doubt you own your successes, you belong to your sponsors ?”

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Outrage as Ezendigbo of Ibadanland confers chieftaincy title on Olubadan

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There has been an uproar as a self-titled Ezendigbo of Ibadan land and Oyo state, Alex Anozie, conferred an Igbo chieftaincy title of Ezi ogo ukwu Ndigbo on the Olubadan of Ibadan land, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Senator Lekan Balogun.

Anozie, who conferred the award recently in Ibadan, explained that Ndigbo on January 29, 2023 made history by gathering together to launch their almanac besides using the opportunity to honour their beloved great in-law, His Imperial Majesty, Kabiyesi Olubadan, with an Igbo title, which means a very good and great in-law of Ndigbo.

He recalled that on December 4,2022 during their Igbo day celebration at Liberty stadium, Ibadan, Ndigbo conferred on their daughter, Her Imperial Majesty, Joyce Balogun with an Igbo Chieftaincy title of Ada Oma Ndigbo nala Ibadan and Oyo state.

Anozie observed that Kabiyesi Olubadan is married to one of their beautiful daughters of Igbo origin from Onitsha adding that the marriage is wonderfully blessed with beautiful children while the couple are living together peacefully all these years as husband and wife.

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“With the authority conferred on me by my people Ndigbo in Ibadan and Oyo state since the year 1997, I hereby confer this title on our dear Imperial majesty, Oba Lekan Balogun”, he declared, “Everything we can do to keep moving on with the peaceful and progressive manner Ndigbo and Ibadan people and indeed Yoruba have been living together in Nigeria, we shall continue to do and encourage.”

However, this didn’t not sit well with Yoruba scholars and elders as such title was seen as an insult on the throne of Olubadan and the Yoruba race in general. Many were of the opinion that the self acclaimed Igbo king, a guest in Ibadan, overstepped his boundary by giving a title to the Olubadan kingdom, his host.

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“Àyà gbàngbà nílé onílé, hábà . Àlejò conferring a title on the King on his own land! This shows how stupid we appear to have become! A mà wá r’ógo o. They are playing politics here but it is rude and we have to separate issues and disallow our revered Oba being disrespected. Ọba kii joyè n’ilẹ̀ tiwa. Nobody can confer Chieftaincy title on any of our Ọbas no matter how tiny his town his. This lady should be scolded and made to publicly denounce this nonsense and apologise to Kábíyèsí,” one wrote.

“Abomination. Even a prince don’t take chieftancy title from other king,” wrote another.

“One “Anozie confers chieftaincy title on Olubadan.” Meaning an Anozie (whoever he may be & wherever he may be from) conferred a chieftaincy title on the paramount ruler of Ibadan! Other than the audacity, it is even procedurally and ethically unheard of, for a paramount ruler (equivalent to a King) to now be subjected to the indignity of being regarded as a lesser Chief of whoever! Abomination buruku niyen now! That’s the height of indignity that can be visited on a King! Abi after King, wetin remain?! Conferring our Olubadan with another minor chieftaincy title is akin to subjugation. The “conferer” has essentially assumed authority over the “conferee”. It’s simple!

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“That someone would even think of doing it is one thing, that the person now actually has the gut and effrontery to actualise it is quite galling. Arinfin gba niyen! It is the worst of slight and an affront to the Stool.

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“How do you demote a paramount ruler (King) like Olubadan and now call him one of your chiefs?!

“There was and is nothing noble behind that intention! It was a deliberate act of mischief calculated to ridicule the symbol of the people of Ibadan. Plain and simple!

“Where else have you heard of such ridiculous conferment?! What is bad is bad please.

“If the Olubadan can’t run the culprit out of Ibadan, let him at least reject such brazen insult with extreme prejudice! Arrant Nonsense!” a lawyer submitted.

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“Èèmọ̀!” wrote one indignantly.

While response is being awaited from the Olubadan palace over the development, the Yoruba people are concerned about the implication of allowing such action to go unpunished.

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