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NABG, others move to develop standards for Nigeria’s agricultural commodities

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By Doosuur Iwambe

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In a bid to ensure that the quality of products meet the standards of the global market, the Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG) and major stakeholders in the agriculture sub sector took significant steps to adopt standards for Nigeria’s agricultural commodities.

The Director General of NABG, Dr. Manzo Maigari made this disclosure during a one-day stakeholder’s consultative workshop tagged “Unlocking Our Agri-Commodity Market, Setting the Appropriate Value for Nigeria’s Agri-Produce Exports” held in Abuja on Tuesday.

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The programme is powered by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support Nigerian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with capacity and technical competence to produce safe food and to also make their products more competitive globally.

Dr. Maigari said that the program is aimed at “Developing a National Agricultural Commodity Standards Grading System and National Policy to Support Commodity Grading System”.

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Manzo noted that Nigeria lags behind as its Agri-commodities have not been competitive in the global market despite the huge potential in the country. He stressed the necessity to build standards, following the persistent rejection of Nigerian products in the global market because they don’t meet specifications.

“In modern business and trade, people want to be sure of the quality of goods you produce, the sanitation, and the hygiene of what you are selling.

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If we want to play in the global scene then we must comply with the global best practices and align ourselves to global benchmarks and standards.

“This is something that does not exist currently in Nigeria and therefore as custodians of agribusiness in Nigeria, we have taken the initiative to bring stakeholders together both in the public and private sector, so that we can craft a policy that will enable Nigeria compete favorably in Africa and across the world,” he said.

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The Executive Secretary Nigeria’s National Action Committee on African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) Francis Anatogu, told reporters that the policy framework will help to focus on what the nation needs to do to make sure that the objective is achieved.

He also emphasized that the institutions or entities that will implement the policy should be backed by law to make it sustainable.

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Stella Oraka the CEO of Agribusiness Innovation (AGRICON) said the idea is for Nigerians to produce what they eat and sell what they produce. She also called for the empowerment of the Small Medium Enterprises to produce safe food to make it available for the masses and to be able to export the same.

“The SMEs have been very poor; they have not been able to produce what they even eat, not to talk of exporting. The NABG are trying to ensure that the SMEs are given the opportunity to produce safe food and to export and we are here to support them,” she said.

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“I Admire Your Eloquence, Calmness,” Emir Of Kano To Obi

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The Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has declared that he admired the eloquence, calmness, humility of the standard bearer of the Labour Party, (LP) Mr Gregory Peter Obi.

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The Monarch stated these when the presidential candidate paid him a courtesy visit in his palace on Friday.

Said he “Iadmire your eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God.”

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A statement by the spokesman of the Thirdforce Dr Yunusa iTanko added that Obi visited the revered monarch as he arrived Kano to sympathize with the Kano Flood Victims as well as Beirut Road Collapsed Building.

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party the statement further stressed used the occasion of the visit to brief the Emir of his desire to serve Nigeria as the next president come 2023.

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The former Anambra State Governor, who said he had been exposed to various areas of governance for years, noted that he was experienced enough to lead Nigeria.

“Though l am in the state for sympathy visit, l deem it appropriate to make the Palace my first point of call to pay you Royal Homeage and to formally infor.m of my intention to run for president in the forthcoming election.”

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Mr Peter Obi furthet explained that he was also in the Palace to sympathize with him as a Royal Father for the twinntragedy that befell the state penultimate weeks.

The Emir who nited that the country was blessed with abundant resources but wondered why there were suffering, poverty and crimes, said he believed Obi was eminently qualified for the position as he did it as Anambra State Governor wished wished Peter Obi well in the pursuit of his ambition.

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Peter Obi was in company of Kano State Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party Engineer Bashir Ishaq Bashir, his running mate Dr. Datti Yusuf Baba Ahmed , Dr Yunusa Tanko and State Chairman of Labour Party Mall Raji in his entourage.

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2023: Obi Visits Emir of Kano, restated his Desire to Lead Nigeria+photos

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party Mr. Peter Gregory Obi on Friday visited the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero where he reiterated his desire to serve Nigeria.

Obi visited the revered monarch as he arrives Kano to sympathize with the Kano Flood Victims as well as Beirut Road Collapsed Building.

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The former Anambra State Governor, who said he has been exposed to various areas of governance for years, noted that he is experienced to lead Nigeria.


While he told the Emir he is in the state for sympathy visit, Obi said he deemed it appropriate to make the Palace his first point of call.

The visit to the palace, Peter Obi explained, is to pay Royal Homage to the revered Emir and also to formally inform him of his intention to run for president in the coming election and also to sympathize with him as a Royal Father for the twinntragedy that befalled the state penultimate weeks.

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On his part, the Emir of Kano expressed his happiness for the visit and said he admires Peter Obi’s eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God. He also thanked him for having respect for culture.


The Emir who said the country is blessed with resources but wondered why there’s suffering and poverty and crime, said he believed Obi is eminently qualified for the position as he did it as Anambra State Governor where he wished Peter Obi well in the pursuit of his ambition.

Peter Obi was in company of Kano State Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party Engr. Bashir Ishaq Bashir, his running mate Dr. Datti Yusuf Baba Ahmed , Dr Yunusa Tanko and State Chairman of Labour Mall Raji in his entourage.

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2023: Newly wed couple join Obidients in Abuja one million man march+video

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Newly wedded couple on Saturday join the Obidients one million man march in Abuja trending video emerges online.

Naijablitznews.com reports no one seems to be left out as depicted in this video showing the newly married couple marching for LP presidential candidate Peter Obi.

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