Mr Bassey Unaowo, the Team Leader of a six-member VCDP Project Completion Review team, stated this on Saturday at Omor in Ayamelum Local Government Area at the end of its five-day working visit to the state.
Unaowo said the programme achieved its aims and objectives of impacting on the lives of rural farmers by improving and increasing their productivity along rice and cassava value chains.
“Most of them confessed that the impacts of the support of the programme were the capacity building on the best agronomic practices, improved seedlings and inputs which resulted in improved productivity, family income and standard of living.
“Another area the programme impacted greatly was the construction of rural roads, especially to the major rice and cassava clusters,” the team leader said.
However, Unaowo stressed the need for improved relationship between beneficiaries and financial institutions, especially as it concerned early commencement of profiling for timely distribution of inputs.
“We also noticed that the situation in which the rice produced in the state are being branded in another bag for another state is not a good development.
“That is not helping the state. I have discovered that the state is producing so much rice but are not popular in rice production compared with Ebonyi.
“This is because people use other bags to package Anambra produced rice,” he said.
While commending the state government for ensuring prompt payment of counterpart funds, Unaowo reminded beneficiaries to ensure proper maintenance of the infrastructure provided by the programme.
In his remarks, the State Programme Coordinator of –VCDP, Mr Nnamdi Agwuncha, promised to discuss with the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing and Export on the issue of re-bagging of the rice produced in the state with foreign bags.
Mr Fidelis Onyia, a rice farmer and leader of the youth farmers’ group in Ayamelum local government area, who commended the programme for involving youths, said youths benefited from various trainings of the programme.
Onyia, who rated the programme 80 per cent, noted that the programme still had projects awaiting completion like the rice mill for farmers at Ayamelum as well as the landscaping of the project to ease spreading of rice.
He further appealed to the programme to ensure the completion of a borehole at the project site.
“In spite of the few projects awaiting completion, our product volume, sales and profit had skyrocketed above 100 per cent,” he stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team visited Udoka and Nnedimma rice mills at Omor, a 2.5 kilometres farm access road at Opetepe, Ifite-Ogwari leading to 50 hectares of cassava farm land and the W-13 farm land at Amikwe village at Omor in Ayamelum LGA.
Other places visited were, the 3.7 kilometers farm access road, a 25 hectares cassava farm and a cassava processing centre all in Umueri, Anambra East Local Government Area, among others.
The programme was signed between the federal government and IFAD in 2014 to support small scale rural farmers and improve farming in rural areas for rice and cassava value chains.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz
Baby survives, mother dies in Anambra building collapse — Police
The Police Command in Anambra has confirmed the rescue of a six-month-old baby from the wreckage of a storey building which collapsed at Obosi near Onitsha on Sunday.
The Command’s Spokesman, SP Haruna Mohammed, however, said in a statement, that the baby’s mother died in the incident while many others sustained injuries.
Mohammed, who said the incident occurred at about 4:00p.m., could not ascertain the identity of the deceased as at press time.
He said the corpse had been deposited at a morgue, while investigation was ongoing to ascertain the cause of collapse.
According to him, the scene had been cordoned-off by the police and other security agencies while efforts are ongoing to rescue other victims suspected to have been trapped inside the building.
He said: “On Sunday, one-storey building suddenly collapsed at Umuota village, Obosi town in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
“Scene was visited and cordoned off by the police attached to Obosi Division and other security agencies in order to prevent hoodlums from gaining advantage to loot, while effort is ongoing to rescue other victims suspected to have been trapped in the building.
“One person, a woman of about 40 years old, whose name is yet to be ascertained, was confirmed dead by a medical doctor and her baby is responding to treatment.
“Corpse deposited at St. Edward’s Mortuary for preservation.
“Case under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident,” Mohammed stated.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
22 parties allege exclusion in Bauchi polls, commission denies
Some 22 Political Parties in Bauchi State say their names and logos are omitted by the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) to participate in the state’s upcoming council poll.
However, the electoral umpire says it is untrue.
Alhaji Ahmed Aminu, Leader of the political parties Chairmen and state Chairman of the Young Democratic Party (YDP), levelled the allegation on Sunday in Bauchi.
He said that omission of their names and the logo would deny them the opportunity to participate in the forthcoming local government election and the by-election of the Dass constituency in the state Assembly.
Aminu lamented that in spite of frantic efforts to ensure the names and logos of their various political parties were captured in the ballot papers meant for the LGA election, none had yielded result.
He said that after the receipt of the order of the court of appeal that gave them victory, they approached BASIEC and submitted the court order for its attention. According to him, we also expressed our interest to participate in the forthcoming local council elections and the by-election for Dass constituency seat in the state Assembly.Aminu said that they were directed by BASIEC to furnish INEC and other channels with their requests, which they complied with.
“But neither INEC nor BASIEC has given us any feedback ahead of the Oct. 17, LGA election in the state,” he said. Aminu said that the council poll was fast approaching, adding that if the names and logos were not included, they would seek redress in court.
He commended the national leadership of the aggrieved 22 political parties for demanding that justice was served to the political parties.
They also lauded the appeal court judges led by their president, noting that the judgment that rekindled the hope of their parties, showed the judiciary was indeed the last hope of the common man.
“When we requested for names of political parties from INEC, they gave only 18 political parties that are registered with them and they are all participating in the local government area poll.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
Edo poll: Secondus, Peter Obi congratulate Obaseki
Uche Secondus, National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, have congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election.
Secondus, in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi, in Abuja on Sunday, also congratulated the Deputy Governor, Philip Shuaibu.
He described the PDP victory as a clear affirmation and demonstration of the people’s goodwill in appreciation of the outstanding performance of the governor and his deputy in their first term.
Secondus, while wishing the victors successful tenure, urged them to observe all the tenets of democracy and rule of law in the course of administering the state.
He commeded Edo people for standing up for democracy through their avowed determination to ensure that the will of the people and nobody else prevailed in their state.
“Edo people by their dogged display on Saturday were determined to take their collective destiny in their own hands and for this, PDP is proud of them,” he stated.
The PDP chairman also noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the various security operatives significantly played by the rules which he said reflected in the limited number of electoral cases.
Secondus, who said that the Saturday governorship election was far better than any previous elections under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to deepen democracy in the same way.
“We are standing on the euphoria of this to urge the President to sign the amended Electoral Act into law and carry out further electoral reforms that will engender peace and less interference in our electoral process.
“Also, we salute the gallantry of the APC, and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, for providing healthy challenges,” Secondus stated.
The PDP national chairman also commended the international community for their vital interests in the country’s democracy, urging them not to relent to endure the people’s will continues to prevail in all electoral circumstances.
He commended PDP members across the nation for their support, particularly the chairman and members of the party’s National Campaign Council.
Secondus, also commended Gov. Nysom Wike of Rivers state, Forum of PDP Governors, members of the Board of Trustees, members of the National Working Committee, and civil society groups.
On his part, Obi in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Valentine Obienyem, said that the victory was deserving and a true reflection and wish of the good people of Edo State.
The former governor of Anambra said that he saw the victory coming, given the good record of performance of Gov Obaseki in his first term.
“Democracy is when the people are allowed to determine who leads them after weighing the records of the candidates,” Obi said.
Obi, who was the PDP vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, urged Obaseki and his deputy to see their victory as a catalyst to do more for their people.
He also commended INEC and others who played roles in the election for playing by the rules, urging them to continue in the direction for sake of peace in Nigeria.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Wale Ojetimi
Gov. Umahi congratulates Obaseki; lauds electoral process
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his re-election following the release of the result by INEC of the just concluded governorship election.
Mr Francis Nwaze, the Special Assistant to Ebonyi Governor on Media and Publicity, released the congratulatory message to newsmen on Sunday in a statement from Abakaliki.
According to Umahi, though it was a keenly contested election, Obaseki’s re-election has again rekindled hope in the nation’s democracy.
He added that the re-election had also rekindled hope in the electoral process which allowed unhindered, the wishes and aspirations of the people to prevail.
The governor said that Obaseki’s electoral value and his capacity to deliver democratic dividends were fully acknowledged and accepted by Edo people.
Umahi urged the re-elected governor to remember not the former things, but propound approaches for greater Edo which unarguably underlie his re-election.
“I congratulate you on your well-deserved victory. Your re-election has confirmed your electoral appeal in Edo state.
“Remember not the former things, get to work and take Edo State to another greater heights.
“I am happy because your re-election has rekindled faith in the electoral process and our democracy,” he stated.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Peter Dada