Environment

Ekiti targets 5,000 hectares for tree planting

Published

on


Ekiti State Government has pledged to empower 100 farmers in the state to plant 5,000 hectares of trees under the World Bank sponsored Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).


The government also said that the project would employ another 450 farmers for the regeneration of the highly depleted nine forest reserves owned by the state.

The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this in Ikere Ekiti, on Wednesday, at a sensitisation and advocacy programme on forest protection and regeneration programme.

The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Mrs Iyabo Fakunle Okieimen, added that the scheme would support government’s quest to achieve environmental and economic security for the state.

“In the area of community participation, a total of 450 farmers will be identified to participate in the conventional planting within the nine forest reserves while a total of 100 interested farmers will be mobilised to plant 50 hectares of woodlots and orchard, respectively,” Fayemi said.

The governor said NEWMAP’s “primary objective is to carry the stakeholders and identify factors that can enhance rehabilitation of areas prone to low, medium and high menace of land degradation caused by bush burning, indiscriminate tree felling and flooding.”

The programme will also encourage plantation agriculture, fight poverty and increase the economic viability of tree planting in Ekiti, he added.

The NEWMAP Coordinator in Ekiti, Mr Seyi Adegbola, said the programme will address challenges of gully erosion, environmental disaster, economic wastages and climate change in the state.

“If you check all the nine forest reserves we have, nothing is there again. They are depleted and we are losing millions of naira daily.

“But with NEWMAP, 450 farmers will be employed to replant the lost trees and in the medium and long term, we will have cause to laugh”.

In his presentation entitled: “Best Way to Protect and Regenerate Forest reserves in Ekiti State”, an environmental expert, Mr Bunmi Olatiilu, revealed that forests potentials can turn around the fortunes of the state through lumbering business and recreational purposes, if properly harnessed.

The environmetalist said good aforestation policy can also provide employment for farmers, hunters, researchers, educational institutions, sawmillers and other businesses.

“For government to ensure forest sustainability, to maintain our climatic and ecosystem, stakeholders should encourage tree planting and train experts in plantation agriculture for the survival of our environment,” Olatiilu said.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/ekiti-targets-5000-hectares-for-tree-planting/

COVID-19

NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

Published

on


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/ncdc-records-189-new-covid-19-cases-total-now-57145/
Continue Reading

General news

Ekiti Deputy Gov eulogises late theatre icon, Jimoh Aliu

Published

on


The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has paid tributes to the late theatre icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu.


He eulogised the late prominent artiste for using his talent in promoting arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally.

Egbeyemi, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on media, Mr Odunayo Ogunmola, on Saturday,  described the late Aliu as a worthy Ekiti Ambassador, who placed the name of the state on the global map of theatre, arts, culture and entertainment.

He described the death of the former National President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), as a great and monumental loss not only to Ekiti, his state of origin but also to entire Nigeria.

According to him, the late dramatist and producer exhibited the famed Ekiti virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work and good name, which the youths of nowadays must emulate.

Egbeyemi noted that the Aliu mentored many young artistes and promoted local content in the nation’s entertainment industry.

The Deputy Governor said the plays and films produced by the deceased taught moral lessons, bravery, valour, strong will, determination and self-belief in pursuit of dreams and vision.

He said that Aliu rose to stardom by hard work and perseverance, and never forgot his roots as he lived among his people throughout his lifetime.

Egbeyemi regretted that the late Aliu died at a time his wise counsel was still needed, noting that the deceased contributed his quota to the development of Ekiti State.

The Deputy Governor, while commiserating with the family and associates of the deceased, urged them to be consoled by the good life he lived and the legacies he left behind.

“Surely, the vacuum left behind by this great legend of the stage and movies will be difficult to fill owing to his sterling contributions over the years.

“This is a monumental loss not only to Ekiti, but to our entire country. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.”

He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/ekiti-deputy-gov-eulogises-late-theatre-icon-jimoh-aliu/
Continue Reading

Politics

Youth hold key to sustainable democracy – Ekiti APC chieftain 

Published

on


Captain Sunday Adebomi, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday said that the youth are critical toward achieving the desired democracy in the country.


Adebomi, an an ex-governorship aspirant in Ekiti, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital.

He urged the youth to be more interested in active politics, remain focused, determined and ready to sacrifice to take their rightful positions politically.

Adebomi, who said that he joined politics to promote active youth involvement, noted that it was high time Nigeria youth shunned being blind followers to politicians.

“I found myself in politics and what really motivated me to go into politics was about the youth, our generation.

“Like I said, I have tasted a lot of things but to me, it’s like our youth can’t see clearly beyond their nose.

“They have been following politicians blindly without asking for what rightfully belong to them.

“Instead, they are praise singing politicians all because of little money they are getting from them.

“The younger generation should know that this is the time to stand up, time to be actively involved in politics.

“Time to prove that they can do better than our leaders if given the  opportunity to serve.

“Our media houses misquoted President Mohammadu Bihari when he said that Nigerian youths are lazy.

“What he was only trying to say was that the youth were not standing up for their right.

“They are not fighting for what rightly belongs to them. He was trying to tell them that when he was like they he knew what he had done.

“All they need is courage, motivation, determination and prayers,” he said.

The Ise-Ekiti born APC Chieftain, urged the people of Ekiti to give Gov Kayode Fayemi-led administration the necessary support in order to consolidate on the achievements recorded and to further entrench good governance in the state.

He called on the aggrieved party members in the state to calm down, sheath their swords and reconcile their differences for future benefits.

“The only thing I am planning now is for Governor Fayemi and our Party, APC to succeed and the party to stabilise

“This is because it is only when the party stabilises, and the government succeeds, that anybody can plan anything.

“The only plan I have is to plead to whoever that is aggrieved, that feels ignored, to calm down,” Adebomi pleaded.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/youth-hold-key-to-sustainable-democracy-ekiti-apc-chieftain/
Continue Reading

Defence/Security

Ekiti Police slam N5m on wanted man over alleged robberies, kidnappings

Published

on


The Ekiti State Police command has placed a N5 million prize tag on a man,Samuel Oguntoyinbo, it declared wanted for allegedly involving in a series of bank robberies and kidnappings in the state and environs in recent times.


The command, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, ASP Sunday Abutu, on Saturday, said the amount would be a reward for whoever apprehends the suspect.

According to the statement, Ogunyoyinbo, who is now a fugitive, had allegedly perpetrated a series of heinous crimes in Ekiti.

The suspect was said to have masterminded different bank robberies and kidnapping incidents in Ekiti and Ondo States.

It added that the suspect is an indigene of Iyin Ekiti, in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti State.

“The suspect’s real name is Samuel Oguntoyinbo, but is popularly known as `Eleven’ or `Badoo’.

“Any person with useful information concerning his whereabouts should please contact the nearest Police Station or the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Department on 07031620186 or the PPRO on 09064050086.

“Such a person shall be rewarded with a huge sum of N5 million,” the statement said.

It was gathered that police were resolute on bringing the alleged culprit to book because lives were lost and large monies carted away in robbery incidents traced to him.

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://nnn.ng/ekiti-police-slam-n5m-on-wanted-man-over-alleged-robberies-kidnappings/
Continue Reading

Edo election: INEC begins release of results FCTA, NAPTIP sign MoU on women rehabilitation centre 8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident  Newborn safely delivered under Ajah bridge NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145 Nadal stunned by Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals, Djokovic survives Koepfer United States initiates ‘snapback’ process to reimpose sanctions on Iran – Pompeo NIDO-Ghana plans webinar to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Edo election: Why collation is delayed — INEC Nketiah’s late strike gives Arsenal 2-1 win over West Ham United Ekiti Deputy Gov eulogises late theatre icon, Jimoh Aliu Gov Bagudu, stakeholders meet over flood, insecurity, vow to surmount challenges El-Rufai to participate in maiden Kaduna Marathon on Nov. 21 Ondo election: Agboola Ajayi best candidate for good governance — Mimiko Edo 2020: Group commends INEC on equal access for PWDs Banditry: Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto Ebonyi police confirm alleged murder of motorcyclist by suspected lunatic COVID-19: Lagos govt reopens cinemas, gyms Edo Poll: PDP alleges move to replace election results in Edo North Akaeze-Ukwu tragedy: Buhari condoles with govt, people of Ebonyi VAR drama as Zaha double earns Crystal Palace shock 3-1 win at Manchester United Sultan turbans 15 District Heads in Sokoto Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience,  mental acuity – Osinbajo Cash Transfer: Zamfara to dismiss 10 Facilitators for extortion Youth hold key to sustainable democracy – Ekiti APC chieftain  Fiorentina snatch late win in Serie A opener Dortmund young guns sparkle in opening win over Gladbach Environmental advocates call for total ban of plastics Edo electorate hail INEC, security agencies Edo poll: Gov. Wike commends INEC, security agencies for peaceful conduct Edo election: Police commission lauds security presence at voting centres Bye-elections: 12 candidates jostle for Lagos East, 8 for Kosofe Constituency II Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves Police in Anambra arrest 3 suspects for alleged abduction, rape of job seeker Spurs sign Bale on loan, Reguilon on permanent deal Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation World Clean Up Day: NGO tasks Lagos residents on cleaner, greener environment Ondo Gov’s wife registers market women for democratic dividends Ebonyi Bus Plunge: FRSC confirms 14 corpses retrieved from river Crawford University appoints new V-C, other principal officers Edo 2020: Gov. Tambuwal lauds Buhari on statesmanly call, directive LASG seals 3 illegal container terminals, 19 additional contravening buildings Pirlo says Suarez unlikely to join Juventus after all NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday FG disburses N24m loan to 2,400 entrepreneurs in Sokoto 2023: NYC urges Gov. Umahi to consider running for Presidency Anambra FA Caretaker Committee enrolls club owners in health insurance scheme “Its your portion to die,’’ Clergyman tells Christians La Liga: Villarreal record 2-1 win over Eibar