Some farmers in Borno have renewed calls for deployment of military and other security personnel to farmlands this cropping season to protect them against attacks by insurgents.
They also called for provision of fertiliser and other inputs to ease difficulties in accessing the commodities.
A cross section of the farmers made the call in separate interviews with newsmen at some fields in Jere and Mafa Local Government Areas of the state, on Monday.
Malam Bana Ali, a rice farmer, said the call was imperative as the insurgents had attacked farmers and loggers during previous seasons, a trend which forced most of them to abandon their farmlands.
“As the cropping season progresses; farmers could not work in distant farmlands for fear of the insurgents’ attacks.
“Many farmers were attack and killed during the dry season activity in various farming communities in the outskirt of Maiduguri and other local government areas,” he alleged.
Alhaji Muhammad Hassan, the Chairman of the Rice Sellers and Processors Association in Zabalmari community of Jere local government area, added that proactive measures were necessary to encourage farming activities this season.
Hassan noted that farmers at Zabalmari, Koshebe and adjourning communities in Jere and Mafa were most affected by e attacks.
He said that many farmers in the area were killed by the insurgents while engaging in farming during the dry season.
“We call for deployment of military and other security personnel to protect farmers in the fields.
“We commenced farming activities in earnest but attacks by the insurgents are a source of worry to us.
Hassan also called for provision of fertiliser and inputs to the farmers at subsidized rate, noting that they procured the commodity at exorbitant prices in the market.
He, however, lauded efforts of the military and other security agencies in the counter-insurgency operations.
On their part, Ali Audu and Ya Kolo, commended the state government for its assistance to farmers, calling on the authorities to look into the security challenges associated with farming activities in the state,
NAN reports that Gov. Babagan Zulum of Borno had on July 3, flagged-off the distribution of fertiliser and seeds to 100, 000 farmers at Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDPs) and resettled communities.
Zulum announced that government would give N5, 000 to each of the benefiting farmers to offset the cost of labour.
He explained that the gesture was to encourage farmers cultivate what to eat, reduce dependence on humanitarian interventions and enhance food security.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had equally distributed fertiliser and inputs to 100, 000 displaced farmers in the state this cropping season.
Some of the produce cultivated by farmers includes rice, wheat, beans, sorghum, maize, tomato; onions, pepper, carrot, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce and water melon.
Edited by Abiemwense Moruhttps://nnn.ng/cropping-season-borno-farmers-re-new-calls-for-protection-against-insurgents-attack/
Gov. Matawalle eulogises late Emirs of Biu, Zazzau
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has described as “commendable” the roles played by the late Emir of Biu, Borno state and Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna state.
This is contained in a statement by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication to the governor in Gusau on Sunday.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Emir of Biu, Mai Umar Mustapha the 28th emir, died at the age of 80 years at the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe on the 15th of September, after serving on the throne for 31 years.
The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who was emir for 45 years as the 18th emir, also died at the age of 84 years at the 44 Hospital, Kaduna on Sunday, the 20th of September after a brief illness.
According to Matawalle’s media aide, the governor, particularly commended the significant roles played by the two mornarchs in ensuring the indivisibility of Nigeria, and their great contributions in finding lasting solutions to acts of terrorism and banditry during their historic reigns.
Matawalle said the duo would be remembered for their patience, honesty, sincerity and preaching of peace and unity in Nigeria.
He said, “Allah, Who is the All Knowing, knows best why He chose these trying times to take away the royal fathers from our sinful world.”
The governor prayed that Allah in His endless mercies hosts the departed souls of the two great rulers in Jannatul Firdaus, grant the people and governments of the two states the fortitude to bear the loss and continue to bless members of the families left by the natural rulers.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.
According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.
“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.
The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.
NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.
According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.
“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.
“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.
“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.
It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.
The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.
According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.
The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.
“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.
“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Insecurity: House of Reps pledges adequate funding for NEDC
The House of Representatives Committee on the North East Development Commission (NEDC), on Thursday pledged adequate budgetary allocation to the commission to tackle humanitarian challenges in the region.
The Chairperson of the Committee, Khadija Bukar-Abba, made the pledge in Maiduguri during a two-day oversight tour of the NEDC’s activities.
Bukar-Abba said that the committee had taken note of challenges facing the people of the Northeast zone.
She said that given the quantum of work that needed to be done, it became imperative that the commission should be provided with more funding to enable it effectively carry out its mandate.
The chairperson said the committee had gone round some of the projects being prosecuted by the commission in displaced communities and IDP camps, noting that a lot of people need life-saving assistance.
“We have visited some of the IDP camps and had a firsthand experience of the depth of suffering people are going through, especially the women and children.
“We have also seen the impressive works that the NEDC has achieved in such a short period of a year since it began operation.
“But we have observed how overwhelming the work that the NEDC needed to do has been, and how their progress may be affected due to lack of resources.
“We visited Ngwom village in Mafa Local Government, about 18km outside of Maiduguri, and we have seen the 1,000 housing projects that the NEDC has embarked on; we are excited that the project would be concluded before the end of 2020.
“At the IDP camps, we have seen many women and children, and old persons who needed food more than anything else to survive, and we felt the challenges are overwhelming and the NEDC is underfunded,’’ she said.
Bukar-Abba commended the commission for achieving so much in the last one year, noting that rather than being accused of misappropriation of funds, “the NEDC is grossly underfunded’’.
“Our committee and, of course the House of Representatives would not hesitate to approve all the request of NEDC concerning the welfare of the IDPs and people of the Northeast any time they approach us for additional funding,’’ she said.
Commenting, NEDC’s Managing Director, Prof. Mohammed Alkali, said that some of the properties acquired in the name of the commission were being used as warehouse, offices and accommodation for its guests and staffers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in many of the IDP camps, the displaced persons complained of inadequate classrooms which they said had impeded on learning by the children.
Muhammed Abacha, an IDP official, told the committee that their major challenges were food and education for children.
“We in Customs House IDP camp are facing a serious challenge of lack of food to feed,’’ Abacha said.
“We have only nine classrooms here in the camp and we have well over 3,000 school-age kids in this camp. We need more classrooms, else our children will continue to roam about the camp without any form of education,’’ he said.
Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, the Chairperson of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, informed the committee that the state government had been providing daily food support and cash to the IDPs.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Sadiya Hamza
NiMet predicts cloudy, rainy weather conditions Thursday to Saturday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudy and rainy weather conditions from Thursday to Friday.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Wednesday in Abuja predicted cloudy conditions over the northern region on Thursday with prospects of early morning thunderstorms and rains over parts of Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi and Kaduna.
According to the agency, there are prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Adamawa and southern Borno later in the day.
“The north central cities should be predominantly cloudy with chances of early morning light thunderstorms and rains over parts of Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“During the afternoon and evening hours, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Kwara, Benue, Plateau, Niger and Abuja.
“There are prospects of light thunderstorms and rains over parts of Oyo, Edo, Ondo, Lagos, Ogun, Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom, while other parts of the southern region should be in cloudy condition during the morning hours,“ he said.
The agency forecast thunderstorms and moderate rains over most places in the region during the afternoon and evening periods.
NiMet envisaged cloudy skies over the northern region in the morning hours of Friday with thunderstorms over parts of Borno, Kano, Kaduna and Sokoto later in the day.
“There are prospects of early morning thunderstorms and rains over parts of Nassarawa, Abuja and Plateau state.
”Later in the day, thunderstorms and moderate rains are expected over parts of Kwara, Abuja, Niger and Plateau state.
“Cloudy condition should prevail over most cities of the inland and coastal region with prospects of light to moderate rains over parts of Edo and Delta during the morning hours.
“ Later in the day, light thunderstorms and rains are expected over most parts of the southern region, “ the agency said.
Also, cloudy skies are anticipated over northern region in the morning hours of Saturday with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano and Kaduna later in the day.
The agency predicted cloudy skies over most cities in the north central region during the morning hours with prospects of thunderstorms over Minna.
“Later in the day, few thunderstorms and rains are expected over parts of Niger, Plateau, Benue and Abuja.
“ There are prospects of thunderstorms and rains over most cities in the southeast inland and parts of Cross River, Akwa-Ibom and Lagos in the morning hours.
“Few thunderstorms and rains are expected over most cities in the southern region during the afternoon and evening periods,“ it said.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Felix Ajide