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Misplaced priorities – Nigerian celebrities, others react as FG is set to ban ‘Kpomo’ in the country

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Top media personality Daddy Freeze, Actress Monica Friday and other Nigerians have reacted over federal government proposal to ban the consumption of animal skin, locally known as ponmo, in the country to revive tanneries.

Muhammad Yakubu, director-general, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, had said this in Abuja on Sunday. He said the litigation was necessary to revive the comatose leather industry in the country.

He said the habit of eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be stopped to save the industry and boost the nation’s economy. The director-general added that the institute, in collaboration with stakeholders in the industry, would approach the national assembly and state governments to bring out legislation banning “ponmo” consumption.

“To the best of my knowledge, Nigerians are the only people in the world that overvalue skin as food, after all, Ponmo has no nutritional value. At one point, there was a motion before the two chambers of the national assembly, it was debated but I don’t know how the matter was thrown away,” he said.

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According to him, the consumption of animal skin is partly responsible for the present comatose state of tanneries in Nigeria.He also said the current National Leather Policy had addressed some fundamental problems of the sector.

“If we get our tanneries, our footwear and leather production working well in Nigeria, people will hardly get pomo to buy and eat. When implemented fully, it would turn around most of the comatose tanneries and ginger greater output in production.”

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Yakubu further appealed to stakeholders to support the legislation and the national leather policy to revive the sector.

However, reacting to this via comments on Instagram blog, Daddy Freeze wrote, “I love the fact that our country is run by utter geniuses.”

Monica Friday wrote, “Can we ban darkness for one year instead? Justice for ponmo.”

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Singer Chike wrote: “Oh Nooo!”

Officialdyijay wrote: “So, this is Nigeria’s major issue now? Misplaced priorities.”

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22 Hospitality Limited buys Sheraton’s parent company, Capital Hotels

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Capital Hotels Plc, owners of the Abuja-based luxury hotel, Sheraton, said 22 Hospitality Limited has procured 66.1 per cent of its outstanding shares in exchange for a controlling stake in the company.

A purchase of a company’s total issued shares crossing the 50 per cent threshold is deemed a buyout. Capital Hotels has not posted annual profit in the last two years.

The transaction is the end of a series of off-market deals conducted for months, and means Hans Gremlin Nigeria Limited will be yielding to 22 Hospitality Limited the ownership crown it had worn for two decades.

“All the required regulatory approvals have been received for the transaction,” Capital Hotels said in a statement posted on the Nigerian Exchange’s website.

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Capital Hotels set out earlier in the year to raise capital for, what it said, was the renovation of the hotel.

The board sought to approach it by way of rights issue and made a proposal during an emergency general meeting in April to sell new shares to existing shareholders at N7 per share at a time a unit was selling for N3.19 in the market.

A refusal by shareholders to endorse the offer for fear it would erode their rights meant the board turned to private placement as a second option. In all, 1,611,995,510 shares were allotted to 22 Hospitality Hospital at N7 per unit when that was concluded, totaling N11.3 billion.

The company’s share price, which had been stuck at N3.19 for at least seven months to 23rd May, jumped to N3.40 that date but has not moved again ever since.

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The share purchase transferred 51 per cent of the company’s outstanding shares to 22 Hospitality Limited.

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“In addition, 22 Hospitality Limited also bought 456,641,337, and 21,562,293 Ordinary Shares of 50 kobo each representing 14.45% and 0.68% of the equity share capital of the Company, from Hans Gremlin Nigeria Limited and Associated Ventures International Limited respectively through Offer for Sale,” according to the statement.

Altogether, the new owner’s holding in the firm translates to 2,090,199,140 ordinary shares.

Bank of Industry Limited, Ministry of Finance Incorporated, Nigeria Re-insurance Corporation and Continental Energy Resources Limited are among the substantial shareholders of Capital Hotels, its 2021 audited financial statement shows.

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I love you with passion, Faith Oyedepo tells husband on his 68th birthday

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Faith Oyedepo, the wife of David Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, has taken to social media to celebrate her husband on his 68th birthday.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Faith appreciated David for being a “wonderful leader” to all and sundry.

She also expressed her gratitude to God for being “undeniably evident” in the cleric’s life.

Faith said she loves David with passion while wishing him greater years ahead.

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“Happy birthday to my dear husband, Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo. The hands of God has undeniably been evident upon your life and to Him alone be all the glory,” she wrote.

“Thank you for being a wonderful leader and example to our family and world at large. Your latter years shall be greater than the past in Jesus’ name, amen. I love you with passion.”

Faith and David tied the knot in 1982.

The union has birthed four children, David Jr, Isaac, Love, and Joyce.

During their 38th wedding anniversary in August, they both pledged to love each other forever.

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“The journey thus far has been awesome with you by my side. You have been the true definition of a virtuous woman,” David told his wife.

 

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PHOTOS: 71-year-old Nigerian cleric, wife welcome triplets after years of waiting

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Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi paid a courtesy visit to a couple blessed with a set of triplets at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) in Ado-Ekiti.

The babies are the first children of 71-year-old Venerable Hezekiah Akenroye, a retired Anglican Priest and his wife, Mrs Durodoluwa Akenroye (45) who were married in April 2016.

The babies were delivered through a cesarean section on Wednesday 21st September 2022, and weighed 2.3kg, 2.0kg and 1.8 kg.

Congratulating the couple, Erelu Fayemi who got a hint of the birth of the triplets through a viral news on social media platforms presented the babies with cash and material gifts and charged the couple to ensure they raise the children in the way of the Lord.

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The first lady who made a detour to the hospital on her way to a social function today expressed happiness on the birth of the babies saying that it is an evidence that God answers prayers.

She congratulated the couple and used the medium to advise trying couples not to lose hope and keep believing in God.

The aged father of the babies, Venerable Akenroye who appreciated the first lady for her kind gesture, said he was happy to be blessed with the triplets after many years of waiting.

He said that he never believed God can still make him a father in life. He appreciated God for the pleasant gifts, stressing that God’s time is always the best.

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