Agriculture

Food security: NGO distributes farm implements in Nasarawa

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Presenting the items in Karu on Saturday, the donor, Mr Stephen Narai said the gesture was to complement Federal Government’s agricultural policy towards attaining national food security.

He urged the beneficiaries to use the implements to boost agricultural activities that would facilitate food production in the state and the country at large.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items distributed were 80 sprayers, 150 bags of  hybrid maize, 50 cartons of herbicides and 22 bags of fertiliser, among others.

According to him, the scheme is a Karu-based NGO saddled with the responsibility of assisting farmers with agricultural tools to support agricultural activities in the area.

“No farms no food, no food no nation! We aim at focusing on how to address challenges farmers face in terms of provision of tools that can help.

“To encourage farmers improve their farming system as well as to generate income that will make them self-reliant, hence the importance of agriculture to societal development cannot be overemphasised,’’ he said.

Narai assured farmers of the organisation’s readiness to continue to support agricultural policies and programmes that would boost food security in the country.

Speaking at the event, former ASUU chairman, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Dr K’tso Nghargbu, commended the donor for donating the items.

He called on the beneficiaries to make use of the implements as expected to enable them have bumper harvest.

Responding on behalf other beneficiaries, Malam Usman Suleiman and Ms Blessing Amos, commended the organisation for the support and promised to utilise them properly to boost their farming activities.

NAN also reports that the event had in attendance the Deputy Speaker, Youth Assembly of Nigeria, Nasarawa State Chapter, Mr Shuaibu San; the President, National Youth Council of Nigeria, FCT chapter, Mr Umar Jijiwa; and former Overseer of Karshi Development Area, Mr Adamu Abdullahi, among others.


Edited By: Abigael Joshua/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Defence/Security

New NSCDC Commandant assumes duty in Minna

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Mr Haruna Zurmi, the new Commandant of  the Niger Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assumed duty in Minna.


The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASCI Nasiru Abdullahi, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Minna.

According to him, Zurmi takes over from Mr George Edem who has been redeployed to Edo as Commandant.

He said that the new commandant urged officers and men of the command to be resilient in intelligence gathering and to be committed to their duties.

The spokesman said that the new commandant also reiterated his readiness to work round the clock to tackle crimes in the state.

He also called on officers and men of the command to stand up to their responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEMA distributes relief materials to flood victims in Kebbi

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Wednesday, distributed relief materials to victims of flood disaster in some major communities of Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi.


Distributing the items, the Director- General of NEMA, AVM Mohammed Muhammad, said the  Federal Government approved the distribution of the materials.

Muhammad, who was represented by the Head of Planning, Research and Forecasting Unit, NEMA Sokoto Operations Office, Tukur Abubakar said the relief materials consists of food stuff, building materials and other household items.

He said the items distributed he said are: 349 bags of beans, 349 bags each of rice and guinea corn, 36 kegs of vegetable oil, 58 cartons of seasoning, 29 cartons of tin tomatoes and 18 bags of salt.

Others, he said, are 698 pieces each of mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and wax prints, 600 bags of cement, 600 bundles of roofing sheets, 70 bags of nails and 140 packets of zinc nails.

Earlier, Rep. Bello Kaoje (APC, Bagudo/Suru), commended NEMA for the timely intervention to alleviate the suffering of the affected victims.

Also speaking, the Chairman of SEMA, Alhaji Sani Dododo, attributed this year’s flooding in the state to high rainfall, which led to the discharge of water from Goronyo dam in Sokoto state and Bakolori dam in Zamfara.

Dododo said that the flood resulted to the death of many people and destruction of farmlands and houses in communities along Rima River.

He appealed to the federal government, NGOs and individuals to assist the flood victims. .

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Covenant University appoints Williams as Acting Vice- Chancellor

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The Board of Regents, Covenant University, Ota, has appointed Prof. Akan Williams as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution.


Mr Attat Emmanuel, Information Officer of the Institution, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ota.

“The appointment of Williams was approved on Tuesday, following the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Atayero.

“Williams was born on Feb. 16, 1970 in Calabar, Cross River State, he is a native of Itoko, Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Area (LGA)  of Akwa Ibom.

“He is a Fellow of Chemical Society of Nigeria; a former Chairman, Ogun Chapter, Chemical Society of Nigeria; member, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria; member, Royal Society of Chemistry and a member American Chemical Society among others,” he said.

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Ex-CBN director lauds CBN on benchmark interest rate reduction

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Dr Titus Okunrounmu, a former director, Budgetary Department of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has commended the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Apex Bank for reducing Benchmark Interest Rate (BIR) from 12.5 per cent to 11.5 per cent.


Okunrounmu made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Ota, Ogun on Wednesday.

NAN reports that Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, on Tuesday in Abuja announced after the two-day meeting of the MPC that the BIR would be reduced from 12.5 per cent to 11.5 per cent.

Others monetary policy instruments like the Cash Reserve Ratio and Liquidity Ratio are retained at 27.5 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.

NAN also reports that this would be the second times that the MPC would be reducing BIR this year.

The former CBN director said that the MPC’s decision to cut the BIR was a better and welcome development that would encourage private investment in the country.

“If there is massive investment in the country, economic activities will pick up and boost employment opportunity,’’ he said.

He said that the nation was currently experiencing a huge unemployment.

Okunrounmu adding that the Federal Government needed to address this problem in order to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable economic development.

He remarked that CBN was trying to bring down the nation’s inflation rate as 2020 budget was based on deficit financing, which might likely lead to inflation.

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