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Keffi LG chairman advocates promotion of girl-child education



Alhaji Abdulrahman Maigoro, Executive Chairman, Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, has urged women and other Nigerians to give priority to education of their children, especially girl-child education.

Maigoro made the appeal in Keffi on Wednesday while hosting Zara Women Association from the local government area.

He said that the importance of education to societal development could not be over-emphasised, hence the need for parents to give it a topmost priority.

According to him, women and other Nigerians are urged to take the education of their children with all seriousness to enable them become better future leaders.

He described education as the best legacy parents and government should leave for the citizens.

“No country will achieve meaningful progress and development without sound education. That is why my government is giving adequate attention to the education sector.

“I have provided uniforms and distributed books to pupils in addition to payment of WAEC/NECO fees.

“This gesture was done to improve the standard of education and to assist the less privileged ones to have access to education,” he said.

Maigoro assured the women of his readiness to key into positive women empowerment programmes that would improve their standard of living.

He said that keying into women’s empowerment programmes would not only improve the standard of living of the women but would also improve their health status and that of their family members.

“I want to thank you for the visit and to assure you of my desire to key into more programmes that will improve your lives and your standard of living.

“Such programmes will also make you to be self-reliant and to contribute your quota to the development of the state and Nigeria at large,’’ he said.

Earlier, Hajiya Talatu Abubakar said that the visit was to reassure the chairman of their loyalty and support to enable him succeed. (NAN)


Edited by Adeleye Ajayi


Ondo Gov’s wife registers market women for democratic dividends



Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has commenced online registration of market women to ensure that they benefitted from the dividends of governance in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Akeredolu began the registration exercise on Saturday at Agagu market in Akure South and Ogbese in Akure North council areas of the state.

She said market women were crucial to the socioeconomic development of the society, adding that her visit to the markets was on how the present administration could make life more meaningful to the women.

“I understand the fact that there is a gap for government to reach out directly to the market women and this is the major reason of our visit to close the gap on why our market women are not getting what they are supposed to get from government.

“This present administration under the leadership of Gov. Akeredolu has rolled out millions of naira as soft loan to market women, but probably people cornered it,” he said.

She said the Office of the Eife of the Governor has trained people to register all the market women that would capture their details and totally avoid middlemen when reaching out to them.

Mrs Akeredolu noted that the recently launched Ondo Widow Cares Initiative was successful with the help of digital technology where all widows in the state got registered and got government benefits without bias of party affiliation.

The governor’s wife urged market women to register and again vote for continuity of Gov. Akeredolu to consolidate on his good programmes for the state and promised that government would not neglect them after the election.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Women Affairs, Mrs Toyin Akimoyo, appealed to the market women to support Gov. Akeredolu’s re-election having seen all the laudable projects executed in his first term in office.

Akinmoyo noted that Gov. Akeredolu had performed beyond measure in the area of infrastructure development, creating meaningful life for women and youths and regular payment of salary.

Mrs Akeredolu also visited Ayede Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area where the regent of the town, Alayede Ogbese, Catherine Akinyede, commended Gov. Akeredolu for rescuing the town from political marginalisation by making their son the council chairman in the just concluded LG election.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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Ondo 2020: Speaker receives SDP, ADC Councillorship candidates in Ifedore



The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun on Friday received SDP and ADC Councillorship candidates in the last LG election in Ifedore  into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The candidates thereafter endorsed the re-election of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu.

The politicians, who were from different political parties, according to Oleyelogun, would boost the re-election bid of Gov. Akeredolu in ifedore local government area.

The speaker said that the  governor’s rural and urban renewal projects, coupled with infrastructural development across the 18 council areas had greatly earned him much support from various political angles.

According to him, `to put all sentiment apart, Mr Governor has transformed the state for good within the short period of his first term in office.

He said that by his survey, no governor had been able to meet his standards since the creation of the state.

“Akeredolu is a grassroots politician who is at home with both the young and the old, men and women across the three senatorial districts of the state,” he said

The speaker received the new members and handed them over to the governor at the government house, Akure.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new members include: Gbadamosi Yakubu of Social Democractic Party (SDP) in Ilara Ward 2; Tope Adu of SDP in Ijare Ward 2; and Ojo Busola of Action Democractic Congress (ADC) in Igbara-Oke Ward 1.

Yakubu who spoke on behalf of the new members said the transformation agenda of Akeredolu was enough to earn him a second term in office.

He added that the governor’s efforts at transforming the state could not be underestimated.

He promised to mobilise his supporters to work assiduously for the re-election of Gov. Akeredolu for a second term in office.

“Our coming to APC is not as a result of financial inducement, rather we are driven by our conviction that you will perform,” he said.

Edited /Donald Ugwu
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Food security: Kaduna Govt assures of enabling environment for large scale farming



The Kaduna State Government says it has provided needed platforms and enabling environment to attract investments into large scale farming in the state.

The Parmanent Secretary, State Ministry of Agriculture, Malam Sabi’u Sani, made the disclosure during a crop yield assessment tour to selected farms in Makarfi Local government Area on Thursday.

“The state is bringing in large scale farmers to be responsible and have access to technologies especially by facilitating capacity building of their operations and linking them to markets.

“The operators will be supported to be able to serve other farmers to bridge the gap in terms of availability and accessibility of technology,” Sani said.

According to him, the state government is  committed towards attainment of food security through the application of technology for efficient crop yield.

“We will also increase the competence of the personnel that will handle the machines for them to deliver better value in terms of hours committed to work and durability of the equipments.

“We are reactivating our mechanical workshops and also looking for offers that are available by development financial institutions and create awareness for our farmers to key into the programmes.”

He urged farmers to acquire some of the basic facilities for their farming activities to increase the precision level of new blend fertilizer application for higher crop yield.

Sani said that acquiring modern facilities would minimise post harvest and wastages.

“I am convinced that the efforts of the government and development partners is working, as it is translating into healthier crops with optimism of bumper harvest.”

He appealed to farmers to embrace the use of modern farming methods that would add value to crop production and better livelihood.

The Permanent Secretary also tasked the farmers to leverage on certified technologies as demonstrated to them by the development partners and extension support team.

“We are also calling on you to report anything strange capable of causing problems to your farming activities.”

He said reporting strange happenings on their farms would enable the government to take  print action.

The official said such actions would ensure farmers engage in profitable crop production and marketing that would attract investments.

The Director of Agriculture, Makarfi LG, Malam Ahmad Balarabe, who received the team, said they had achieved so much in Agriculture through the AGRA initiatives.

“80 per cent of our local farmers have embraced the AGRA innitiative, we thank them and the Kaduna government for the support and opportunity to us.

“We are indeed going to have a bumper harvest from the manner our crops are growing”, Balarabe said.

A Community Based Facilitator at the local government,  Hajiya Halima Ibrahim, expressed happiness with the initiative.

“The innitiative brought to us by AGRA has really improved our yield, the process is also much easier and time saving, I planted my Soya beans using the drill planting method of 5cm spacing.

“The AGRA initiative has checked diseases and pests on the crops since I adopted the guidelines”, she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team also visited Pampaida in Ikara LG, Value Seed at Kudan LG and an Agro dealer in Makarfi before concluding the three days tour of selected farms.

NAN recalled that the Kaduna State Government and AGRA on Sept. 15, embarked on a three-day on-the-spot assessment of selected farms to evaluate the 2020 crop yields in the state.

The assessment is sequel to the application of AGRA supported new research-based fertiliser blend to improve crop yields in the state.

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Food security: AGRA wants Kaduna Govt. to provide irrigation facilities for farmers



Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), on Tuesday at a field visit to Taka, Kubau Local Government, Kaduna state, appealed to the state government to provide irrigation facilities to rural farmers.

Dr. Esther Ibrahim of AGRA, made the appeal during a field visit to assess crops yield in some selected farms in parts of the state.

Ibrahim said providing modern irrigation facilities to farmers would  enhance dry season farming that would guarantee food security.

She said that AGRA is working with some selected state governments to transform the Agriculture sector to increase crop yields using a research based new fertilizer blend.

“Here we are, together with the Comissioner inspecting what AGRA is doing in the farm system level where we work with research institutes, NEARLS,  the North West Agro Dealers Associations, feed companies among others to reach out to farmers.

“What we do in partnership with all these institutions is to achieve a food secured Nigeria and to see that farmers are able to feed and take care of their needs,” she said.

Ibrahim explained that AGRA, through a learning platform, engaged Community Based Facilitators (CBFs) who work with government extension agents to encourge teaching and learning and thereby close the extension worker-farmer ratio gap.

“Learning and teaching the new techniques would enable it spread and guide farmers to be able to get the quality inputs and knowledge they need for better yield.

“The farmers are also talking about dry season farming, the Comissioner will report what she has seen to the Governor and they will come in to support as  the irrigation facilities would help them farm all year through,” Ibrahim said.

The Comissioner for Agriculture, Hajiya Halima Lawal who led the assessment team, commended the farmers for accepting AGRA’s new methods of production for higher crop yields.

She assured the farmers of government’s support and urged them to reciprocate the gesture by disseminating the new knowledge to other farmers.

Also speaking, Mr Victor Adejoh, the Country Director, Synergos Nigeria, said that the capacity building from AGRA was yielding positive outcomes.

“The good outcomes is evident that trust building works,” Adejoh said.

Kauna John, a Community Based Facilitator (CBF) at Taka, Kubau LG, said they used to grow rice on high land but now on low land which yields better.

“People are asking me to keep the seed after harvest for them to replant next year, the rice is so qualitative and easy to cultivate,” she said.

“We have gained a lot from this system, we are not going back to our old methods”, she said.

She thanked the Comissioner and AGRA for the initiative and the visit even as she urged them for more support to farmers to enhance their production.

Also, Mr  Benjamin Williams, a farmer,  said that when AGRA came with some of the initiatives to the community, he took it as joke.

“I started believing in the initiative when the rice I planted began to grow and yield rapidly and everybody began to envy it.

“We usually spray the rice seedlings but the one introduced to us by AGRA was planted in the ground, it is easy to cultivate and have much grains, this is the change we have been craving for”, Williams said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team also visited Anchau and an Agro dealer at Hayin Mama and Barida Community.

Recalled that the Kaduna State Government and AGRA on Sept. 15, embarked on a three-day on-the-spot assessment of selected farms to evaluate the 2020 crop yields in the state.

The assessment is sequel to the application of AGRA funded  new research based Fertiliser blend to improve crop yields in the state.

Edited Shuaib Sadiq/ Maharazu Ahmed
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