Strengthening ADPs for sustainable food security in Nigeria Strengthening ADPs for sustainable food security in Nigeria By Oboh Linus, News Agency of Nigeria Globally, food security has become an issue that raises concern especially in recent times with its attendant consequences: hunger, malnutrition, poverty, inflation, among others.
Recently, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that about 19.
4 million people will face food insecurity across Nigeria between June and August, 2022.
It is also estimated that food crisis in Nigeria will affect 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The report also notes that about 14.
4 million people, including 385, 000 IDPs in 21 states and the FCT are already hit by food crisis as at May, 2022.
Analysts attribute the current food crises in Nigeria to the neglect of small scale farming and over emphasis of cash crops production and the oil sector.
Indeed, the Agricultural Development Programmes (ADPs) were established in 1972 across the federation in order to bring about agricultural programmes and policies closer to small scale farmers in the rural areas.
It is on record that the success of the pilot scheme of the programme in few states led to its adoption and expansion nationwide by 1984.
The ADPs undertake all possible measures including partner relevant organisations to ensure timely and adequate supply of quality inputs and services, such as fertilisers, seeds, pesticides, agricultural implements to rural farmers.
Stakeholders advocate improved funding of the ADPs in order to boost food production and escape from the current food crisis.
They opined that the viability of ADPs depend largely on the strength of extension delivery system and stressed the need for government at all levels to recruit more extension agents to sustain education of small scale farmers on how to use the farm inputs made available to them.
“They need to be properly informed of the introduction of new improved crops and seedlings, different kinds of fertilisers and their uses as well as timeliness of use, the storage systems under which different post- harvest farm produce can survive over a relatively long period of time,” they opined.
Mr Emmanuel Alanana, Chairman, Programme Managers Forum of Nigeria, says the role of ADPs in Nigeria is largely about extension delivery system, which targets small scale farmers to ensure food sustainability and security.
Alanana asserted that small scale farmers who constituted larger population of farmers in Nigeria are the ones feeding the country.
Alanana who is also the Programme Manager of Nasarawa State Agriculture Development Programme said that ADPs have been facing many challenges.
He listed them as: Poor funding, inadequate staff, lack of operational vehicles to ease movement of extension agents, shortage of extension agents across the states.
“On an ideal situation, one extension agent is supposed to work with 800 farmers or at most 1000 farmers, but today as I speak to you now, the gap is so wide that one extension agent is working with about 15,000 to 20,000 farmers, so efficiency is not there.
“Other challenges are lack of funding and mobility; in those days as long as you are an extension agent, you are entitled to mobility.
“But today we are finding it difficult because all these things are lacking.
“For Nigeria to overcome the current food challenges, both federal and states governments have to move quickly and give more attention to agriculture, particularly funding ADPs,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government to collaborate with state governments to formulate policies to reinvigorate the ADPs and also regularly make inputs available to them.
“I’m calling on the federal and the state governments to fund ADPs, employ extension workers and provide mobility for them to ease their movement,” he appealed.
Mrs Grace Ede, Nasarawa State ADP Director of Extension, stressed that extension delivery system is the core mandate of ADPs. According to her, ADPs cannot exist without extension workers to carry out extension delivery function.
Ede said that the Nasarawa State ADP recently partnered United Nations Development Programme, with the assistant of Nasarawa State Government to distribute farm inputs to 400 farmers who were affected by farmers and herders crises in the state.
” Extension delivery system in Nasarawa State has been facing a lot of challenges, ranging from inadequate staff to mobility, we are supposed to have at least 200 extension agents, but I as speak to you now, we have just about 60 or thereabouts extension workers, this is inadequate to function optimally.’’ Ede recalled that ADP’s last recruitment in the state was during the administration of former Gov. Aliyu Akwe-Doma, between 2007 and 2011 where 150 workers were recruited.
He noted that since then, there was no employment again till date.
Ede, while commending Gov. Abdullahi Sule for various support extended to ADP, appealed to the state government to employ more workers for ADP.
He said that employment of more workers will enable ADP to discharge its core mandate of extension delivery system effectively.
Mr Nuhu Oshafu, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, says the state is leaving no stone unturned to ensure food security.
He said that the state government recently distributed farm implements and inputs at subsidised rate to farmers for both dry and wet seasons farming.
The agriculture commissioner said plans are under way to solve the manpower needs of the ADP to enable it live up to its mandate.
Oshafu said that the government has always provided enabling environment that afforded the ministry the opportunity to interface with donors agencies, as well as pay counterpart funds that paved way to assist farmers buy farm inputs.
“In January, the state secured 10 trucks load of fertilisers and other farm inputs for dry season farming.
“ They were distributed to farmers at subsidised rate; similarly government secured 34 and half trucks load of fertilisers in April for wet season farming, which were distributed to farmers in the state,” he said.
The commissioner also said that the state government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) to provide N12 billion loan to civil servants to enable them venture into farming to boost food production.
Oshafu reiterated that the state government was committed to making the agriculture sector backbone of the state economy.
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Cambodia’s anti-drug police have arrested a foreigner for allegedly possessing and trafficking illicit drugs, confiscating more than 45 kilograms of illicit drugs.
The Anti-Drug Police Department (ADP) said in a news release on Monday.
According the police, the 33-year-old man was caught during a raid on his three condo rooms and one hotel room in capital Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district on earlier on Thursday after a probe for several months.
“Some 24.3 kilograms of ketamine, 14 kilograms of crystal meth, 7.15 kilograms of ecstasy, and 144 grams of nimetazepam were seized from the suspect during the raid,’’ the ADP said.
The Southeast Asian country has no death sentence for a drug trafficker; under its law, a person found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of illicit drugs could be jailed for life.
According to the ADP, Cambodia nabbed 7,654 drug suspects, including 99 foreigners, during the January-June period of 2022, confiscating 3.12 tons of illicit drugs and 185 tons of drug ingredients.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 12 political parties nominated candidates to vie for the governorship seat in the 2023 general election in Ebonyi.
Dr Joseph Chukwu, INEC’s Residential Electoral Commissioner disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Abakaliki.
He added that 16 registered political parties also fielded candidates for the 24 House of Assembly seats in the 2023 election.
He said that the list of participating political parties and their candidates would be pasted at the various Local Government Area (LGA) offices of the commission in line with the Electoral law.
The REC urged candidates for the election to verify their names at their respective LGAs. He listed the names of the political parties that nominated governorship candidates in Ebonyi to include; Action Alliance (AA), African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP), All Progressives Congress (APC), and the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA).
Others include; People’s Democratic (PDP), Labour Party (LP), New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) among others.
Chukwu also listed the 16 political parties that nominated candidates for Ebonyi State House of Assembly seats as follows: AA (24 candidates), ADC (23 Candidates), ADP ( 24 Candidates), APC (24 Candidates), APGA (24 Candidates).
Others are APM (three Candidates), All People’s Party (four Candidates), BP (1 Candidate), LP (24 Candidates), and NNPP (24 Candidates).
Other political parties are NRM (24 Candidates), PDP (24 Candidates), PRP (1 Candidate), PSDP (6 Candidates), and Zenith Labour Party (14 candidates) among others.
The REC further explained that a total of 245 State House of Assembly candidates would participate in the 2023 general elections in Ebonyi.
On the ongoing registration, the REC urged eligible residents of Ebonyi yet to register or update their voter registration to use the window period to do so, as there might not be any further extension after the July 31, deadline.
Chukwu also disclosed that online registration in Ebonyi tentatively stood at 274, 376, while complete registration stood at 336,412 as of July 18, 2022.
The REC said the final number of registered voters would soon be published by the Commission.
“Collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) is ongoing at the various INEC LGA offices in Ebonyi.
“Those who are yet to collect theirs are equally advised to visit our LGA offices where they registered to collect theirs personally as there is no collection by proxy,” Chukwu said.
Mr Etim Bassey, Programme Manager, Cross River Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), has raised the alarm that food security plans of state and Federal Governments are being threatened by inadequate extension agents.
Bassey stated this when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Sunday.
He said that unless something urgent was done to address the situation, the lofty plans of both government to enhance food security might turn out to be a wishful one.
He particularly pointed out that the problem had degenerated to the level where some states, particularly in the South, had a ratio of one agent to 7,000 farmers.
“This is against the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommendation of ratio one to 800 farmers.
“In Cross River for instance, we have 60 extention agents servicing over 600,000 farm families and the last time an agent was employed in the state was in the 90s,” he said.
He said that the depletion of extention agents was due to retirement and deaths.
The programme manager noted that a department, established in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to help address the challenge, had not helped matters.
Bassey decried paucity of fund as a major challenge of ADPs in the country and noted that Implementation of government’s policies on agriculture would not yield the desired results if ADP was continually being bypassed by the governments.
According to him: “ADP was set up to transfer technology to the farmers through demonstration and trials of the value chains of agriculture; it is regrettable that ADP is not being strengthened to do this.
“If not for the Federal Government, ADP would have been history since 1995 when the World Bank hands off the programme.
“Aside the challenges of fund, infrastructure and mobility, we have had governments, worst of it is that governments no longer use ADPs for the implications of their agricultural policies.”
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Ademola Adeleke wins own polling unit , confident of victory Osun 2022: Sen.
Ademola Adeleke wins own polling unit, confident of victory Adeleke By Joshua Oladipo Ede (Osun ), July 16, 2022 (NAN ) The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate in Osun, Sen.
Ademola Adeleke, has won his polling unit at the ongoing election in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) reports that Adeleke who cast his vote in ward 2 , unit 9 , Abogunde area, in Ede North Local Government, polled 218 votes to defeat the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Gov.
Gboyega Oyetola , who polled 23 votes .
NAN further reports that the Accord Party had only one vote at Ward 2, unit 9 at Abogunde area, in Ede North.
Adeleke had earlier cast his vote at 8:39 a.m, at ward 2 polling unit 9 in Ede North, under tight security and confidence of winning the election.
Also, Ede north has a total registered voter of 71,750 for the governorship election, with 151 polling units and 11 registration areas, while Ede South has 54, 880 registered voters, with 89 polling units and 10 registration areas.
The governorship candidates for the election are Gov.
Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC, Sen.
Ademola Adeleke, PDP and Oyegoke Omigbodun, Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Other key candidates are Dr Akin Ogunbiyi of Accord (A); Mr Yusuf Lasun, Labour Party (LP ); Munirudeen Atanda, Action Democratic Party ( ADP) and Busuyi Ayowole, Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
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Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Saturday, won the election at his polling unit at Unit 2, Ward 1, LA Primary School Popo, Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of Osun, polling 545 votes out of a total 622 valid votes cast.
INEC ad hoc official that announced the results, Presiding Officer, Valentine Awoegbe, gave the breakdown of the results as : Accord party-one vote, AAT-one vote, ADP- five votes and YPP- one vote.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came a distant second with 69 votes while eight votes were voided.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that voting at the polling unit, that had 1,457 registered voters, ended at about 3:23 p.m when the last person in the queue cast her vote.
Sorting of the ballots, however, commenced at 3:37 p.m in the presence of political party agents and voters waiting around to hear the outcome of the vote count.
The counting later started by 4:25 p.m. with the final results announced by 4:55 p.m. Gov.
Gboyega Oyetola of Osun and his wife Kafayat, had earlier been to the polling unit to cast their votes, with the governor commending the turnout of the electorate at the polling unit.
Oyetola, however, admonished INEC to provide more Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines for the polling centre, because of the number of registered voters at the area, saying it would make the voting process faster
Mr Yabagi Sani, Action Democratic Party (ADP) presidential candidate for 2023 poll, said he picked Pastor Okey Udo as his running mate because he possessed professional skills in proffering financial solutions.
Sani said this on Monday in Abuja when Udo led some ADP members to pay him homage on the occasion of the 2022 Eid-Mubarak.
Sani said that Udo had shown his professionalism in handling the party’s funds as the National Treasurer and had proffered outstanding financial solutions in the party.
“The essence of what governance is all about is not only to form a government but to also have governance.
“Governance comes when you have people at the helms of affairs who have knowledge with track records and people that have that sense of organisation which comes with professionalism.
“Udo is a professional from his own background. I’m also a professional by my own calling. So when you bring two people like that together, it will be remarkable.
“This country requires this kind of team because we need to re-engineer Nigeria in terms of productivity, focus and in terms of the economic great leap forward that we require in Nigeria.
“We need somebody with financial background that can help us with the figures.
“As engineers, ours is to create, design, implement; but we need somebody who has good control of figures to support us and make sure that we do not make mistakes,” he said.
Sani said that having a financial expert as Vice President was best for the nation’s economy.
He said that a financial expert would not only put to end the nations dwindling and declining economic state, but would also put to end future borrowings by proffering internal means of generating revenue.
“For example in balancing our budgets in this country, I do not know if we ever think of balancing it, it is always deficit upon deficit and that is why we are where we are today.
“If you have to borrow to finance your budgets, you are in ruins, you are in big problem, because you cannot fund the activities required, especially those things you need.
“But the moment the government comes out of deficit, Nigerians will be lucky to have this team, the team that will sanitise government,” he said.
Sani said that his team when elected in 2023 would control the economic statistics like the GDP growth, inflation, high unemployment figures for the betterment of Nigerians.
Responding, Udo appreciated Sani for picking him as running mate and prayed that they emerge victorious at the polls and move the party to its next level.
Udo also appreciated him for being a good religious and political role model to him, to the party executives and other party members, promising to partner him to achieve the party’s vision of being the next government.
“Other people, other parties have gone there and separated but we shall work together to liberate Nigeria come 2023,” he said.
Action Democratic Party (ADP) has coined a slogan “Sanitising Nigeria” in readiness for 2023 general elections campaigns. Mr Yabagi Sani, ADP presidential candidate and National Chairman, said this on Monday in Abuja while speaking at an interactive with newsmen to celebrate Eid-el Kabir. Sani said that the country had been through so much vices and there was need to clean and sanitise the country against corrupt and bad leadership. “Eid-Mubarak is a period of togetherness, sacrifice and humility and it is a time for us as Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of sacrifice, patience and humility. “We know we have been through a lot as a people, we have suffered extreme insecurities, corruption by evil men, but ADP is coming to sanitise Nigeria. “Having a team like Pastor Udo and I as president and vice president, we will change the narrative of our nation. “And ahead of 2023 and in readiness of party campaigns, l think it is safe to say that ADP is coming to sanitise Nigeria. “So when we say ADP, our response should be sanitise Nigeria, because we are coming to sanitise Nigeria truly,” he said. He urged Nigerians to have faith and be patient with humility for the next government, which he expressed optimism would be an ADP-led administration. He advised the current All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government and leaders across spheres to display the fear of God and show Nigerians that they really cared about them. This, he said, would make Nigerians begin to believe more in them and have more faith in God and their leadership. He also urged the Muslims to embrace other religions noting that there is a similar aspect in all religions, which is God. Sani said that there was need to constantly remind Nigerians that the source of the two major religions in the country was one as both religions shared many similarities. “If you look at all of us by coincidence and by Gods own grace, we are people of prayer and faith. “It is just that in everything that we do, we have some people that exploit things and make it to look different from what exactly it is. “But if we are to understand the two religions, there will be no need to fight because each religion picks one aspect of one God and emphasises it and tries to see how it can uplift and popularise it. According to him, they ensure that more and more people come to accept the idea of one God, which is the whole essence of religion. “So, Christianity is not different from Islam, and Islam is not different from Judaism; all are preaching one God and that is the most important thing in all the things we do,” he said. NewsSourceCredit: NAN
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Mr Yabagi Sani, Presidential Candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), has picked Pastor Okey Udo, as his running mate for the 2023 general elections. Sani, also National chairman, ADP said this at a ceremony on Thursday in Abuja. “We are here to witness the performance of a ceremony highlighting the ADP’s fulfilment of a constitutional requirement which makes it mandatory for presidential and governorship candidates to be paired with running mates. “From among the many eminently qualified members of the party, Pastor Okey Udo was unanimously chosen by all in the selection panel in recognition of his outstanding qualities. “His track record of dedicated and selfless commitment to the party over the years and with the comportment and dispositions of someone who lives true to his calling as a Cleric. “Pastor Okey Udo, also as the National Treasurer of the party, has the uncommon traits of prudence, probity, and honesty in the management of the finances and other assets in his custody,” he said. Sani added:“ Especially in a climate where brazen corruption and mindlessness looting of the nation’s treasury have become endemic. “Nigerians of his discipline and integrity have become rare and precious commodity to be treasured, encouraged, and elevated to positions of leadership.” Speaking, Udo expressed joy at the development. “I am profoundly thankful to the good Lord for finding me fit and suitable to be bestowed with the privilege and honour to serve as the Vice Presidential candidate of our great party in the nation’s 2023 general elections. “For recognizing and singling me out of the multitude of options available, I thank very immensely our indefatigable, visionary, dynamic, and motivational leader, the National Chairman, and the Presidential standard-bearer of our party. “I have come a long way, working under your able leadership in our chosen project of building a credible political vanguard based on the genuine foundation of democracy, national integration, unity, peace, security, stability, and prosperity of our beloved country. “And having worked at close range with you for as long as all these years, I promise to deliver on my mandate as Vice President when elected,” he said. He thanked the party National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee for the love and confidence shown by unanimously supporting his selection as the presidential running mate. NewsSourceCredit: NAN