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Apapa LG to empower 160 petty traders with N100,000 each



Mr Owolabi Adele, Chairman, Apapa Local Government of Lagos State, said that the council would soon provide N16 million as empowerment to 16o petty traders in the area.

Speaking at the council’s Consultative Stakeholders Meeting ahead of its 2020 Budget in Apapa on Monday, Adele said that each of the 160 identified beneficiaries would receive N100,000 to grow their petty trade.

The council boss advised those to benefit from the empowerment to use the money to improve their businesses and not to channel the money into Christmas gift.

He said that the council had completed Oluwole Primary  Health Centre which would be commissioned to improve the health outreach of people in Apapa Community.

We have embarked on first round of outreach on community vaccination and also we recruited additional medical personnel to augment the existing staff.

The council also bought Sienna buses so as to boost the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), but it is highly disturbing that our people’s attitude towards paying their taxes, levies and rates is not encouraging because of evasion.

Our administration has been able to rehabilitate some streets such as Pelewura, North Avenue, Maybin, Ijora Oloye, Tide Adeyemi, Tijani Adele, Lander, Ibiere among others with interlock bricks, ” Adele said.

He said that the council had provided 1000 of three in one pairs desk and benches for public primary schools for a conducive learning environment.

The council boss said that the council had been able to complete the renovation of most offices in the council.

Adele said that the council also bought General Certificate Examination (G. C. E), Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms, as well as organising talk shows and training for teachers and students.

Adele said that the council also organised continuous Spelling Bee competition, supported public schools, inter-sports competitions, purchased life jackets for pupils in  riverine communities, organise adult literacy and many more.

He said that from experience that different wards in the local government had peculiar needs ranging from infrastructure, toilets, environmental changes, school boats among others, adding that the consultative meeting would enable wards representative to present their needs before the council. .


Edited /Wale Ojetimi




Ondo Gov’s wife registers market women for democratic dividends



Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has commenced online registration of market women to ensure that they benefitted from the dividends of governance in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Akeredolu began the registration exercise on Saturday at Agagu market in Akure South and Ogbese in Akure North council areas of the state.

She said market women were crucial to the socioeconomic development of the society, adding that her visit to the markets was on how the present administration could make life more meaningful to the women.

“I understand the fact that there is a gap for government to reach out directly to the market women and this is the major reason of our visit to close the gap on why our market women are not getting what they are supposed to get from government.

“This present administration under the leadership of Gov. Akeredolu has rolled out millions of naira as soft loan to market women, but probably people cornered it,” he said.

She said the Office of the Eife of the Governor has trained people to register all the market women that would capture their details and totally avoid middlemen when reaching out to them.

Mrs Akeredolu noted that the recently launched Ondo Widow Cares Initiative was successful with the help of digital technology where all widows in the state got registered and got government benefits without bias of party affiliation.

The governor’s wife urged market women to register and again vote for continuity of Gov. Akeredolu to consolidate on his good programmes for the state and promised that government would not neglect them after the election.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Women Affairs, Mrs Toyin Akimoyo, appealed to the market women to support Gov. Akeredolu’s re-election having seen all the laudable projects executed in his first term in office.

Akinmoyo noted that Gov. Akeredolu had performed beyond measure in the area of infrastructure development, creating meaningful life for women and youths and regular payment of salary.

Mrs Akeredolu also visited Ayede Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area where the regent of the town, Alayede Ogbese, Catherine Akinyede, commended Gov. Akeredolu for rescuing the town from political marginalisation by making their son the council chairman in the just concluded LG election.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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Ondo 2020: Speaker receives SDP, ADC Councillorship candidates in Ifedore



The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun on Friday received SDP and ADC Councillorship candidates in the last LG election in Ifedore  into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The candidates thereafter endorsed the re-election of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu.

The politicians, who were from different political parties, according to Oleyelogun, would boost the re-election bid of Gov. Akeredolu in ifedore local government area.

The speaker said that the  governor’s rural and urban renewal projects, coupled with infrastructural development across the 18 council areas had greatly earned him much support from various political angles.

According to him, `to put all sentiment apart, Mr Governor has transformed the state for good within the short period of his first term in office.

He said that by his survey, no governor had been able to meet his standards since the creation of the state.

“Akeredolu is a grassroots politician who is at home with both the young and the old, men and women across the three senatorial districts of the state,” he said

The speaker received the new members and handed them over to the governor at the government house, Akure.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new members include: Gbadamosi Yakubu of Social Democractic Party (SDP) in Ilara Ward 2; Tope Adu of SDP in Ijare Ward 2; and Ojo Busola of Action Democractic Congress (ADC) in Igbara-Oke Ward 1.

Yakubu who spoke on behalf of the new members said the transformation agenda of Akeredolu was enough to earn him a second term in office.

He added that the governor’s efforts at transforming the state could not be underestimated.

He promised to mobilise his supporters to work assiduously for the re-election of Gov. Akeredolu for a second term in office.

“Our coming to APC is not as a result of financial inducement, rather we are driven by our conviction that you will perform,” he said.

Edited /Donald Ugwu
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IGR: Ekiti Assembly calls for effective strategy to mitigate effects of COVID-19



Following the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on  the world economy, Ekiti House of Assembly has charged officials of  the State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) to devise strategies to generate more revenue for the state.


The Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba, gave the admonition on Friday during an interaction with the officials of BIR on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the state IGR, in Ado-Ekiti.


Adelugba said that the meeting was also aimed at devising strategies to ensure effective and efficient service delivery by the revenue service.


The committee chairman, who acknowledged BIR as the bedrock of revenue generation in the state, called on the people to cooperate with them, especially, the tax collectors.


She assured them that the revenue generated would be effectively and efficiently used for the development and wellbeing of the state and its residents.


Adelugba, therefore, assured the BIR of the House optimum support for the revenue services to recover from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy through necessary legislation.


Earlier, The Chairman of the Ekiti Board of Internal Revenue (BIR), Mr Olumuyiwa Ogunmilade, said the meeting was to brief the committee on how COVID-19 pandemic had really affected the IGR of the state.


Ogunmilade also listed the strategies put in place by BIR to mitigate the effects of the pandemic to include: the automation of revenue payment processes and the introduction of the’ Homeowners’ Charter programme.


He listed others as the creation of Taxpayer Relationship Unit, Tax Sensitisation and Enlightenment.


He sought the support of the House in sensitising the members of their constituencies for their cooperation.


Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Peter Dada
Source: NAN
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Food security: Kaduna Govt assures of enabling environment for large scale farming



The Kaduna State Government says it has provided needed platforms and enabling environment to attract investments into large scale farming in the state.

The Parmanent Secretary, State Ministry of Agriculture, Malam Sabi’u Sani, made the disclosure during a crop yield assessment tour to selected farms in Makarfi Local government Area on Thursday.

“The state is bringing in large scale farmers to be responsible and have access to technologies especially by facilitating capacity building of their operations and linking them to markets.

“The operators will be supported to be able to serve other farmers to bridge the gap in terms of availability and accessibility of technology,” Sani said.

According to him, the state government is  committed towards attainment of food security through the application of technology for efficient crop yield.

“We will also increase the competence of the personnel that will handle the machines for them to deliver better value in terms of hours committed to work and durability of the equipments.

“We are reactivating our mechanical workshops and also looking for offers that are available by development financial institutions and create awareness for our farmers to key into the programmes.”

He urged farmers to acquire some of the basic facilities for their farming activities to increase the precision level of new blend fertilizer application for higher crop yield.

Sani said that acquiring modern facilities would minimise post harvest and wastages.

“I am convinced that the efforts of the government and development partners is working, as it is translating into healthier crops with optimism of bumper harvest.”

He appealed to farmers to embrace the use of modern farming methods that would add value to crop production and better livelihood.

The Permanent Secretary also tasked the farmers to leverage on certified technologies as demonstrated to them by the development partners and extension support team.

“We are also calling on you to report anything strange capable of causing problems to your farming activities.”

He said reporting strange happenings on their farms would enable the government to take  print action.

The official said such actions would ensure farmers engage in profitable crop production and marketing that would attract investments.

The Director of Agriculture, Makarfi LG, Malam Ahmad Balarabe, who received the team, said they had achieved so much in Agriculture through the AGRA initiatives.

“80 per cent of our local farmers have embraced the AGRA innitiative, we thank them and the Kaduna government for the support and opportunity to us.

“We are indeed going to have a bumper harvest from the manner our crops are growing”, Balarabe said.

A Community Based Facilitator at the local government,  Hajiya Halima Ibrahim, expressed happiness with the initiative.

“The innitiative brought to us by AGRA has really improved our yield, the process is also much easier and time saving, I planted my Soya beans using the drill planting method of 5cm spacing.

“The AGRA initiative has checked diseases and pests on the crops since I adopted the guidelines”, she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team also visited Pampaida in Ikara LG, Value Seed at Kudan LG and an Agro dealer in Makarfi before concluding the three days tour of selected farms.

NAN recalled that the Kaduna State Government and AGRA on Sept. 15, embarked on a three-day on-the-spot assessment of selected farms to evaluate the 2020 crop yields in the state.

The assessment is sequel to the application of AGRA supported new research-based fertiliser blend to improve crop yields in the state.

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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