BREAKING: Popular Nigerian Senator Is Dead—The Genius Media Nigeria gathered that Senator Dr Olabode Olowoporoku a political petrel from Ekiti State in Nigeria is dead.
The announcement of his passing away during a brief illness came through a press statement from his family.
Dr (Sen) Bode Olowoporoku passed away at the age of 84.
A statement signed by Ayodeji Olowoporoku on behalf of the family reads:
“We regret to announce the passage to eternity of our dear husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Dr Olabode Olowoporoku, who peacefully passed away at his residence on March 24, 2021 after a brief illness. Dr Olowoporoku was born in Ilawe-Ekiti, Ekiti State in 1945 to the family of Mr Josiah Olowoporoku and Mrs Otutu Jolade of Irorin quarters.
“He attended the then University of Ife for his first degree in Economics and won a scholarship by Ford Foundation to undertake a postgraduate study at University of Manchester where he bagged his Masters’ degree in Economics in 1972. He later got his doctorate degree in Development Economics at the University in 1975.
“He began his illustrious academic career as a lecturer at the University of Ife, where he built a reputation of high-level intellectual profile and scholastic erudition. He was a thorough-bred scholar-politician who was part of the conclave of the intelligentsia that gave the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN its ideological foundation and policy direction.
“As a young man, his passion was to offer selfless service to his immediate community and motherland. He served exceptionally as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Statistics in Ondo State in 1979 and supervised the creation of most of the industries and commercial investment that the Ajasin administration was reputed for.
“He was consumed with the idea of Ekiti emancipation and development, and so had to painfully part way with the UPN in 1981 because of what he and other Ekiti compatriots who served in the Government of Chief Adekunle Ajasin as governor of Ondo State perceived as injustice to and marginalisation of Ekiti people then.
He later politically aligned with the National Party of Nigeria, NPN and was appointed Federal Minister of Science and Technology under the Shagari regime before the military took over government in 1983.
“The was at the forefront in the agitation for the creation of ekiti state, providing extensive funding, and also playing a prominent role working with the council of ekiti obas and the committee for the creation of ekiti state, and utilized his robust network through his close friends olusola saraki and adamu ciroma to meet the late abacha for the creation of ekiti state.
He served as Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District between 2003-2007. Due to his love for Ekiti State and its people, he offered to serve as the Governor of Ekiti State on three occasions but as fate would have it, he was not elected.
He was a nationalist, a proud Ekiti elder statesman and philanthropist. We will miss him dearly for his irreplaceable role as a caring father.
Announcements about his burial ceremony will be made in due course.
BREAKING: Central Bank Includes Sugar And Wheat On FX Restriction List
BREAKING: Central Bank Includes Sugar And Wheat On FX Restriction List—The Genius Media nigeria reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria has announced plans to place sugar and wheat on its FX restriction list.
This reliable platform gathered this information via the Apex bank verified Twitter handle in a statement credited to the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele.
The tweet stated: “Sugar and Wheat to go into our FX restriction list. We must work together to produce these items in Nigeria rather than import them. #Emefiele.”
Sugar and Wheat to go into our FX restriction list. We must work together to produce these items in Nigeria rather than import them . #Emefiele
— Central Bank of Nigeria (@cenbank) April 16, 2021
The CBN governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, had earlier (on Thursday) given this hint while on an inspection visit to the proposed $500 million sugar processing facility in Nasarawa state, belonging to Dangote Sugar.
In 2015, the CBN listed 41 items that had been placed on its FX restriction list citing that the move was necessary to conserve the nation’s foreign reserve and boost local production of the items on the restriction list.
Some of the items which made the 2015 list are margarine, poultry and eggs, rice, and cement.
In 2020, the apex bank included maize in its FX restriction list.
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And the return leg at the Etihad is scheduled for Tuesday 4 May at 20:00 (BST).
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BREAKING: South Africa And America Suspends Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Nigerians Are Demanding
The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said six cases in 6.8 million doses had been reported and it was acting “out of an abundance of caution”.
Following the news, South Africa, the first country to use the jab, said it would suspend its rollout.
Johnson & Johnson said it would also delay its vaccine drive in Europe.
The US move follows similar rare cases in the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has prompted some curbs in its use.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the top Covid adviser in the US, said it was too early to comment on whether the vaccine could have its authorisation revoked.
The US has by far the most confirmed cases of Covid-19 – more than 31 million – with more than 562,000 deaths, another world high.
The picture for the virus there is complicated, though, with some areas in the north seeing surges in infections, the south less, and with the figures not always reflecting inoculation numbers.
The Johnson & Johnson jab was approved in the US on 27 February and its use has been more limited so far than that of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna doses.
Nevertheless, the government had hoped for hundreds of thousands of vaccinations of the jab every week. Unlike some of the other vaccines, it is dispensed as a single shot and is stored at common refrigerator temperatures, making it easier to distribute.
In South Africa, studies showed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had a higher protection rate against the South African variant than other jabs, and since mid-February, nearly 300,000 healthcare workers have received it.
There have been no cases of blood clotting in South Africa, but as a precaution, the rollout has been temporarily suspended there, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed. The country has secured an additional 10 million Pfizer vaccines, he added.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also known as the Janssen vaccine, named after the Belgian company that makes it.
The jab was approved by the European Union last month, and this week the first doses started arriving in the bloc. In a statement, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it is continuing with a safety review that began last week, but said there is no clear link between the vaccine and the blood clots.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is yet to be approved in the UK, although 30 million doses are on pre-order. The Department of Health said the rollout delay would not affect vaccine supplies in the UK, or derail the aim to offer a jab to all adults by the end of July.
What is the recommendation in the US?
In a joint statement, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they were “reviewing data involving six reported US cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine”.
It said the clotting was called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).
The statement said that this type of blood clot needed a different treatment than usual.
The common treatment – an anticoagulant drug called heparin – “may be dangerous”, it said.
Pending a further review, the FDA and CDC recommended “a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution”.
This was to “ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events”.
All six cases were in women aged between 18 and 48, with symptoms appearing six to 13 days after vaccination.
One patient died from blood clotting complications, while another is in a critical condition, the FDA’s Peter Marks confirmed.
He added it was “plainly obvious” there were similarities with the rare blood clots experienced by a small number of people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The joint statement said that “people who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider”.
The US government is now likely to pause the use of the vaccine in all federally run vaccination sites, and to expect state sites to do the same.
Johnson & Johnson statement
Johnson & Johnson, a US health care company, issued a statement saying that safety was its “number one priority” and that it shared “all adverse event reports” with the health authorities.
It added: “We are aware that thromboembolic events including those with thrombocytopenia have been reported with Covid-19 vaccines. At present, no clear causal relationship has been established between these rare events and the Janssen (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine.”
It also said that it had been reviewing cases with European health authorities.
“We have made the decision to proactively delay the rollout of our vaccine in Europe,” it said.
Cautious approach for the incredibly rare
The US health protection agency has identified a very small number of the same rare form of blood clots seen in people given the AstraZeneca jab.
Governments around the world have cautiously begun to link these rare blood clotting incidents to the vaccine because of their unusual presentation – though this link hasn’t been definitively proven.
People suffering them had very low platelet counts – blood cells that normally help repair damage in the body.
The Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines work in very similar ways. so in some respects it’s not surprising they may cause similar side effects. And these appear to be comparably rare
The numbers we’re talking about are so low that it’s difficult to say confidently what the risk of fatal blood clots is, but for the AstraZeneca jab it has been estimated at one-in-a-million. There have been six cases out of 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson jab.
In contrast, Covid kills one in 1,000 infected in their 40s among those who develop symptoms (and this risk is much higher among older people).
Once you get into the youngest age groups, who are less likely to die from Covid, that risk calculus shifts, particularly when there aren’t too many infections in circulation.
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