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Plastic Bag Ban,”Ensure Smooth Transitioning for Small Businesses”

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The house of representatives on Tuesday passed a bill banning plastic bags in the country. We appreciate a cleaner environment, freer water-ways and animals without plastic bags in their ducts. However, plastic bags have always been a ubiquitous feature of Nigerian life. I thought a level of public consultation was required for passing such laws to ensure a smooth transition through the ban to implementation of this bill. Banning plastic bags is a big win, but it’s just the beginning as it involves a lot and if not properly handled, could mis-fire. Ask Kenya and South Africa, two countries who i know are attemtping to solve this riddle. More investments will have to go into waste management if Nigeria is to be guaranteed a healthier environment.

On the downside, we should expect knock-on effects on businesses, consumers and even jobs. How many would loose their jobs? What are the overheads for an average struggling satchet water company moving from the use of plastic bags to plastic bottles(which may be banned next)? This entire “ex post facto law” approach without prior plans needs to be looked into. One day you have a decent job , the next you and your entire firm have become fugitives who operate outside of the law. When the case gets extreme, you loose your job. Crime is on the increase, Youth joblessness is at an all-time alarming high and yet these laws keep coming?

Amazing ideas come, the government like a reckless lover turns us all on and then at the point of conclusion leaves everyone hanging.

To entrepreneurs and business elites, an opportunity beckons but i daresay that we need to remove ourselves from a perspective for once and get a spherical view of this situations that keep coming and what it’s ramifications hold for our country. People with access to the corridors of power need to start speaking about certain things because one day, this fat chicken that the government and certain factions have been feeding will come home to roost & that day might just be easter.

Nigeria we hail thee! goodness grief!

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Post by Temple Obike

With over 13 years of active business experience, he is the literal definition of “The Verb”. Temple has been able to create value across Media, ICT, Marketing and Advertising. He owns a creative agency, media company, digital marketing and IT companies where he’s built solutions. As a business writer and author, he enjoys constructive editorials.

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Iran faces sanction over uranium breach plan

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Iran said on Monday it would breach internationally agreed curbs on its stock of low-enriched uranium in 10 days — a move likely to worsen tensions with Washington — but it added European nations could still save a nuclear deal that sets those limits.

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In an indication of concern at Iran’s announcement, Germany urged Tehran to meet all its obligations under the 2015 accord. Britain said if Iran breached limits agreed under the deal then London would look at “all options”.

Close U.S. ally Israel, Iran’s arch foe, urged world powers to step up sanctions against Tehran swiftly should it exceed the enriched uranium limit.

U.S.-Iran tensions are growing following accusations by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration that Tehran last Thursday attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a vital oil shipping route. Iran denies having any role.

Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, on Monday denied Tehran was behind the attacks and said if the Islamic Republic decided to block the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane it would do so publicly.

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, said Tehran was responsible for security in the Gulf and urged U.S. forces to leave the region, state TV said.

In an announcement drawing signs of Western unease, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said “We have quadrupled the rate of enrichment (of uranium) and even increased it more recently, so that in 10 days it will bypass the 300 kg limit.”

“Iran’s reserves are every day increasing at a more rapid rate,” he told state TV, adding that “the move will be reversed once other parties fulfill their commitments.”

Tehran said in May it would reduce compliance with the nuclear pact it agreed with world powers in 2015, in protest at the United States’ decision to unilaterally pull out of the agreement and reimpose sanctions last year.

The deal seeks to head off any pathway to an Iranian nuclear bomb in return for the removal of most international sanctions.

The accord requires Iran to curb its uranium enrichment capacity, capping Iran’s stock of low-enriched uranium at 300 kg of uranium hexafluoride enriched to 3.67 percent or its equivalent for 15 years.

A series of more intrusive U.N. inspections under the deal have verified that Iran has been meeting its commitments.

Urging European signatories to hasten efforts to salvage the accord, President Hassan Rouhani said its collapse would not be in the interests of the region or the world.

“It’s a crucial moment, and France can still work with other signatories of the deal and play an historic role to save the deal in this very short time,” Rouhani was quoted as saying during a meeting with France’s new ambassador in Iran.


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China backs Hong kong leader

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China doubled down on its support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday after days of protests in the Chinese-ruled city over a planned extradition bill, and a source close to Lam said Beijing was unlikely to let her go even if she tried to resign.

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Lam’s attempts to pass a bill that would allow people in Hong Kong to be extradited to China to stand trial triggered the biggest and most violent protests in the former British colony in decades.

As the political crisis entered its second week, demonstrators and opposition politicians braved intermittent rain to gather near the government’s offices and call for the bill to be killed and for her to step down.

The upheaval comes at a delicate time for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is grappling with a deepening U.S. trade war, an ebbing economy and regional strategic tension.

Hong Kong has been governed under a “one country, two systems” formula since its return to Beijing in 1997, allowing freedoms not granted to the mainland, including an independent judiciary, but short of a fully democratic vote.

Many residents are increasingly unnerved by Beijing’s tightening grip and what they see as the erosion of those freedoms, fearing that changes to the rule of law could imperil its status as a global financial center.

“The Chinese government, the central government, has always fully affirmed the work of chief executive Carrie Lam and the Hong Kong government,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a news conference.

The comments echoed remarks over the weekend from the government’s Hong Kong and Macau policy office.

“The central government will continue to firmly support the chief executive and the SAR government’s governing in accordance with the law,” he said, referring to the “special administrative region” of China.


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