The Programme Manager, Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme (ENADEP), Mr Onyema Nwodo, has advised poultry farmers to start preparing their chicken for Easter sales.
Nwodo told Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Tuesday that the farmers should purchase their day-old broilers around third week of January for them to mature for sale in Easter.
The programme manager said that three months was enough to prepare very good broilers.
He said the advice became imperative because of the high demand for poultry products in the area during the Easter celebration.
“When you order birds like layers day-old chickens, you should order them early enough in January and get the best choice.
“And then you organise for the feed, save the money for it and then, if it is credit facilities you have to apply early enough’’ Nwodo said.
He added that some farmers in Enugu had also embraced cattle fattening, so they too should start rearing in August.
Edited by: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Maureen Atuonwu
ENADEP decries inadequate agric extension workers in Enugu
Dr Matthias Onu, Programme Manager, Enugu State Agricultural Development Programme (ENADEP) has decried inadequate number of agriculture extension workers in the state.
Onu, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Enugu, said that the programme had not expanded because of insufficient workers.
He said that inadequate number of extension workers was affecting ENADEP from developing and promoting agriculture, especially in the rural communities.
He said it was regrettable that out of 365 extension workers needed, the state had only 26 extension workers, which was grossly inadequate.
“The inadequacy has also created information gap between the agency and farmers in the area of information sharing on contemporary system of farming,’’ the programme manager said.
Onu however, noted that the agency had resorted to sending N-Power beneficiaries to various communities as there were no extension workers to interface with the farmers.
He further said that ENADEP had participated in the Research Extension Farmers Information Linkage system (REFILS) which was a national programme of agriculture development.
According to him, scientists in the agency were usually sent on training organised by REFILS, who in turn educate workers to be better prepared on how to interface with farmers.
The programme manager said that aside the REFILS training, the agency benefited from training organised by their local and international partners.
Onu added that the Ministry of Agriculture was also training some farmers on rice farming.
He further said that the state government under Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was investing in agriculture sector to make it a food hub in the South East region.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Nsukka LG chairman grades 22 roads in one month
Mrs Chinwe Ugwu, Chairman, Nsukka Local Government Area Transition Committee (TC), said the special attention given to grading of rural roads was to enable farmers easily transport agricultural products to urban areas.
Ugwu who spoke in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Nsukka, said that since Dec. 16, 2019, she assumed office, she has graded no fewer than 22 roads, with majority of them in the rural areas.
“Many people have been asking me why I am paying special attention on grading roads in rural areas. I believe opening up of rural areas will make it easier for farmers to transport their agricultural products to the towns at cheaper cost.
“A situation where rural farmers pay high cost of transportation because of bad roads leading to the urban centres or cities to sell their products discourage many people to engage in farming in rural areas.
“Grading of rural roads will also help give people living in the areas, a sense of belonging, so that they will not think that the local government has abandoned them,” she said.
The TC chairman listed some of the roads she graded within one month of her assumption of office to include, Mkpanwamoke road In Lejja community, Amaudi road In Ehe-Alumona, Amenu road In Edem and Ghugbu-Eziani in Ezeani.
According to her, before now, these roads are in a deplorable state, as commercial and private vehicles found it very difficult to ply, but that with the current upgrade, vehicular movement have become faster and smoother.
Ugwu Stated that she had given N1m each to the 20 wards in the local government area for the execution of one development project.
“Government should be all about how to develop people, because without the people there will be nothing like government.
” I have directed stakeholders in the wards to ensure that the N1m is used to carry out a particular project of their choice.
“They are also to ensure that the project is completed before Feb. 29, when my tenure will elapse as TC chairman,” she said.
The council boss further stated that she had started building a canteen for workers as she was not comfortable with the lack of restaurant for workers to have lunch around the council secretariat.
“When I assumed office, I discovered that the council has no canteen, workers and visitors trek long distances looking for where to eat.
“I will make sure that the canteen is inaugurated before my tenure expires.
“I believe taking care of welfare of workers will increase their productivity, “she said.
Ugwu also said that her administration had donated a 500 KVA electricity transformer to residents of GRA Nsukka as well as donated three generating sets to three security agencies in the area.
Ugwu was among the 17 transition committee chairmen appointed by Gov. Ifeany Ugwuanyi of Enugu State last December, following the expiration of the two -year-tenure of elected local government chairmen in the state on Dec. 4, 2019.
NAN reports that the state would hold its local government election on Feb. 29, to elect new council chairmen and councillors.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Obike Ukohhttps://nnn.ng/nsukka-lg-chairman-grades-22-roads-in-one-month/
Lassa fever: Enugu Govt urges residents to be calm, dispels rumour of nurse death
Enugu State Government has urged residents of the state to remain calm even as it dispelled rumour that one of the nurses that treated patient that died of Lassa fever is dead.
The Permanent Secretary, State’s Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, said this in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency in Enugu on Saturday.
Agujiobi noted that the information of the death of one of the nurses that treated the Lassa fever deceased elderly woman “is false, unfounded and misleading’’.
“The public are advised to go about their normal duties ensuring that universal health precautions are observed,’’ he said.
The Permanent Secretary further explained that the ministry had constituted a Multi-Sectoral Rapid Response Team charged with the responsibility of containing and mitigating against the deadly Lassa fever menace.
“The death toll in Enugu has remained just one and by God’s grace, all the people that had direct and indirect contact with the index case has been line listed and are being monitored, totaling about 178.
“With 23 of them that had direct contact with the dead patient and their samples have been collected for hematological investigations.
“All hospitals in the state had been told to be on the watch and to make use of all protective and preventive measures.
“Bush burning should be discouraged for now. We may get cat pets to wade-off rodents. Avoid garbage and refuse close to the house to dispel rats and other rodents and ensure that all food stuffs are properly covered.
“Canned drinks, bottled/soda water should be properly washed before drinking; while all schools are encouraged to observe basic hand washing hygiene and use sanitisers,’’ he said.
Agujiobi said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had equally supported the state with some commodities; while Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had been doing everything possible to ensure that “this dreaded disease is well controlled’’.
He said: “The populace is therefore enjoyed NOT TO PANIC as the state government is poised in leaving no stone unturned to having a disease-free and healthy Enugu State.
“The public is equally informed to disregard any information not arising from Enugu State Ministry of Health; Enugu State Ministry of Information and the Federal Ministry of Health on any health issue’’.
NAN recalls that the ministry three days ago confirmed a case of Lassa fever, which reportedly killed a 75-year-old woman at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu
The deceased’s sample was taken to Virology Centre at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State and it was confirmed to be Lassa fever positive.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
FRSC doctorates 25 newly promoted officers in Nsukka
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Saturday decorated 25 newly promoted officers in Nsukka Unit Command.
Mr Kalu Ogbonnaya, the Enugu State Sector Commander of FRSC, at the decoration ceremony in Enugu, congratulated the officers and urged them to be more committed to their work.
The Sector Commander was represented by Assistant Corps Commander, Mr Salimon Alia.
“I congratulate all of you that are being decorated today with new ranks because not all that went through that promotion examination nationwide were successful.
“You must know that your elevation to new ranks calls for more commitment and dedication to work, because to whom much is given much is expected.
“FRSC expects that by your decoration with new ranks, you will also increase your productivity and your service to your fatherland,” he said.
Ogbonnaya commended the Commander of FRSC Nsukka Unit, Mr Shuaibu Bello, for his hard-work which he said made it possible for the officers to pass the recent promotion examination.
“There are some unit commands in the country where not up to five officers passed the last promotion examination and interview but in Nsukka, 25 officer are being decorated today with new ranks.
“I commend Nsukka Unit Commander for the hard-work and urged him to keep it up, “he said.
Bello earlier commended the officers of for their hard-work which he said made it possible for them to be promoted to new ranks.
“I share in your joy as you are being decorated with your new ranks today.
“Your promotion should spur you to work harder and rededicate yourselves to the service of your fatherland.
“l thank you all for representing Nsukka FRSC Unit Command in good light and urge you to keep it up, ” he said.
The unit commander expressed appreciation to FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, for his quality leadership and making the promotion and welfare of officers a priority of his administration.
Mr Lucky Okoro who was promoted from Root Commander (RC) to Superintendent Root Commander (SRC) expressed appreciation to God who made it possible.
Okoro promised to continue to put his best in serving the commission and the country.
“I thank God who made this promotion possible since every promotion comes from God.
“I will continue do my best in FRSC and in rendering service to my fatherland,” Okoro told Nigeria News Agency.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Isaac Aregbesolahttps://nnn.ng/frsc-doctorates-25-newly-promoted-officers-in-nsukka/