Mr Yabaji Sani, Chairman of the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and National Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), has emerged the presidential candidate of the party.
He was declared as the ADP presidential flag bearer at the Special National Convention of the party on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mr Tasiru Abdulrahman, Chairman ADP Electoral Panel, said that Sani was chosen by consensus.
He said that Sani chosen after he was screened and confirmed to have met all necessary requirements for the 2023 presidential election.
“Based on the notice we gave out to all the chapters of the party, Sani uploaded all his personal particulars as presidential aspirant of the party on the party’s portal.
“And he was screened successfully and the screening committee has submitted its report.
“The committee’s report stated that the aspirant was able to meet the minimum conditions to run as presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 general elections.
“And up till now, there has not been any other submission by anybody else to contest and based on that the convention is now requesting to ratify this very aspirant as the sole candidate running for the party,” he said.
Responding, Sani appreciated the party for giving him the presidential ticket for 2023 general elections.
“The consensus is a great favour because if we go into 2023 without anybody to contest for president, our name will not be on the ballot.
“And those who are familiar with the election process at that level will tell you that running for other positions without a presidential candidate are the fastest way to kill a party.
“Because in the national discuss no mention of the name of the party will be made.
“So that is why I believe it is a great favour we have done for our party and for ourselves,” he said.
He promised to live up to expectations by upholding the party’s mandate and adhering to its rules in the 2023 poll.
Mr Alex Maiyanga, Chairman, Convention Planning Committee, congratulated the presidential candidate for accepting to feature at the 2023 poll.
He said that the convention was in line with the party’s constitution, the new Electoral Act and the 1999 Constitution.
“The convention is in adherence to Article 19 of our constitution and after this convention, ADP will be placed in the correct position to take power at all levels of governance come 2023.
“It is a mile stone, very important and strategic in the annals of the history of our great party and we have proven to the world that we are people of books, knowledge, wisdom and understanding,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was witnessed by officials of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), security agents and party
Cambodia arrests 4 foreigners over illicit drugs
Phnom Penh, May 26, 2022 Cambodia’s anti-drug police have arrested a group of four foreigners for manufacturing, possessing and trafficking over 40 kilograms of illicit drugs, the country’s Anti-Drug Police Department (ADP) said.
The police on Thursday said the four men were arrested at two secretive drug labs, with one of them in mango farms in western Kampong Speu province while the other at a condo in capital Phnom Penh.
According to ADP, the four were arrested on May 19 after an investigation for more than two months.
The police added that a total of 40.5 kilograms of ketamine and 1.42 tonnes of its ingredients were confiscated from the suspects during the raids.
“A large number of equipment used for manufacturing and packaging drugs as well as 11.5 tonnes of chemicals thought to be used for producing drugs were also impounded.
“On May 18, the kingdom caught a group of three foreigners in Phnom Penh and in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk, seizing a total of 30.4 kilograms of heroin, ecstasy, crystal methamphetamine, methamphetamine, ketamine and nimetazepam.’’
The Southeast Asian nation had no death sentence for drug traffickers.
Under its law, someone found guilty of trafficking more than 80 grams of drugs could be jailed for life.
The ADP said, Cambodia nabbed 4,602 drug suspects, including 66 foreigners, during the first four months of 2022, confiscating 1.55 tonnes of illicit drugs and 173 tonnes of ingredients. (
Farmers in the South-East geopolitical zone have urged the Federal Government to supply subsidised fertilizers and other farm inputs directly to their associations to end the unwholesome activities of middlemen in the region.
They made the plea in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, while reacting to the activities of middlemen in the distribution of agriculture inputs, especially fertilizers.
The farmers said that in spite of the subsidy on fertilizers by the Federal Government, they were still buying the product from the open markets at exorbitant prices.
Commenting, Prof. Charles Asadu of the Department of Soil Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), said that middlemen were making it difficult for real farmers to access the government subsidised fertilizers.
Asadu, who is the South-East Coordinator, Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS), said it was painful that majority of farmers were buying fertilizers from the open markets at exorbitant prices, because they have no access to the subsidised fertilizers.
“The problem is that the middlemen allow those I call ‘political farmers’ to come and buy fertilizers at cheap prices and then, resell them at high price to traders in the open markets.
“Middlemen and this political farmers are making brisk businesses yearly from the government subsidised fertilizers and farm inputs meant for farmers in the country,” he said.
The coordinator said that high cost of fertilizers was one of the reasons responsible for hike in prices of food items in the market.
“A bag of fertiliser is being sold now in open market between N28,000 and N30,000 per 50kg bag, as against between N10,000 and N15,000 sold in 2021.
“So, a farmer will add the cost of fertilizer to determine how much to sell harvested food items.
“For the prices of food items and vegetables to come down, government should put measures in place that will ensure that farmers have access to subsidised fertilizers,” he said.
The agriculture expert said that one of the ways government could solve the unwholesome activities of middlemen was to supply fertilizers and other subsidised farm inputs directly to the farmers associations.
“Government can also build warehouses in Faculties of Agriculture in tertiary institutions in the country as a point of sale for subsidised fertilizers to farmers, so that sales will be supervised and monitored by the faculty,” he said.
Also, Mr Victor Eze, a cassava famer, alleged that middlemen were using the government subsidised fertilizers to enrich themselves as they were selling the product to traders in open markets at high cost.
“Since I started farming in 2013, I have not benefited from the so-called government subsidised fertilizers; each time you go to their offices to buy, they will tell you that it has finished.
“If government wants to achieve food security, as well as bring down the high cost of food items in the market, it should eliminate middlemen and supply subsidised fertilizers and farm inputs directly to farm associations in the country,” Eze said.
In Imo, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Berth Okorochukwu, said that the delay by the Federal Government to disburse subsidized fertilizers to state government was the reason why farmers were buying fertilizers at exorbitant rates.
Okorochukwu said till date, the state Ministry of Agriculture has yet to take delivery of the Federal Government subsidized fertilizers.
He said: “I have been in contact with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. They have not given us any and that is what has led to the high cost of fertilizers in the market.”
Okorochukwu, however, said that middlemen were selling fertilizers at exorbitant price because they also bought at a higher rate.
The commissioner said as soon as the ministry took delivery of the subsidized fertilizers, it would be distributed to farmers at a subsidized rate.
“I have scheduled with the state Chairman of All Farmers Association, as soon as we receive the fertilizers, I will contact him immediately for distribution,” he said.
Meanwhile, some farmers in the state have urged the three tiers of government to distribute farm inputs directly to the targeted beneficiaries rather than through middlemen.
Mrs Udoka Chibuzor, a Poultry Farmer, said this would make for faster access to inputs as well as ensure timely production of agricultural products.
On his part, Mr Chukwudi Patrick, a small scale cucumber farmer, decried what he described as “unnecessary difficulty” in accessing inputs through the middlemen.
Patrick, while commending the Federal Government for providing virile seeds for cucumber farmers in some parts of the country, however, said that some of the seeds had almost gone bad by the time the farmers could access them.
He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to work out the modalities for direct access to beneficiaries of farm inputs rather than through middlemen.
Also, Mr Alphonsus Chimezie, a rice farmer, said that some uninformed farmers had blamed government for the inflated costs of inputs, a situation, which he said, was presenting the government in bad light.
Also, Mr Romanus Eze, the Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Enugu State Chapter, said that many farmers in the state had never benefitted from the government’s subsidised agricultural inputs.
“We do not know if there are Federal Government subsidised fertilizers, because we farmers in Enugu have not seen or received any.
“Most of the inputs from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture do not get to the end users, because we, the organised farmers, are not being informed and involved.
“The Ministry officials make use of politicians at the local government areas of the state, who always share the inputs to their relatives and the rest becomes history,” Eze said.
In his remarks, Chief Israel Amanze, the Programme Manager, Abia Agriculture Development Programme (ADP), said the state government would soon roll out an intervention scheme to assist farmers to procure fertilizers at reasonable price.
Amanze said the initiative would help to boost productivity in agriculture and enhance food security in the state.
“We are presently making arrangements to source fertiliser for farmers from different areas.
“We shall sell them at a price that will be a little less than what they will get from the open market,” Amanze said.
According to him, the initiative will serve as a platform to bring standard and quality fertilizers within the reach of farmers, especially those practicing subsistence farming.
The ADP manager said that middlemen were not entirely the cause of the exorbitant price of the commodity.
He said that middlemen were also purchasing the commodity at a high price and needed to cover the cost, plus their profit.
Amanze said that the Federal Government, through the Presidential Fertilizers Initiative, subsidised the production of fertilizers in the country.
He said that the subsidy helped to stabilise the price of fertilizer between N7,000 and N9,500 per bag.
Amanze, however, regretted that the recent global price hike seemed to have eroded the effect of the subsidy.
He described the situation as worrisome and called for urgent action by the government.
“Everybody is appealing for Federal Government’s immediate intervention to force down the price of the commodity.
“We must also realise that Russia and Ukraine, where we get some of the major raw materials for fertiliser production, are locked up in a war.
“This is largely the major factor for the present skyrocketing price of the commodity,” he further said.
Commenting, Mr Samson Oguntoye, the Notore Chemical Industries Plc, Regional Manager, South, for Agronomy and Extension Services in Abia, expressed concern over the cost of fertilizer and other farm inputs.
According to him, urea fertilizer prices in the retail market are between N16,500 and N18,000 in the South-East and South-South as against N10,000 and N15,000 sold in 2021.
He said that a bag of NPK 20:10:10, which cost between N12,000 and N15,000 in 2021, now sells for between N24,000 and N26,000.
Meanwhile, Mr Okike Onwuasoanya, the Programme Manager, Ebonyi Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), has called on the Federal Government to speed up fertiliser supply for the 2022 farming season.
Onwuasoanya said that quick distribution of the fertiliser and other agro inputs would reduce the trend of continuous rise in price of the inputs.
The programme manager also attributed the rise in prices of fertiliser and other agro inputs to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.
He said that most of the inputs and raw materials were being imported from Asian countries, including Ukraine and Russia.
The programme manager said that it was only when the government supplied the subsidised fertiliser that the price would come down.
He encouraged farmers to embark on resource management where farmers might have to reduce the quantity of fertiliser because of the high cost.
According to him, resource management is the “in” thing now.
Mr Ezekiel Igboji, the Coordinator, Organic Association of Nigeria, Ebonyi branch, called on the authorities in charge to identify real farmers for proper distribution when the Federal Government supplied fertiliser.
Igboji said that the items were mostly distributed to those who were not farmers because of preference interest.
Also, Mrs Celine Okpor, a farmer, said she had to share a bag of fertiliser with four people due to its high cost.
Another farmer, Mr Christian Uguru, said that prices of farm production like fertilizer, seed and pesticides, energy, machinery and land, pushed farmers further away from breaking even.
Uguru said the rising input costs impact farmers in a highly personal way.
“When it costs more to keep their operation going, they end up spending a larger share of their working capital on input costs, while experiencing a lower profit.
“There are ways to mitigate negative effects by monitoring operational performance, considering area for improvement.
“For those who cannot afford a bag of fertiliser, we sell in paint container between N3, 000 and N3, 500, depending on the brand,” Uguru said.
In his remarks, Mr Jude Nwankwo, Programme Manager, Agriculture Development Programme in Anambra, said it is currently encouraging farmers to adopt regenerative method in providing manure to their crops.
Nwankwo said that there was less emphasis on the use of conventional fertilizers now in the state due to its side effects on the soil.
“We uncovered that when you use conventional fertilizers, you will get bumper harvest, but this often results to killing of the soil.
“But, if you use the regenerative method, you will get optimal harvest and the soil will remain in better state,” he said.
Nwankwo, however, said that Anambra was still actively involved in the agro inputs distribution for farmers to enable them to benefit from Federal Government policies.
He said input such as NPK fertilizer was subsidised by 30 per cent by the state government, adding that farmers accessed them via some designated agro inputs dealers at N6,500 per 50kg bag.
Nwankwo explained that the regenerative method could be likened to organic fertilizer, saying it was mere application of natural manures to crops.
He said that middlemen were no longer involved in the distribution of agricultural inputs, as Federal Government recently prevented them from participation in the process of distribution.
“Before now, middlemen were playing roles, but the Federal Government recently shelved them by authorising importers with the capacity to import and distribute agricultural inputs to take over.
“All what is obtainable now is that inputs including fertilizers are sourced in the open markets; though, in Anambra, we have selected agro dealers who sell to recognised farmers at subsidised price,” he said.
Also, Mr Donatus Orjinta, the State Co-ordinator of Youths for Agriculture Foundation, said he used organic fertilizer more in his farms.
“Recently, I use more of organic fertilizer, which comes in liquid form than the inorganic type. The organic fertilizers are being used only for plantain cultivation,” he said.
The Chairman of the Action Democratic Party, (ADP) in Ekiti State, Mr Abegunde Olakunle, has dumped the party barely a week after the deputy governorship candidate, Mr Idowu Afuye defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC)Olakunle, who said this in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, at a news conference, denied his purported suspension by the national leadership of the party.He faulted the letter of the purported suspension saying it was not addressed to him, noting that he only called for a press conference to make comments on it.He, however, noted that he would have about three months ago tendered his resignation due to alleged mal-administration, but cited the negative effects it would have on the party’s governorship candidate, Erelu Kemi Elebute-Halle in the elections.He said: “Considering the mal-administration and unbearable inadequacies characterizing the leadership of the party. I would have resigned my membership about three months ago.”But I realised that doing so might negatively affect the efforts of the candidate of the party. This is why I decided to endure till the end of the election before tendering my resignation letter.”However, now that it is the national leadership that goes on air to announce the unwarranted suspension of Adekunle Abegunde of no title, location and address.”I Pastor Chief Abegunde Emmanuel Olakunle, Chairman of the Action Democratic Party, Ekiti State, ….hereby declare that I drop and quit the ADP. I cease to be chairman of ADP in Ekiti State.”He went further to say that his resignation did not have anything to do with the ambition of the party’s governorship candidate, Erelu Kemi Elebute-Halle, while not ruling out the possibility of returning to the party.“I will say that my relationship with the ADP candidate remains very cordial, but wouldn’t know what she feels, to me, I have nothing against her.”On what is likely to be his next move, Abegunde said, “I will go home and consult with my family and their decision will determine my next step of action.”(NAN)
No fewer than 560 vulnerable rural farmers in Kogi would benefit from the Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF), aimed at cushioning the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on rural farmers.
The RPSF is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Value Chain Development Programme, supported by International Fund for Agricultural Development (-VCDP).
Speaking with newsmen on Monday in Lokoja, the Team lead on a Supervision Mission to Kogi, Prof. Aminu Suleiman, said they were in the state to access the level of preparedness towards the implementation of the RPSF.
According to him, the RPSF is a grant given to rural rice farmers to cushion the shock of COVID-19 pandemic across the States of the federation, including Kogi.
Suleiman expressed satisfaction with the preparation on ground in the state and commended the Programme Coordinator, Dr Stella Adejoh, her team and state government for its commitment to supporting the IFAD programmes in the state.
On her part, Dr Stella Adejoh, State Programme Coordinator of , said several people lost their means of livelihood during the COVID-19 pandemic, and consequently faced with hardships.
She explained that IFAD decided to help those affected by the pandemic in the society to bring them out of their poverty situation.
Adejoh said the farmers would be provided with grant in form of inputs by IFAD such as fertilizer, certified rice seed, selective and non-selective herbicides, among others.
She noted that about 80 per cent of the beneficiaries are women and youths, who have been profiled and validated by a team of consultants from IFAD that came to the state in 2021.
She said that a total of 560 rural farmers that cut across the four rice producing Local Government Areas of Lokoja, Ibaji, Ajaokuta and , in the state.
According her, the inputs include 1400 bags of NPK fertilizer, 461 bags of Urea fertilizer, 186 pieces of both selective & non-selective herbicides, and 340 bags of 50kg (17 tonnes) of certified Rice seed Faro-44.
Adejoh added that the state government provided IFAD with warehouse at Kogi ADP office where the inputs were being stored.
”We want to thank Kogi State Government which has provided the enabling environment for the programmes to thrive in the state.
”I feel very excited because of the feedback we are getting and the support the programme is receiving from the Kogi State Government.
”I am very happy and grateful to His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, for always supporting Agricultural Development Programmes in the state,” she said.
She assured that IFAD was collaborating with the International Fertilizer Distribution Company, who would give support in the area of inputs’ distribution, monitoring and supervision to ensure proper utilisation of the intended purpose.
”We will monitor the beneficiaries down to their farms for effective utilisation of the inputs,”Adejoh said.
Earlier, the team had paid a courtesy visit to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. David Apeh, where they thanked the state government for fully supporting VDCP activities in the state.
Apeh assured the team of the commitment of the state governor to continue to give the needed support to the programme for the benefits of Kogi rural farmers.
The team further interacted in separate discussions with the farmers’ women and youth groups in both Kabawa and Magajiya clusters to know the plight and challenges being faced.
In their separate comments, the youth and women leaders of both Kabawa and Magajiya Clusters, Seidu Liman and Aishat Abdullahi respectively, commended the VCDP for the intervention and promise to judiciously utilised the inputs.
President Muhammadu Buhari says Monday in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, said Nigeria has successfully forested over 6,191,363 hectares of land through the green bond project.
A statement by the President’s media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, said the president was speaking at the Summit of Heads of State and Government 15th Conference of the Parties (Cop15) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
According to the president, Nigeria is targeting to increase the nation’s forest cover to 25 per cent in line with global best practices.
Buhari noted that the 25 percent target was in fulfilment of a pledge at the 74th Session of the United Nations General assembly in September, 2019 of planting 25million trees toward achieving restoration of degraded forest reserves and other landscapes nationwide.
”We have also expanded protected areas by creating ten additional National Parks, including two Marine Protected Areas, cutting across the various ecological zones of the country.
“The operationalization of specific intervention programmes and policies in the country have further accelerated the implementation of the ongoing Ogoni Clean-up for restoration of polluted land as well as the implementation of the Great Green Wall programme hinged on ecological restoration and rehabilitation of degraded land.
”The National Agency of the Great Green Wall in Nigeria has made progress in land restoration of over Three Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety-two hectares of land,’’ he said.
The president noted that his administration, in partnership with the World Bank, expended enormous resources to establish Agricultural Development Programmes in all the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The ADPs operate the Training and Visit system of unified extension system covering the areas of Crop Production and Protection, Livestock Production and Animal Health, Fisheries, Agro-forestry and Gender related issues in Agriculture popularly referred to as Women-In-Agriculture.
“Furthermore, my administration is equally dedicated to fulfilling the pledge to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative that seeks to restore 100 million Hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes by 2030 in response to the Bonn challenge.
“To date, the initiative has 128 million hectares in pledges from 32 African countries. In 2017, Nigeria committed to restore 4 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes under the AFR100 initiative.
”So far, over 555,480 hectares of land restoration have been recorded, including the planting of 15million tree seedlings covering over Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred Hectares of deforested lands,’’ he added.
On finance, Buhari said, domestically, Nigeria made efforts for funding a pipeline of projects in the path to a greener economy by issuing its first and second Sovereign Green Bonds.
According to the Nigerian leader, so far two rounds of the green bond have successfully been executed.
”The first round of the green bond amounted to $27.3 million, the second amounted to more than $41 million.
”We are currently on the verge of launching the third green bond to the tune of $68.7 million.
”Through the instrumentality of the green bond programme, innovative funding streams are being unlocked in order to finance environmentally and climate friendly projects with focus on both adaptation and mitigation,’’ he said.
The president reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the various international treaties and obligations.
He said these include 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Global Forest Goals, United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and Post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
Others are the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the 2021 Glasgow commitment to half deforestation by 2030 among others.
”However, it is worrisome to mention that finance stands as a major bottleneck in achieving these ambitious obligations and commitments within the timelines.
”Permit me to use this platform to once again appeal for the redemption of the pledges made by International Technical and Financial Partners to provide $19 billion as assistance to the Green Wall Member Countries to enable them meet their commitments,’’ he said.
The president called on the international community to pay more attention on the war between Russia and Ukraine, which would hurt the efforts of a more peaceful world and aspirations for a healthy society.
“Permit me to conclude by noting that, while we remain committed to global aspirations of a healthy and productive society, we cannot collectively tackle the problems of drought and desertification without a peaceful world.
“We therefore, call for a ceasefire and cessation of conflicts where they exist and especially the Russian – Ukraine war. We call on all the parties to return to the negotiation table with a view to putting an end to this needless conflict,’’ he added.
According to the president, Nigeria has also established a National Forestry Trust Fund aimed at improving afforestation programmes in the country.
He said the fund was also to ensure sustainable financing from non-government sources for the restoration of Nigeria’s forest estates and reserves and production of landscapes in order to achieve significant increase in forest cover.
“Nigeria, like other countries of the world, is not exempted from the several environmental challenges including creeping land degradation, desertification and drought in the Northern region, to wanton deforestation, land encroachment, invasion of coastal line, biodiversity loss, flooding and coastal erosion in the Southern region of the country.
“This sad reality reinforces Nigeria’s commitment to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, geared towards mitigating the effects of desertification, land degradation and drought.
”It is therefore, imperative that Parties seize the momentum created by this conference to accelerate their commitments to achieving land degradation neutrality in order to restore the productivity of vast expanses of degraded land, improve the livelihood of more than 1.3 billion people and reduce the impact of drought in the affected regions,’’ the president said.
He noted that the theme; “Land, Life, Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity” was a clarion call to action for global leaders.
”To halt and reverse the three “Ds” planetary land crises of desertification, degradation and drought, as envisioned by the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration; and to restore lands, in order to fulfill food, water and energy needs.
“The international community must demonstrate enough political will and commitment towards the realization of the pledge to restore one billion hectares of land by 2030. This will, no doubt, save humanity from starvation and preserve the planet for future generations.
“Nigeria welcomes the UNCCD’s goal of land degradation neutrality through the Changwon Initiative which supports national voluntary target-setting processes in order to achieve its objective.
”To this end, Nigeria is demonstrating her commitment to its National Action Plan which is being implemented through National Policies, Institutional and Legislative Framework, Sectoral Programmes and Partnership Building that have been put in place to address the problem of drought and desertification.
“We utilize Public awareness programmes on causes and dangers associated with drought and desertification and also strengthen national and state institutions involved in drought and desertification control activities.
”Participation of Individuals and communities is also encouraged in viable afforestation and reforestation programmes through planting of tested pest and drought-resistant species of economic trees.’’
He said an early drought warning system that involves local people in designing, implementing and managing of natural resources conservation programmes for combating desertification and ameliorating the effects of drought had been put in place.
“Furthermore, we collaborate with development partners in areas of training, research, development and transfer of affordable and acceptable environmentally friendly technologies to mitigate drought and desertification.
”We have also revised our National Forest Policy in 2020 which is a remarkable improvement on the previous policy which had been in use since 2006. We also launched the National Strategy on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in 2022.
“The new policies are anchored on the need for continuous socio-economic development that will provide optimal benefits to the people and government of Nigeria in a sustainably managed environment.
“There are Forestry Programmes implemented by Forest Research Institute of Nigeria to tackle the problems of desertification through the establishment of woodlots, shelterbelts and windbreaks.
”Through these programmes, we were able to establish a Green Wall or Shelterbelt across the frontline States over hundred kilometers in width, stretching from the Northwest to the Northeast of the country,’’ he added.
The president thanked President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D’Ivoire, and people of Cote D’Ivoire, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres, and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Mr Ibrahim Thiaw and his team, for the organization of the event.
The matter was resolved through conciliation agreements that were negotiated with the multiple companies involved.WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, January 4, 2022 / APO Group / -
The World Bank Group today announced the 24-month sanction of ADP International SA (formerly ADP Management), based in France, an airport developer, operator and administrator, and a subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris SA, in connection with collusive practices such as part of the Madagascar Airports Project and fraudulent practices as part of the Zagreb Airport Project. The sanction consists of a 12-month disqualification followed by a 12-month conditional non-disqualification.
The sanction stems from an investigation that was conducted by the World Bank Group's Vice Presidency for Integrity and highlights the institution's efforts to promote high standards of integrity in projects financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The matter was resolved through conciliation agreements that were negotiated with the multiple companies involved. The agreements demonstrate how such agreements, and Bank Group sanctions in general, can be used to help promote better business practices by companies involved in private sector development projects.
The 12-month disqualification makes ADP International SA and its authorized subsidiaries: ADP Ingénierie, ADP Airport Services, ADP do Brasil Participações, ADP International Americas LLC, ADPM Mauritius, Aéroports de Paris Management 3, Airport International Group, Airport Management Company, Airport Management Services and Jordan Airport Management: They are not eligible to participate in projects and operations financed by institutions of the World Bank Group. It is part of a conciliation agreement by virtue of which the company acknowledges responsibility for the underlying sanctionable practices and agrees to comply with the specific conditions for the release of the disqualification.
At the end of the initial disqualification period, and provided that certain conditions established in the settlement agreement are met, the sanction of ADP International SA will become a conditional non-disqualification. During this time, ADP International SA will be eligible to participate in projects and operations financed by institutions of the World Bank Group as long as it complies with its obligations under the settlement agreement. However, if the World Bank Group Integrity Compliance Officer determines that the company does not meet the specified conditions at the end of the Ineligibility Period, it will remain ineligible to participate in World Bank Group projects and operations until comply with the release conditions established in the conciliation agreement is fulfilled.
The Madagascar Airports Project, supported by IFC, provides partial financing for the design and development of expansion and renovation works at the two main airports in Madagascar: Ivato International Airport and Fascene Airport. According to the facts of the case, ADP International SA engaged in collusive practices by attending improper meetings with government officials between February 4, 2015 and May 4, 2015, during the bidding of the 28-year concession contract to operate airports.
The Zagreb Airport Project, which is also supported by IFC, provides partial financing for a 30-year concession contract for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a new terminal within the International Airport. from Zagreb. According to the facts of the case, ADP International SA engaged in fraudulent practices by not informing the IFC that the fees paid by the company, between June 10, 2011 and March 12, 2014, to a contracted agent, in related to the concession contract, they were partially transferred to a non-contracted consultant.
The settlement agreement provides for a shortened period of disqualification in light of the company's cooperation and voluntary corrective actions. As a condition for exemption from the penalty under the terms of the settlement agreement, ADP International SA is committed to tailoring its integrity compliance program across the group to reflect the principles set forth in the Bank Group's Integrity Compliance Guidelines. Worldwide, and has agreed to implement and maintain the program as part of its future business operations, including at its authorized subsidiaries.
ADP International SA is also committed to continuing to cooperate fully with the Vice Presidency of Integrity of the World Bank Group.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has trained extension workers on “Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment Project’’ (SHEP), to enhance family livelihoods.
Mr Ajaefobi Innocent, the Director, Federal Capital Territory- Agricultural Development Project (FCT-ADP), spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria at Gwagwalada on Thursday.
Innocent stated that the aim of the training was to improve farmers’ skills and income.
He explained that the programme was in line with the commitment of the FCT to tackle unemployment in the area.
Innocent, who spoke on the sideline of the ongoing three-day training programme for Batch Two of the FCT-ADP extension agents, was represented Ude, Head of Extension Services/SHEP.
According to him, the SHEP is an approach which realizes “Market-Oriented Agriculture” and converts farmers’ mind from “grow and sell” to “grow to sell”.
Innocent said that the ADP was partnering with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to address the problem of horticultural crops like Ammalatus, pepper, tomatoes, ugwu and okro among others.
“They are highly perishable; the moment you harvest them between one or two hours, deterioration will begin to set in and they will not look fresh any longer.
“So, the Japanese have developed a model technology called Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment Project to address this problem using extension workers and women in agriculture as targets,” he said.
Innocent said that ADP’s partnership with JICA had been on since 2015.
He said that the SHEP’s step-down training for the agents would be on outline of the project, sensitisation of farmers, baseline survey as well as gender and family budget.
Others include market survey, crop selection, business plan, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, monitoring and evaluation.
The director explained that FCT-ADP would be training 18 extension workers across the six area councils in the FCT.
He added that the project planned to expand SHEP activities to other farmers in Nasarawa and build capacity of extension agents in Agricultural Development Programme in 18 other states to become SHEP trainers.
Speaking on women participation in agriculture, Mrs Deborah Oyekan, Coordinator, Women in Agriculture, FCT-ADP, said that women had essential roles to play especially in the area of nutrition.
“Their contribution matters even in the production of horticultural crops in the family.
“We are going to teach them different classes of food, we are going to teach them the kind of foods that will build their immune system.
“And with the training they will be able to improve on their dietary as well as general health of the family,’’ Oyekan said.
Also speaking, one of the trainees, Ms. Patience Abimiku from Kwali Area Council said that she would extend the training to her farmers’ group so as to improve their farming skills.
Another participant in the training, Mr Gwakzing Solomon of Abaji Area Council said that he had gained a lot from the programme and would in turn train grassroot farmers back home.
“I will educate them on the need to embrace horticultural farming and not limiting themselves to rain fed farming alone,” Solomon said.
By Ifeanyi Olannye
The federal government, in partnership with the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), has started training Agricultural Development Project (ADP) staff in the South-East and South-South areas of the country.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the four-day training program, which started on Wednesday in Sapele, aimed to equip farmers with the required knowledge on post-harvest loss management in the region.
In her opening remarks, NSPRI Executive Director Dr Patricia Pessu said the training program aimed to impart knowledge on post-harvest management, through ADP staff, to rural farmers.
Pessu said post-harvest losses have had a significant effect on the economy.
“The institute would take advantage of the platform to disseminate information and share experiences as well as achievements in post-harvest management to reduce post-harvest losses,” she said.
She said about 30 percent of grains, like maize, sorghum, millet, cowpea, roots and tubers like yam, cassava and potatoes were lost after harvest in the country.
“About 50 of the fruits and vegetables produced in Nigeria are also lost after harvest. Unfortunately, these losses are in rural areas, which are in urgent need of development. "
She described ADP officials as partners and stakeholders in the agricultural sector, who had over the years “helped improve the livelihoods of farmers by providing them with inputs such as fertilizers and seedlings.
"As we know, post-harvest has not been at the forefront of their roles and we, with the mandate to conduct research on post-harvest losses, have decided as part of our 2021 project to involve the ADP, aware of their importance at the base ”.
“So we are able to engage them in all the technologies available in the industry realizing that because they are close to the grassroots they will be able to impact farmers and eventually improve their livelihoods, then s 'to improve. the economy, ”Pessu said.
The boss of NSPRI assured that the partnership would continue even after the training program.
She said the institute intended to have some of the technologies in certain locations that would be identified by ADPs, where farmers would have access to the facilities and use them for free.
In his remarks, Delta State Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Mr. John Onovughe, said the training would allow ADP staff to orient farmers on the way to preserve their products.
“The training is commendable because it will be good if we can get it right this time around; post-harvest storage will boost the Nigerian economy.
“The technological innovation of post-harvest training will improve the living conditions of farmers,” he said.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Chief Julius Egbedi, represented by Mr. Edwin Odiete, program director at the ministry, said the farmers tasked with feeding the nation lacked facilities to store their products after harvest.
He added that the training would equip farmers with the required knowledge and new methods of preserving their crops.
Egbedi also said that the knowledge imparted during the training would be extended to farmers on how best to preserve their products, especially those in rural areas.
One of the trainees, Mr. Godwin Eze, thanked the ministry and NSPRI for the workshop, assuring that everything they learned would be extended to farmers, to help reduce post-harvest losses in the country.
By Diana Omueza
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) says it is ready to merge with any political party with a similar ideology before the general elections of 2023.
Mr. Yabaji Sani, the national chairman of the party, said this at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja.
Sani said the party is ready to join forces with other political parties for the sole purpose of strengthening and deepening the nation's democratic system.
He said, however, that the party's identity and ideologies would not be buried even after the merger.
“When the ADP joined us as a political party, we made it clear that we are here to deepen democracy.
“So anything that will deepen democracy, that's what we're here for.
"But that does not mean that we will undermine our own identity as a Democratic Party of Action," he said.