3.6 million people in north-east Nigeria are food insecure, says UN agency.

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations says about 3.6 million people in the north-east region of Nigeria are food insecure.

The north-east, particularly Borno state, has been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Speaking with journalists on Tuesday, Dominic Burgeon, FOA director of emergency, said the issue of food security in the north-east is of major concern.

He said it was important that skills and tools were provided for people of the region to get back to their normal lives.

Burgeon noted that the FOA had empowered about 2,000 women and youth among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri.

The FOA director said the agency’s objective was to target about 1.9 million farmers across the state who lost their means of livelihood to the insurgency.

“The food security issue in the North-East and particularly Borno is of particular concern to us. No fewer than 3.6 million people are currently food insecure. Therefore, the mission of the FOA is to help the IDPs to kick-start their lives,” Burgeon said.

“We know that Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for them and some of them have not been able to farm for about three to four years, while some have lost all their agricultural assets to the strangulating insurgency.

“That is why it is key to provide them with the skills and tools to enable them to get back to their normal life. We are also looking at livestock and aperculture production knowing fully that it would be of nutritional value for them.”

On his part, Salisu Ngulde, the Borno state monitoring and evaluation officer for International fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), said the IDPs would be supported with 10 assorted seeds and 25 kilogramme of fertiliser.

“We are currently supporting them with 10 assorted seeds and 25 kilogramme of fertiliser in addition,” he said.

“They were divided into five sub-groups and each of them was given hand wash boreholes and water pumps.”

Over one million Nigerian school children fed by government daily – Osinbajo

The Federal Government has now released enough funds to start the delivery of one hot meal a day to more than one million primary school pupils across seven states in the country, under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

Mr. Osinbajo, speaking through his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said on Monday in a statement that a total sum of N844, 360, 550 has so far been released for the commencement of the programme in Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Zamfara as at the end of last week.

While funds have been released to the seven states to kick off the programme, not all of them have actually started the implementation as at press time, the statement said.

In the States of Anambra, Enugu, Osun, Ogun, and Oyo, the feeding has actually started, while it is expected to start this week in the two other states of Ebonyi and Zamfara, that have been funded already.

That means, the Buhari Presidency’s Homegrown School Feeding Programme would be feeding this week a total of 1, 043, 205 pupils in those seven states.

Equally a total number of 11,775 cooks have now been employed to prepare the meals in those states already, while local farmers in the states are also the one producing the food prepared and served.

Of all the States, Anambra, which was the first state to receive funding late last year has now received three full funding tranches covering 30 school days, totaling N188, 769,000. The state has a total of 937 cooks and feeding 96,489 pupils.

In Ebonyi, FG has also released a total of N115, 218, 600, while 1466 cooks have been engaged and 164, 598 pupils are to be fed.

Also in Enugu State, the government released N67,244, 800 to feed 96, 064 pupils and 1128 cooks engaged.

In Ogun State, it released N119, 648, 900 to feed 170, 927 pupils and engaged 1381 cooks, while in Osun a total of N92, 425, 400 have been released to feed 142, 193 pupils with 2688 cooks engaged.

For Oyo State, a total of N72, 288, 300 has been released by the FG to feed 103, 269 pupils, engaging 1437 cooks, while Zamfara received a total sum of N188, 765, 500 to feed 269, 665 pupils and engaged 2, 738 cooks, the statement said.

Army: We’ve addressed the complaints of soldiers begging Buhari for food, water.

The Nigerian army says the complaints raised by soldiers who released a video to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to their plight, have been resolved.

In the video, which was uploaded on Youtube on Tuesday, angry soldiers were seen lamenting that they had been abandoned at a location without food and water for three days.

One of the officers even said 70 of his colleagues fainted as a result of the situation.

But in a swift response, Sani Usman, army spokesman, said the issues raised had been addressed.

He said the video was shot when troops captured Alagarno forest in Borno state some six months ago, blaming some “mischievous elements” for the recent circulation.

“The attention of Nigerian army has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media of soldiers alleging lack of food and water,” he said in a statement.

“We wish to state that the video clip was shot more than six months ago by some mischievous and disgruntled elements when 29 task force brigade captured Alagarno Forest and environs in Borno state.

“It is disheartening that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.

“We wish to state further that the matter was conclusively investigated at the time, several months ago. The board of inquiry actually showed that, as at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it. That soldier was charged and punished accordingly.

“In addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities.

“We wish to restate with utmost concern the continued commitment of the Nigerian Army to the total welfare of all its personnel.”

Contractor, not NEMA culpable in diversion of food meant for IDPs – Senator

The Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, on Tuesday cleared the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, of complicity in the alleged diversion of relief materials meant for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the north-east.

Mr. Ndume told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Yola that the Senate could not find any evidence of diversion against the NEMA officials.

“No NEMA members of staff will be involved in diversion or stealing of any relief items meant for the IDPs,” Mr. Ndume said.

He said that the allegation of diversion of relief materials meant for the IDPs in Borno and Yobe was raised by him, adding that the contractor involved was the suspect.

The senate leader said that the contractor had been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for interrogation.

“I personally raised the allegation of the said diversion of the relief materials meant for our people (IDPs) living in various camps across the north-east region.

“What actually happened is that grains were ordered from strategic national grains reserves.

“It was awarded to a contractor to transport, but along the line, some got missing. The contractor is now before the EFCC,” he said.

Mr. Ndume, who visited some IDPs camps in Yola, said that strong commitment of the government was to shut the camps and return the IDPs back home.

He explained that all the IDPs camps visited were ready to be shut down as all people in various camps had shown enthusiasm to return to their homes.

Also, during the visit, Governor Muhammadu Jibrillah of Adamawa said he would join hands with the Borno and Yobe governments to evacuate the remaining IDPs back home.

Mr. Jibrillah said now that relative peace had returned to most areas, his government would support any move to evacuate the IDPs back home.

He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his concerted efforts in reconstructing those areas destroyed by the insurgents.

UN To Deliver Food, Nutrition Supports To Borno, Yobe

The United Nations said its agencies, the World Food Programme and UNICEF are increasing food and nutrition services to urgently reach 1.8 million people in Borno and Yobe States.

Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said at a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday that food insecurity had reached an extreme level in northeast.

“in Nigeria, our colleagues from the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are rolling out a rapid response mechanism to deliver food, health and nutrition services in difficult-to-reach areas in Borno and Yobe States,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the UN official as saying at the briefing.

“The two states are worst affected by hunger and malnutrition in northeastern Nigeria.

“This is part of WFP’s larger response plan – to gradually scale up to reach 1.8 million people with urgent food and nutrition support throughout 2017.”

According to him, food insecurity has reached an extreme level in parts of northeastern Nigeria, where 4.6 million people are going hungry.

“Without urgent support, hunger will only deepen.

“Since August, the number of people needing urgent food assistance has increased from about 1 million to 1.8 million in Borno and Yobe States,” he said.

Haq also said the Security Council was meeting on the cooperation between the UN and regional organisations, including the African Union.

“The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, Haile Menkerios, told the Council that the conflicts we face in Africa today have grown in scale and complexity,” he added.

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UN to deliver food, nutrition supports to Borno, Yobe

Man stabs father to death in Jigawa over delay to provide food.

The Jigawa State Police Command on Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man, Muhammad Adamu, who allegedly stabbed his father to death in Mairakumi village in Malammadori Local Government Area, LGA, of the state.

 

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Abu Jinjiri, who spoke on the incident, assured newsmen that the command would investigate the case.

 

The suspect, who is said to be a psychiatric patient, stabbed his 60-year-old father, Malam Adamu, while working on his farm after he was reportedly infuriated by the reluctance of the deceased to give him food.

 

The suspect swiftly attacked his father with a knife and inflicted fatal injury on him.

 

His father died from the wounds he sustained from the attack.

 

Meanwhile, DAILY POST gathered that the villagers had earlier rescued the deceased’s wife from her son when he made attempt on her life by attacking her with an axe.

 

The villagers had reported the case to the police, who arrested the suspect.

 

It was after his release that he attacked his father, leaving him dead.

Scandal Rocks IDP Camp as Female IDPs Offer Camp Officials Sex For Food

Given the living condition of Internally Displaced Person’s (IDPS’s) in the North East, there is an indication that about 66 percent of camp officials, 28 percent from host communities and 6 percent of elders are sexually molesting the vulnerable ones, a situational

Assessment survey on IDP’s in North-East conducted by NOI Polls has revealed.

NOIPolls, incorporated in 2007 has been in the forefront of championing public opinion research in Nigeria and across the West African sub-region in technical partnership with Gallup (USA).

Among startling revelations from the report is that some of the female IDPs voluntarily offer camp officials sex for food and for freedom of movement within and outside the camps just as others offer themselves for basic female sanitary requirements.

The major aim of the survey was to highlight the controversies surrounding the general welfare of IDP’s in the North-East. It was conducted between July 4th to July 29th, 2016 where a total of 400 contacts attempted the questions.

A breakdown of the report indicated that 190 respondents were drawn from Borno, 128 in Adamawa and 82 in Yobe states.

The respondents were aged between 18 years and above while the face-to-face survey technique enabled NOIPolls to capture the reality of the IDPs.

According to the findings, “Though the provision of firewood is the responsibility of local government areas and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) as stipulated in the Memorandum of

Understanding signed between federal government and state government, thousands of IDP’s including lactating mothers, children and elderly starve due to the absence of firewood.

The survey however revealed increase in social vices at the camps like drug abuse, consumption of illicit drugs, prostitution and petty crime as a result of the general poor welfare and deplorable living conditions of the IDPs.

“There are also rising cases of unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDs while some IDP’s had fallen prey to unscrupulous members of host communities who take advantage of their plight to force them into early marriages and even kidnap them for child labour”, the report added.

The report highlighted that 85 percent of IDPs in Adamawa and 84 percent in Yobe are facing incidences of discrimination compared to 76 percent in Borno which was linked to ethnic problems that had existed between the northern and southern Borno natives.

Presenting the survey, the Chief Executive Officer of NOIPolls, Dr Bell Ihua confirmed that only 10 to 20 percent of IDP’s lived in camps while 80 to 90 percent lived in host communities stressing that petty crimes and drug abuse were also on the increase at the camps.

Ihua regretted the rising cases of mortality, which he said that 88 percent IDP’s died on daily basis as was witnessed during the survey adding that there was a cholera outbreak in the camps.

He requested for unannounced presidential visit by Muhammadu Buhari to Maiduguri as a way of boosting the morals of security agencies fighting insurgency in the area even as he advocated for increased funding for the IDP’s.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Civil Society Organisation Network, Borno state, Amb Ahmed Shehu expressed worry over the increasing cases of prostitution at the camps which may result to HIV/ AIDS and other infectious diseases.

“In camps and host communities, women need cash-based assistance to establish livelihoods such as tailoring, processing and selling flour or groundnut oil, milk and among others”, he said.

On his part, the Director of Forefront Media, Mr Mohammed Alfa who is a native of Gwoza called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) to visit Borno state and access the financial impropriety of Borno government towards the starving IDP’s

Six die of Cholera after eating Abacha in Lagos

Six persons have died of cholera in Isolo Local Council of Lagos State after allegedly eating Abacha, a local delicacy.

Commonly called African salad, Abacha, is a delicious Nigerian meal that is native to Igbos. It is prepared from dried, shredded and fermented cassava, leaves of garden egg, stockfish, castor bean, palm oil and local spices.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, confirmed the deaths yesterday at a press conference.

Idris told journalists: “The ministry was notified of an upsurge of diarhhoea diseases in some communities in Isolo Local Council Development Authority (LCDA).

“Following this, 45 cases were line-listed by the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry. Six deaths were recorded among the 45 cases. Majority of the cases did not present with the classical rice-water stool, rather they presented with atypical diarrhoea and vomiting.

“Ano-rectal swabs were collected from 15 cases and taken to the Central Public Health Laboratory, Yaba, Lagos. Initially, there were no growths, however, continuous culture yielded Vibro cholerae from seven out of the 15 samples. The Vibrio cholera was later confirmed to be Ogawa strain.

“The main suspected source of infection is the salad called Abacha, a staple food of Isolo residents and adjoining local councils. Some domestic wells within the communities are also suspected. Samples of the Abacha salad and well water were collected and sent to the Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory for analysis.

“The report of the analysis revealed the presence of Vibrio cholerae, Salmonella species and Escherichia coli in abacha and one of the two well water samples,” he said.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cholera is an acute diarrhoea disease with or without vomiting caused by bacteria referred to as Vibro cholerae and it is transmitted through ingestion of food or water contaminated with infective faeces.

Food or water contamination is usually due to poor sanitation and the source of contamination is usually other cholera cases when their infective watery stool gets into food or drinking water supplies.

Prevention of cholera can be achieved through basic water sanitation, such as boiling water of unclean sources. Cholera can kill within hours if left untreated.

The commissioner, however, said the state has instituted measures towards quick containment and control of the outbreak.

Idris explained: “Our health workers are in the community striving assiduously towards quick containment and control of spread of the disease. Chlorination of water supply has been intensified, awareness campaign is on-going and cases are been promptly diagnosed and appropriately managed in our hospitals.”

Other prevention and control measures instituted by the state government include: Identifying the three vendors of contaminated Abacha at Cele Bus Stop; ban on sale and caution in eating of Abacha when not prepared by you; and distributing factsheets on cholera to the Medical Directors of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and 26 General Hospitals in Lagos State and Medical Officers in all the 57 LGAs/LCDAs for circulation to all health workers in their facilities.

The commissioner advised the general public to take the following precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease: Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly especially after using the rest room; boil water before drinking, especially if you are not sure of the source; keep all cooking utensils, plates, cutleries, cups and other materials clean before and after use.

Others are cover foods and water sources; cook foods adequately; store foods in fridges; wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly; dispose of waste materials appropriately; and limit body contact, especially hand contact with faeces.

UNICEF Raises Fresh Concern Over Malnutrition In South West

The united Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has raised fresh concerns over the rising cases of malnutrition in the South West geo-political zone of the country, attributing it to poor Exclusive Breast Feeding (EBF).

According to UNICEF Communications Specialist, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, the belief that malnutrition is most pronounced in the northern part of the country was nothing but misleading. He stated this yesterday in Ibadan, Oyo State at the opening of a two-day media dialogue on child malnutrition titled: “Good nutrition, invest more.”

Njoku, quoting a 2013 survey, declared that the South West has 22 per cent stunted children under the age of five, saying malnutrition is a national problem, which requires urgent intervention.The UNICEF official who narrated his Owerri hometown experience in Imo State revealed that 13 per cent of children born to rich families also suffer malnutrition.

The Communications Officer of UNICEF, Mrs. Blessing Ejiofor, said the Media Coalition Against Malnutrition (MECHAM) is driven to create opportunities for media advocacy on child nutrition through sensitisation.

“It also provides media partners with the knowledge and materials to support advocacy for child nutrition and acquaint the media the situation in Nigeria with particular reference to child malnutrition,” she said.

A resource person from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Mrs. Ogunbunmi Omotayo noted that, “Nigeria has the highest number of stunted children under age five in sub-Saharan Africa and second highest in the world with 37 percent of all children stunted, 18 percent wasting and 29 per cent underweight.”

She explained further that infant mortality rate is 69/100 live births and children under five years have 128/1,000 live births, while only 17 per cent are exclusively breast-fed.

Nutrition Specialist, Mrs. Ada Ezeogu lamented that the Nigeria Nutrition Indices (2013) disclosed that only 17 per cent of Nigerians engage in exclusive breast feeding, which is far below the 50 per cent international standard.

Ezeogu affirmed that malnutrition is not all about food but inadequate care, knowledge, food insecurity, unsanitary environment and other factors, which are highly manifest in the six states of the South West.

Prices Of Rice, Corn, Other Food stuff Crash

PM News is reporting that the prices of food items have crashed in Hadejia, Jigawa state.

Quoting News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), PM News reports that the crash in food price is as a result of ‘a significant increase in the supply of agricultural produce to the market’.

According to investigations by NAN on Tuesday at Hadejia market, food prices were down by about 30 percent. Now, a bag of millet goes for N14, 000 as against N18, 000 while a bag of paddy rice went for N8, 500 as against its previous price of N11, 000.

Maize and sorghum were sold at N11, 000 and N13, 000 down from their old prices of N15, 000 and N17, 000, respectively.

PM News quotes NAN as saying that its investigation showed that the crash was necessitated by the harvesting of food crops and the corresponding increase in the supply of food items in the market.

It also also reports that farmers recorded high yields due to appreciable rainfall and good weather condition recorded this cropping season.

Traders, who spoke with NAN at the market, attributed the drop in prices of food items in the state to increase the supply of fresh produce from the farms while a grain dealer, Alhaji Kassim Adamu expressed confidence that prices would further go down because of the harvest by farmers.

“The supply keeps moving up and it will push prices further down,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Nigeria in talks with the Chinese import-export bank China Exim Bank for a $21 billion loan to finance its 2016 budget and develop new infrastructure projects to boost the ailing economy.

This was announced by the minister of budget and national planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma following his visit to China in July and President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to China in April.

NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians Of Fake Alcohol In Circulation

The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of fake alcoholic drinks, especially dry gin in circulation. Disclosing this today, the NAFDAC Director of Special Duties, Abubakar Jimoh, said consumers of alcoholic beverages should be wary of purchasing and consuming the fake products.

According to Jimoh, drinking alcohol is bad enough but the danger of taking fake alcohol can only be
imagined.

800 Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents Receive Food From NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency has presented food and non-food items to the military for Operation Safe Corridor Programme meant to de-radicalise, rehabilitate and re-integrate 800 repentant Boko Haram insurgents.

According to the agency, the gesture was to fast track peace process in the North East.

The Director-General of NEMA, Mr. Sani Sidi, who presented the items in Gombe State, said the agency would continue to play its role in the programme by providing regular support of food and non-food items for the upkeep of the ex-terrorists.

Sidi, in a statement issued by the Media and Public Relations Officer of NEMA, Sani Datti, in Abuja on Tuesday, said, “The initiative, which is in line with international best practices allowed those engaged in the fighting to voluntarily surrender and embrace peace so that they can undergo rehabilitation.”

He stated that items to be released for this purpose every three months include 410 bags of rice, 400 bags of beans, 200 bags of millet, 200 bags of sorghum, 750 cartons of spaghetti, 50 cartons of Maggi cubes and 810 cartons tomato paste.

Others are 101 vegetable oil in 20 litre kegs, 101 palm oil in 20 litre kegs, 50 bags of salt, 100 bags of sugar, 420 cartons of milk and 420 cartons of milo chocolate.

The non-food items include 800 pieces of mattress, 500 hundred pieces of blanket, 500 pieces of nylon mats, 1000 plastic buckets, 1000 plastic spoons, 1000 plastic cups, 1000 plastic plates, 1000 plastic pairs of slippers, 2000 men’s wear, 63 cartons of bath soap and 1000 bath towels.

Receiving the items, the Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, Brigadier-General, Bamidele Shafa, said the initiative was designed to de-radicalise, rehabilitate and re-integrate willing and repented Boko Haram insurgents who had come out to surrender to the military and believing that it would quicken the peace process in the North East.

“Between September last year and February this year a good number of Boko haram insurgents have come out to surrender,” he added.

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Food, Energy Prices, Imported Items Push Inflation Further To 16.5%

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, rose by 0.9 percent to 16.5 per cent in June compared to 15.6 percent in May, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

This is the fifth consecutive month that the headline index would increase relatively strong.

The increase in the month under review was attributed to energy prices, imported items and related products which continued to be persistent drivers of the core sub-index.

According to the CPI figures for June, which was released on Monday by the statistical agency,  the highest price increases were noticed in the electricity, liquid fuel (kerosene), furniture and furnishings, passenger transport by road, and fuels and lubricants for personal transport equipment.

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Flood kills 30, destroys properties, food, in Anambra, Zamfara states

No fewer than 30 people have been killed in Anambra and Zamfara states, following a heavy downpour on Saturday that led to flooding.

According to reports, the rain also washed away over 400 houses and over 2,000 people have reportedly been rendered homeless.

According to eyewitnesses, some of the dead were trapped in their rooms, while sleeping, as the rain started late at night. Many of the victims are believed to be women and children.

In Zamfara, twenty four people reportedly died following the downpour that lasted for over seven hours. Property worth millions of naira were destroyed, including food items and domestic animals.

The areas mostly affected were Birnin Ruwa, Sabon Fegi, Filin Gunza and Tudun Wada and there was also flooding in Sabon Gari, Hayin Danhausa, Tudun Kosau and Hayin Malam Sani.

Meanwhile, in Anambra, six roadside traders were feared dead as they fell into a drain and were swept away by flood during the downpour.

Reports reveal that the incident occurred at about 7p.m on Saturday at the foot of Upper Iweka Flyover Bridge by Ezeiweka Road Junction, along Onitsha-Owerri Road, Onitsha, Anambra State.

The traders were carrying out their businesses on planks laid across the Sakamori gutter, when the planks suddenly broke and they fell in.

Passers-by, who witnessed the incident, cried helplessly as no one dared jump into the rampaging flood. The bodies of traders, as reports say, have not been recovered and no one could establish their identities.

Most of the victims of the flood are now taking refuge at different government quarters.

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Evron Food Store Launches Nigeria’s “Fastest Delivery” Online Food Store

Evron Food Store (www.evronfoodstore.com) is set to reinvent the online food shopping experience for Nigerians with the launch of its online food store that guarantees deliveries of goods within three (3) hours of order placement and checkout.
This online food market offers a wide variety of food products and farm crops using a highly interactive and innovative platform that allows customers to shop for almost any food item you can think of in the food store. A customer can simply click on the ‘Afang Soup Bundle’ and all the ingredients for Afang soup will be selected, packaged and dispatched immediately upon checkout.
“At Evron Food Store, we are committed to creating a vibrant, convenient way for people to buy food produce online and increasingly turn this into a delightful and more satisfying experience for the customer,” says Ijeoma Olujekun, Brand Manager – Evron Food Store.
Evron Food Store understands the need for Nigerians to purchase food quickly and conveniently, and has sought to simplify the process of buying food by making it just a click away.
In addition to the online platform, Evron Food Store aims to take leadership role in the area of paying attention to the way food is handled and preserved from the farm to the point of delivery to the customer. This is in turn, will have a positive effect on the restoration of life’s value and meaning as regards the health of families and the health of Nigerians.
“We are passionate about great tasting food in its purest state. That is why our quality standards for food prohibit leafy vegetables grown with chemical fertilizers. We base our decisions not just on food chemistry, but also on ideology, philosophy, proper labelling, and a critical evaluation of the promise we’ve made to our customers, which is Freshness, always.
We take our responsibility seriously, knowing that our standards not only determine what goes on our shelves, but they also influence the way that food is grown and processed,” Funmi Farotimi, Managing Director – Evron Food Store.
Shopping via the Evron Food Store guarantees that valuable time that could be spent bonding with family members, or simply resting after a hectic week, is duly enjoyed. No more need to endure the rigour of navigating dozens of stores at the conventional open market, or hours of traffic on your way home.
As part of its launch, Evron Food Store has also announced its #MyFirstOrder Campaign. Customers can simply take a picture of their delivered food items, share, mention and follow @evronfoodstore on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #My1stOrder #MarketCameHome for a chance to win a FREE shopping voucher.
Evron Food Store also has a physical walk-in store/office open to customers situated in Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos.

Putin Extends Western Food Ban For One Year

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended a ban against most Western food imports for a year after EU foreign ministers agreed to prolong sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict until January 2016.

“The government turned to me with an appeal to extend the measures,” Putin told a government meeting.

“In accordance with this letter today I signed a decree to extend certain special economic measures with a view to ensuring Russia’s security,” he said in comments released by the Kremlin.

“We are extending our retaliatory measures by one year beginning from today.”

Russia had been expected to prolong the ban for six months after EU foreign ministers formally agreed Monday to prolong damaging economic sanctions against Russia until January 2016, to ensure it fully implements Ukraine peace accords.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said he would ask Putin to extend the embargo on Western food imports as well as sanctions targeting certain foreign trade transactions by another six months.

Officials led by Putin have previously said the sanctions have proved a boon for Russian domestic industries and have helped boost Russian agriculture.

Moscow has said the EU decision to announce the extension of the anti-Russian sanctions on June 22 — the day Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union in 1941 and is now the official Day of Remembrance and Sorrow in the country — reeked of cynicism.

Brussels has hit Russia’s banking, oil and defence sectors hard and, along with the United States, it has warned more sanctions could follow unless Moscow lives up to its February commitments to withdraw support for the rebels and use its influence with them to implement the peace deal for Ukraine.

Russia retaliated with the embargo on most Western food imports last year.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and Kiev has killed over 6,500 people in the past 15 months. Moscow denies sending troops to Ukraine and says any Russians fighting there are volunteers.

Guests Panic, As 10 Die After Meal At Katsina Wedding

There was confusion yesterday at Nadangoro area of Katsina metropolis as no fewer than 10 persons were feared dead and many others hospitalised after a wedding meal.

The incident, Vanguard learned, is already causing panic among residents of the area, as most of the guests, who ate or drank anything at the ceremony, are being contacted by friends.
They are all now undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the town. It was learned that most of the affected victims had complained of stomach ache shortly after leaving the ceremony, while some died hours after being admitted in the hospitals.

A staff of Federal Medical Centre, who pleaded anonymity, said the hospital had received a number of cases relating to the incident.

“I think, from the information gathered so far, the case of some of the victims has to do with food poisoning,” the staff said.

Hike In Price Of Food, Transportation As Fuel Scarcity Spreads In NIgeria

Residents in most Nigerian states are facing hard times, as the scarcity of fuel has triggered hike in the price of food commodities and transport fare.

In Kaduna State, service stations are currently selling fuel between 130 and 150 Naira per litre.

The development has brought untold hardship to residents who are now appealing to the relevant authorities to address the problem.

In Lagos State, a litre of petrol sells for over 300 Naira, leading to huge hike in the price of food items. Transport fare has doubled or trippled in some cases. In some areas of the Lagos State, the amount the commuter pays depends on his bargaining power.

The price of food items has doubled, with sellers willing to see their perishable items lose value than to sell at the old price.

In Lokoja, Kogi State capital, few service stations sell the product between 120 to 150 Naira.

One of the service stations at Nataco that had fuel sell for 130 Naira per liter. Commercial buses that must refuel in the state, had no choice but to buy.

Professor James Adeosun told Channels Television that the high level of corruption in the oil and gas sector led to the difficulties that Nigerians were facing.

In different states, most commercial vehicle owners now patronise the black market, as it has become difficult to get the product at service stations.

The fuel scarcity in the oil-rich nation has lingered for about four months now, with residents experiencing the worst moments. There is no end in sight of the problem, as most service stations are shut.

Motorists and those who do their daily business with petrol complain of spending their fortunes to get the product officially put at 87 Naira per litre.

The black marketers, who had stored the product and are now selling, are ripping off residents by selling at high prices. Some residents have resorted to buying the  product for their daily activities in spite of its exorbitant rate.

The scarcity had been linked to the demand by petroleum marketers for full payment of their outstanding subsidy owed by the Nigerian government.

Fuel marketers are insisting that they will not lift petroleum products except the Federal Government pays them their balance.

But one of them, Capital Oil, is defying the directive, pushing out 15 million litres. If the company sustained supplies, in the next nine days, 135 million litres would be available for consumers.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is also discharging 36 million litres currently, as the corporation attempts to cushion the effect of the scarcity on Nigerians.

BUSTED!!! Boko Haram Food, Fuel Supplier Nabbed

The Nigerian military said it has arrested a man who specialises in supplying food and fuel to Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. The culprit, the military said, was arrested Sunday morning in Daban Shata, in the suburbs of Baga, Borno State’s third largest community.

The Defence Headquarters spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, in a statement said the supplier, wanted by the military, was eventually nabbed in the early hours of Sunday morning. He said the culprit is currently undergoing interrogation as the military continues its offensive against the insurgents in the north-eastern part of the country.

The arrest and interrogation may lead to answers to questions that have been asked on how the insurgents were able to fuel their convoy of vehicles and motorcycles with which they carried out their attacks in the past years.

The spokesperson also said 260 women and children were rescued in the outskirts of Chalawa village in Adamawa State. These are separate from the 275 women and children rescued by soldiers from Sambisa forest in Borno who were earlier handed over to the emergency agency, NEMA.

Mr. Olukolade said the 260 rescued were held up while trying to escape from the terrorists. He said soldiers took them back to their various communities in Madagali following normal security profiling.

“Some of them disclosed that they had to abandon their homes to escape from the terrorists when Madagali came under their attack, while others were actually abducted and taken there,” Mr. Olukolade said.

The Major General said some terrorists were killed in an encounter with troops who caught up with them as they fled prior to the recovery of the women and children. Some of the terrorists, however, escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds. Others who were captured are now being interrogated by intelligence officers.

Mr. Olukolade added that a machine gun, some rounds of ammunition, and some motorcycles and bicycles were also captured from the terrorists. A member of the vigilante group serving as guide to the troops was, however, wounded. He said operations in Sambisa forest are continuing.

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Nigerian Army Detains Policemen Without Food For Refusing To Wear Military Uniforms

Ten counter-terrorism police officers attached to the Nigeria army peacekeeping forward operation base in Abuja are currently unlawfully detained at a military barrack in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

The personnel were locked up since Tuesday without food and medical care for refusing to wear military fatigues for an operation they feared could be illegal.

According to the detainees, they were detained on the instruction of a Colonel Kalejaye, head of the army forward operation base, because they refused his directive to “impersonate” soldiers by wearing their uniforms for a training in Kaduna State.

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Thousands Break Ebola Quarantine to Find Food

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.

Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes.

The government, with help from the U.N.’s World Food Program, is tasked with delivering food and other services to those people. But there are many “nooks and crannies” in the country that are being missed, Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s Sierra Leone representative, said Tuesday.

While public health authorities have said heavy restrictions may be necessary to bring under control an Ebola outbreak unlike any other, the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella organization for aid organizations, warned on Monday that they were cutting off food to thousands of people.

“The quarantine of Kenema, the third largest town in Sierra Leone, is having a devastating impact on trade — travel is restricted so trucks carrying food cannot freely drive around,” the committee said in a statement. “Food is becoming scarce, which has led to prices increasing beyond the reach of ordinary people.”

Because services are not reaching them, people who are being monitored for signs of Ebola — and should be staying at home — are venturing out to markets to look for food, potentially contaminating many others, said Kamara of Christian Aid.

Did You Know Photography Could Be Edible?

Do you ever have those moments when you can’t stop thinking about food? Well, I experience that everyday of my life, but this time is different. I literally cannot stop thinking about food and I don’t know why 🙁

In order to satisfy my cravings, I went a-fishing for some lovely, mouth-watering photos I have taken. If you follow my postings, you’d remember that I was talking about getting into food photography.

I found some of my ‘introduction to photography’ pictures, which, by the way, made my mouth water. So I thought, “only fair you guys got hungry, too.”

Enjoy!

Shortbread

Red velvet cupcake

Red velvet cupcake mix

Red velvet cupcake mix

London 2012 Cupcakes

Fish and Chips

Jerk Chicken Burger

Jerk Chips

Marble cake covered in white chocolate cigarillos, topped with strawberries and raspberries.

Christmas Dinner

Donuts

Red Velvet Cupcakes for Christmas

Cookies

Cookies with cherries on top.

Chocolate Chip Bagels

Bagels topped with oats.

Culinary Art

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love food. I even have a nickname because of my love for food, but I won’t tell you guys what it is. It’s rather embarrassing; but far be it from me to stop loving food because of it.

Growing up, I’ve always been surrounded by food because my mum runs a culinary company right from our house in Lagos, Nigeria. The bakery forms part of the house, and she loves cooking. She loves cooking so much; I think the cooking genes were dominant enough to present themselves in some of her children.

Yes, you guessed right. I’m not the best cook in the world. Heck, I rarely throw it down in the kitchen, but I’m glad to let you know that it did not affect my ability to capture food through my lens. I’ve always been of the opinion that the best way to enjoy photography is to try something you’ve never done before – get out of your comfort zone! I used to hate going out, but then I realised how much beauty you can find in the world if you just look in the right places, in the right state of mind. So, now, I try my best to get out of the house at least twice a week with my camera hanging from my neck. Anyway, I digress.

Food photography never quite struck me as something I would invest a significant amount of time in, but the more my mum cooked and asked me to capture her food, the more I enjoyed it. So we had a barbeque in my house last week and my mum went all out with the cooking. But guess what? So did I, with my photographing, ha!

I thoroughly enjoyed taking these pictures and editing them, so it is my pleasure to present them to you, hoping you enjoy looking at them, and enjoy just how beautiful the art of culinary can be. But, more importantly, I hope this inspires an appreciation of GOOD food in you.

 

I’ll end this post with a picture of my sister, Lola. I know this post is about food, but she’s quite yummy, so it’s all well and good.

She’s beautiful, isn’t she? I want to be like her when I grow up.