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SON raids market, seals off warehouse, shop in Kano




By Muhammad Annur

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Thursday raided Yankura Market in Kano and sealed off shop and a warehouse where new and branded fertiliser bags with SON certification logo were being sold.

The acting state coordinator of SON, Mr. Murtala Sa’ad , who led the exercise, said the raid was done to rid the state and the nation of fake and substandard products that could be harmful to human lives.

Sa’ad said that the raid was a follow up of the compliance exercise conducted in the fertilizer market two months ago.


He promised to make the exercise a regular one so as to stop persons selling fake products from circulating them.

He further explained that the market shop and warehouse had brand new fertiliser bags with SON certification logo which he said could be probably used for re-bagging of adulterated fertilisers.


According to him, 15,106 customised brands of Indorama fertiliser company bags and packaging materials where discovered and quarantined.

The acting state coordinator said that the organisation was particularly worried about the presence of fake and adulterated fertilisers in Kano markets.

Sa’ad further added that SON had engaged stakeholders in an effort to curb the menace of fake fertiliser in Kano markets.

He reaffirmed the commitment of Director General of the organisation, Malam Faruk Salim, to rid the Nigerian market of fake and substandard products in view of the negative health implications and other effects.

Sa’ad further restated the organizations commitment under the stewardship of Mr. salim on stepping up its crackdown on manufacturers and importers of substandard and adulterated products in the country for the overall interest of Nigerians’ wellness and wellbeing.


Some dealers and distributors of fertilizer, who spoke to our correspondent appreciated the objectives and role of SON in ensuring products manufactured in Nigeria compete in quality with best brands anywhere in the world.

They also promised to cooperate and share intelligence with the organisation in order to rid the market of substandard fertilisers.

They also commended the efforts of the director-general of SON and the compliance team in their resolve toward ensuring that manufacturers adopted best practices.

NIGERIAN TRACKER reports that the exercise caught dealers of new and branded bags with SON certification logo unawares.

The officials of SON were accompanied by NSCDC personnel to seal off the shop and warehouse.


Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic




Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.


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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso



President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro



Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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