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Health / Re: The Death Of Traditional Herbal Medicine In Nigeria by dustydee: 2:48pm On Jan 06
1. In reality, western medicines has done a lot of good, especially to us Africans but it's not enough to totally discard our traditional medicine.

2. Part of my aim for this thread is to highlight how our pharmacists and pharmacologists are being useless as well as the university that produces them.

3. I read an article about the guy that invented alabukun, that pain killer, yea, y'all know it. it's made from herb extracts and it works. So, my rants below is partly as a result of that article and ofcourse the recession.

If there was something I never took as a child, it was the white man's medicine.
I remember following my mum to an old woman's little wooden shop to get some herbs and barks when anyone of us got sick. After my mum would list out the symptoms to her, the old woman would smile and gather some herbs, or seeds, barks, hand it over to my mum with some instructions on how to brew it and the dosage. My mum would do as instructed and within a few days, the sickness is gone. She always had a tomtom handy to gift me with whenever I finished my dosage.
The old woman always complained about not having anyone committed who would learn from her.

What we see around today that is been paraded as herbal medicine is a mediocre to what it really is.(I mean, those bottled herbal gin) So it's important everyone understands that when we make reference to herbal medicines we are not talking about the bottled 'bitters' mixed with alcohol and packed in unappealing bottles. We are not talking about the ones hawked at the bus stops in various colours in transparent plastic bottles.
We are talking about the ones our ancestors had and passed on to our parents.

Why then have we dumped it totally for a white man's medicine? That's treating your diabetes problem and probably breeding the ground for another bigger disease?

Why do we import malaria medicines from India when we have thousands of pharmacy/pharmacology graduates in the country who can learn from this native herbs, modernise it and do what they were trained to do?

And errm, the old woman I mentioned earlier is dead, and her vast knowledge of herbs, died with her.


Good article. I currently live in the west and I have seen that there are treatments that we have back home that the west does not know. I discussed with my mum about acquiring knowledge of some of these traditional medicines. I also mentioned some plants that we had in our garden and she told me the uses of those plants including bitter leaf. I used to think bitter leaf was only used for cough but now I know it has other uses. I will like to learn more about plants in the wild and probably develop them for commercial use.
Travel / Re: Northern Agenda And Why Abuja Airport Should Be Shut Down by dustydee: 12:29pm On Jan 06
Reasons why we are shutting down Abuja Airport: The reason we chose to close down Abuja airport for 2months to use Kaduna Airport as alternative

Federal Government of Nigeria On January 6, 2017 as at 12:50 The Federal Government of Nigeria just yesterday January 6/2017 came up with their own style of excuse why they are not using the three closest airport close to Abuja saying that the three airports very close as a matter of fact it’s just a stone throw from Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, do not meet the criteria and standard set for alternative airports to Abuja. This however, didn’t ground well to the understanding of the stakeholders in aviation industry, who expressed fowl play on the alternative airport and the total closure of the Abuja Airport from March 8 to April 19, 2017 saying it’s on heard of.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, during a stakeholders forum in Abuja, yesterday January 6/2017, said three other airports close to Abuja the Federal Capital of Nigeria which are Minna Airport in Niger State, Jos Airport and Ilorin Airport in Kwara state did not pass the criteria set by the Federal Government as alternative airports. The minister, while explaining the criteria used in making Kaduna Airport the choice airport just to convince the stakeholders, said:

“Niger and Kwara states are probably thinking they are better alternatives, they are very good alternatives for sure but unfortunately, there are quite a number of criteria we looked at which the other airports did not meet before we chose Kaduna. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. “The three are good airports close to Abuja but they simply did not meet with the criteria we used. Minna, Ilorin and even Jos airport as well.”

The Minister while stating what necessitated the rehabilitation of Abuja airport runway, He recalled that the Abuja airport runway was constructed in 1982, adding that it has been over used and that the designed life span has been worn out by 14 years, leading to distressed and failed portions of the runaway. Giving stories of past experiences of airlines on the Abuja runway, saying:

“On December 4, 2013, a Saudi Arabian cargo plane damaged its landing gear in a major incident at the Abuja airport runway, which led to the closure of the airport for several hours, from the night of December 4 to the evening of the following day. “In August 2016, there was also another major incident involving South Africa Airways flight that got damaged when it landed on the same Abuja airport runway. “Just last year, Emirates aircraft was also damaged when it landed on the same runway and it was one of the reasons the airline gave for stopping operations to Abuja airport, while other international airlines were considering pulling out of Abuja airport like the Kenya Airways because of the dangerous runway and multiple incidences of landing gear damages that had been reported by operators of private jets caused by the poor condition of the Abuja runway. “This administration with safety and security as its priority, has decided to face the problem head on. The cooperation of all stakeholders is, therefore, required to enable us go through this transition period with minimal discomfort.”

On the path of Stakeholders the closure of the international airport to that of Kaduna is not ideal, the stake holders Expressing their grievances about the decision of the Federal Government, stakeholders like the (AON )Aviation Operators of Nigeria, (NANTA )Nigerian Association of Travel Agencies, International Airline Operators, IAO; embassies in Abuja, among others did not see any concrete reason behind the choice of Kaduna to other close airport to the Federal capital and the total closure of the Abuja airport Chairman of AON, Capt. Nogie Meggison, said operators were in total support of the rehabilitation of the Abuja airport runway but do not understand why an international airport will be closed down completely because of a runway that could be divided into two sections while one section will be on repairs. Meggison said

''the 3900 meter runway could be divided into sections while a section is undergoing repairs, the other is left open till the repairs of the closed section is completed''.

He is of the opinion that the runway should be divided that even with the division of the runway that half part of the runway can accommodate a Boeing 737 adding that all international flight can could go to Lagos or Kano for the period of repairs. wondering if Kaduna airport has the capacity to accommodate the traffic of passengers and if Kaduna has what it takes to house aircrafts. However Executive Secretary, Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency, Mallam Gambo Hamza Responding to Nogie Meggison said Kaduna was ready to take the huge traffic while the state had made provision for security with 20 policemen on standby at every kilometre.
"fowl" play indeed.
And what makes you think Ilorin and Jos airports are closer to Abuja than Kaduna airport?

All these bloggers sef.
Politics / Re: Jonathan, Diezani, Others Shared $1.3b In Malabu Oil Fraud—italian Prosecutors by dustydee: 10:47am On Jan 06
Ah! The witch-hunt and media trial has gone international. grin


Crime / Nigerian Gang Of 19 ATM Robbers Arrested In Sharjah, UAE by dustydee: 10:07pm On Jan 05
The gang managed to flee away with an amount of Dh 1.8million

Four gangs of 19 robbers targeted ATM vehicles and fled with Dh1.8 million, the Sharjah Police have revealed. As reported by Khaleej Times earlier, the Nigerian robbers had come to the country on visit visas specifically to commit the robberies. They assaulted security guards accompanying the vehicles to carry out the robberies.

Addressing a Press conference, Colonel Rashid bin Bayat, director of police operations department, said the robbers committed four daring and violent robberies targeting money transportation vehicles that were delivering cash to ATMs.

The first robbery was committed at the ATM of the Dubai Commercial Bank on King Abdul Aziz Road, where the robbers assaulted security guards and fled with Dh340,000. After two days, the gang struck again, this time at an ATM near Saferr Mall in Al Nahda area, where they fled with Dh700,000. They then attacked a cash tramsportation vehicle in Al Muweilah area, making off with Dh710,000. A fourth attack at an ATM on Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road was foiled by the police.

According to the police, the suspects transferred a part of the robbed money to their home country. The police have recovered the rest and restored it to their owners.

The suspects were arrested from several apartments occupied by 30 to 40 people of the same nationalities.

Col. Al Bayat said that the gang members entered the country on visit visas and carried out the robberies after assaulting security guards. the gangs were busted in a short period of time after the robberies were reported. The suspects were identified and arrested based on CCTV footages obtained from the banks and money exchange offices, said the police.

Source: http://khaleejtimes.com/news/crime/gang-of-19-atm-robbers-arrested-in-sharjah
Foreign Affairs / Re: IIhan Omar Sworn-In In USA As First Female Muslim Lawmaker (Photos) by dustydee: 11:27am On Jan 05
Lies, she's not the first female muslim lawmaker in the US as stated in the topic.
Nairaland, stop misleading people.

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Politics / Re: NNPC Spends $546M On Failing OKLNG, Wants $4.5M for other expenses (PICS) by dustydee: 9:41pm On Dec 28, 2016

I asked because this was exactly what earned Mallam Sanusi the Emirship of Kano amid applauses from Nigerians and the then opposition notwithstanding the incorrectness of the disclosure.
Sanusi never disclosed the content of his letter to the president until someone in the presidency leaked it and he was put on the spot.
Amaechi was reported recently (I cannot confirm if it is true) to have said that he leaked the Sanusi's letter.
Politics / Re: NNPC Spends $546M On Failing OKLNG, Wants $4.5M for other expenses (PICS) by dustydee: 6:42pm On Dec 28, 2016

Did you ask this question when Mallam Sanusi and co accused NNPC and Jonathan's administration of either unremitting or misappropriating $48 billion?
Does that then make it right because someone leaked a letter then?
Politics / Re: NNPC Spends $546M On Failing OKLNG, Wants $4.5M for other expenses (PICS) by dustydee: 6:32pm On Dec 28, 2016
This is not good, how did this memo leak? No secrecy in government anymore.
OP, the $4.5 is to fund the project activities on value preservation and not solely for the relocation of the staff. Stop misleading people, read the second prayer.
Education / Re: Breakdown Of The Result Of AROR OGHENERUKEVWE From The Database Of OAU by dustydee: 7:47pm On Dec 23, 2016
I wish all universities in Nigeria were this responsive and transparent.

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Education / Re: Provost Of Health Sciences Oau Gives Reasons Why Mrs Aror Wasnt Admitted by dustydee: 11:41pm On Dec 22, 2016
I also think there was a mistake in the computationa..maybe u should create a thread for that and mention him
from your attachment, I can see where her problem came from.
Only 7 out of 8 subjects were loaded during her screening meaning either her or the school left out one subject when filing the screening form.
Travel / Re: How I Was Scammed By A Hotel / Booking Agency At Murtala Mohammed Airport by dustydee: 7:22pm On Dec 22, 2016
|Please what did you do when you returned to Nigeria? Hope you went to ask for your money back?


Nairaland / General / See What I Saw Trending On Facebook by dustydee: 12:56pm On Dec 21, 2016
Imagine where nairaland would be if it reduces the number of fake or misleading headlines to the home page. Unfortunately this misleading headline slipped through.

Politics / Re: Senate Did Not Reject Magu’s Nomination – Ndume by dustydee: 4:21pm On Dec 19, 2016
The president must do something about the SGF if we are to take his anti-corruption war serious. The minimum I expect from him is to ask him to step down pending investigation into the alleged contract award.

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Politics / Re: SGF Babachir Lawal Corruption Case : Company Documents Leaked (pics) by dustydee: 2:32pm On Dec 17, 2016
Where's the document that shows he resigned this year?
Where is the contract documents?
Why is the account statement not legible? How do we know the money was transferred as alleged?
Career / Re: BREAKING : Nigeria's Amina Mohammed Announced As UN Deputy Secretary-general by dustydee: 11:25pm On Dec 15, 2016
Well done to her. Another plus for Nigeria.
Politics / Re: Work Begins On $50m Modular Refinery In Akwa Ibom by dustydee: 4:01pm On Dec 12, 2016
This is a great news and a way forward to petroleum products availability in the nation. A litre of kerosene is higher than fuel. This will lead to adultration of the product in the market
Mbok, is kerosene not fuel? undecided


Politics / Re: Nigeria's Minister Of Environment To Be Confirmed As UN Deputy Secretary General by dustydee: 2:00pm On Dec 11, 2016
Lovely. Another plus for Nigeria, if true.
Politics / Re: Boko Haram: Buhari’s Committee Unable To Account For N2.5B by dustydee: 1:40pm On Dec 07, 2016
God help us.

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Literature / Re: Soyinka Apologizes For Criticizing Buhari: "It Was A Miscommunication" by dustydee: 3:45pm On Dec 06, 2016
Nice, it takes a humble man to realise and accept his mistakes. I wish a lot of Nigerians were this wise.

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Politics / Re: $180m Halliburton Scam: Ex-heads Of State’s Indictment ‘scared Jonathan’ by dustydee: 9:49am On Dec 06, 2016

“By the time the two ministers returned from the summit. Yar’Adua’s health had deteriorated. He was flown to Saudi Arabia where he died.”

Did Yaradua die in Saudi Arabia? shocked undecided
Career / Re: FG Slashes Civil Servants' Salaries Weeks Before Christmas Pix by dustydee: 12:34pm On Dec 02, 2016

Please how does a civil servant whose tax is deducted at source by his employer be told to pay correct tax? Does the worker have control over his tax deductions? My friend, it is those who pay directly to the govt like company income tax, businessmen, traders, etc whose taxes are usually based on what they declare as earnings that you can tell to pay correct tax and not those whose taxes are deducted at source.
They have not been asked to pay correct tax but the government has taken the correct tax and they are complaining. Mind you some of these government agencies and even private companies deliberately under pay income taxes but it seems government is determined to get it's fair due.
Career / Re: FG Slashes Civil Servants' Salaries Weeks Before Christmas Pix by dustydee: 11:45am On Dec 02, 2016

Please read my comment well before replying. The summary of my comment is:

1) Govt workers do not pay their taxes personally but their taxes are deducted at source, so the issue of they should pay their taxes is misleading: they do not pay it themselves but deducted directly by their employer.

2) Many fg workers are presently on a certain percentage of their salaries and this percentage varies.

1. Asking them to pay their taxes does not imply that they should physically go and pay their taxes, in this context he meant they should pay the correct tax due.
2. I am aware that some receive half pay. I cannot confirm from the letter that that is the case. Surely whoever wrote that memo would have said so if that were the case.
Career / Re: FG Slashes Civil Servants' Salaries Weeks Before Christmas Pix by dustydee: 10:48am On Dec 02, 2016

Read Seummsg's message again. Civil servants do not have a choice on whether to pay taxes or not. Their taxes are deducted at source. This means that telling them to pay their taxes is missinformation because they do not have control over tax deductions. Moreover, is there any upward review of personal income tax?

Please go and verify, many fg workers including lecturers are paid not full salaries presently. Rather, they are paid a certain percentage of the remuneration and this percentage varies.

Investigate my friend, move around, ask questions please.
Being paid half salary is different from reduced salary due to application of correct tax rate. I used to work for the FG and my PAYE was quite low compared to my colleagues in Lagos on the same pay in the same company. This was identified a few years ago and for the past 2 or so years, my former colleagues have seen their taxes increased every year until they reach the require tax level. The phased increase was done in order to reduce the "shock" it will have on people's take home if it was removed at once. That there's no change in our existing tax laws does not mean that people have been paying the correct tax rate.
Career / Re: FG Slashes Civil Servants' Salaries Weeks Before Christmas Pix by dustydee: 9:53am On Dec 02, 2016

Please talking nonsense. Civil servants do not pay their taxes directly. The govt deducts their taxes at source.

At source means that their taxes are removed and so also pension, loans, etc by the accounts dept before they are paid.

Many companies do that also.

Stop displaying you ignorance.
So if 10k is deducted from source instead of 20k on a 100k salary given the worker a net pay of 90k and the government realises and decides to deduct the full tax of 20k giving a net of 80k, how does that amount to a slash?
I am afraid Seunmsg you quoted is right.
Career / Re: FG Slashes Civil Servants' Salaries Weeks Before Christmas Pix by dustydee: 9:50am On Dec 02, 2016
but you and i know that our taxes are been deducted even before we get paid. Now tell me who's at fault? The payer of the payee?
If the FG had not been deducting the correct taxes before and decided to start deducting it now without asking for arrears, why are they claiming their salary was slashed?
Travel / Re: Nigerians To Pay VAT On International Passports – FIRS by dustydee: 9:36am On Nov 29, 2016
What kind of useless headline is this? Don't journalists understand English anymore. How does showing proof of tax payment equate to paying VAT for a passport?
Investment / Re: Nigerian Stock Exchange Market Pick Alerts by dustydee: 11:35pm On Nov 28, 2016
Hi, I'm new here. Ecobank has offered me their mutual fund. Should I consider it or buy shares instead? I want to start with about 100k. Thanks.
Politics / Re: Kemi Adeosun Attended The Worst University In England - Reno Omokri by dustydee: 1:32pm On Nov 24, 2016

Reno is being clever by half.

The choice of university also remains key. According to the guide, 45.6% of students from the University of East London, at the bottom of the rankings, are not in professional posts six months after graduating.

Yet more than 90% of graduates from St George’s, University of London and Imperial College London, which are ranked first and second, secure good jobs or go on to further study within six months. At Surrey, the Sunday Times university of the year, 78.8% get a professional job or go on to further study.

Stephanie’s mother, Carolyn Charbine, 51, is shocked at her daughter’s experience. “When she told me she wanted to go into law, I was impressed. You think that’s a good job that will set her up for life,” she said.

“I’m surprised at how difficult it is . . . A good law degree is not a golden ticket.”
This ranking is based solely on professional jobs after graduation.
By Omokri's logic, St George’s, University of London is the best University in the UK. I don't even know the university.

See the original article here:

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Politics / Re: $15M: Patience Jonathan Loses In court by dustydee: 9:18pm On Nov 22, 2016
No shopping be that.

Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Nigerian Immigration Service Vs Nigerian Customs Service by dustydee: 8:53am On Nov 18, 2016
They are all the same but custom is more lucrative in terms of better posting and money .
Is there a special allowance for some postings or are you referring to illegal activities?
Politics / Re: Nigerian Uses Full Page Newspaper Advert To Congratulate Donald Trump by dustydee: 11:37am On Nov 11, 2016
The boreholes are commendable, he should get to work as soon as possible. But of what use is the full page congratulatory message? He should have sent a letter to Mr. Trump.

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