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  •  The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said the upgrade and reconstruction of the Old Ojo Road would decongest the Lagos Badagry Expressway This according to the government will help to reduce hardship of residents on the axis The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins said these in Alausa Ikeja He spoke at a stakeholders meeting on the reconstruction of Old Ojo Road Phase 1 in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Bamgbose Martins said the project would be done in two phases He said that the first phase which is four kilometres would decongest the Lagos Badagry Expressway and enhance social and economic well being of people on the axis The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the first phase of the project awarded in July 2022 to Messrs CCECC Nigeria Ltd with 18 months completion period spans from Irede Road to Oluti Bus Stop The Old Ojo Road located in Oriade area of the council is a 7 650m single carriageway dilapidated surfaced road to be reconstructed into a dual carriageway It will serve as a strategic by pass for motorists from Kirikiri Ifelodun to Ojo Local Government Area via Irede Abule Oshun Road It is also parallel to Lagos Badagry Expressway from Mazamaza to Trade Fair The commissioner said the project was in line with the THEMES agenda of the Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu led administration to make Lagos a 21st century economy He said that the project would complement the ongoing Lagos Badagry Expressway project to ease connectivity among communities in Ajeromi Ifelodun Amuwo Odofin and Ojo sections of the Badagry division of Lagos State He urged residents to take ownership of the project cooperate and support the contractors The commissioner appealed to them to be patient promising that government would pay compensation to owners of buildings affected by the project Bamgbose Martins advised Lagos residents to always respect physical planning laws and stop building on the Right of Ways RoWs and public spaces to avoid loss of lives and property May I also take this opportunity to urge citizens to respect Physical Planning laws so that together we can avoid incessant building collapse and loss of lives I am inclined to urge you all to maintain vigilance in your environment and ensure that people act correctly by building right he said Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure Mrs Aramide Adeyoye also said the upgrade of the 7 650 metres Old Ojo Road to dual carriageway would be done in two phases Adeyoye said rigid pavement construction which is more durable would be adopted to accommodate heavy duty vehicles on the axis She said that 65 per cent of petroleum products that serve the nation pass through the corridor The special adviser however lamented vandalism of drain cover slabs removal of iron roads used in construction permanent blockade by trucks cows trampling to damage fresh construction and other infractions on the axis To break slabs to remove iron rods used for the construction is not good she said Adeyoye responded to concerns of residents of Satellite Town and other communities on the menace of tank farms containers and trucks in the area She promised to continually engage with federal agencies towards resolving the issues Adeyoye said the state government was not in charge of allocation of tank farms She also spoke on efforts to increase fire stations on the axis Stakeholders at the meeting thanked the state government for the project The Special Adviser to the Governor on eGIS and Planning Matters Mr Olajide Babatunde and Permanent Secretary Mrs Abiola Kosegbe were among those present at the meeting NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG plans to decongest Lagos-Badagry Expressway, engages stakeholders
     The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said the upgrade and reconstruction of the Old Ojo Road would decongest the Lagos Badagry Expressway This according to the government will help to reduce hardship of residents on the axis The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins said these in Alausa Ikeja He spoke at a stakeholders meeting on the reconstruction of Old Ojo Road Phase 1 in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Bamgbose Martins said the project would be done in two phases He said that the first phase which is four kilometres would decongest the Lagos Badagry Expressway and enhance social and economic well being of people on the axis The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the first phase of the project awarded in July 2022 to Messrs CCECC Nigeria Ltd with 18 months completion period spans from Irede Road to Oluti Bus Stop The Old Ojo Road located in Oriade area of the council is a 7 650m single carriageway dilapidated surfaced road to be reconstructed into a dual carriageway It will serve as a strategic by pass for motorists from Kirikiri Ifelodun to Ojo Local Government Area via Irede Abule Oshun Road It is also parallel to Lagos Badagry Expressway from Mazamaza to Trade Fair The commissioner said the project was in line with the THEMES agenda of the Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu led administration to make Lagos a 21st century economy He said that the project would complement the ongoing Lagos Badagry Expressway project to ease connectivity among communities in Ajeromi Ifelodun Amuwo Odofin and Ojo sections of the Badagry division of Lagos State He urged residents to take ownership of the project cooperate and support the contractors The commissioner appealed to them to be patient promising that government would pay compensation to owners of buildings affected by the project Bamgbose Martins advised Lagos residents to always respect physical planning laws and stop building on the Right of Ways RoWs and public spaces to avoid loss of lives and property May I also take this opportunity to urge citizens to respect Physical Planning laws so that together we can avoid incessant building collapse and loss of lives I am inclined to urge you all to maintain vigilance in your environment and ensure that people act correctly by building right he said Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure Mrs Aramide Adeyoye also said the upgrade of the 7 650 metres Old Ojo Road to dual carriageway would be done in two phases Adeyoye said rigid pavement construction which is more durable would be adopted to accommodate heavy duty vehicles on the axis She said that 65 per cent of petroleum products that serve the nation pass through the corridor The special adviser however lamented vandalism of drain cover slabs removal of iron roads used in construction permanent blockade by trucks cows trampling to damage fresh construction and other infractions on the axis To break slabs to remove iron rods used for the construction is not good she said Adeyoye responded to concerns of residents of Satellite Town and other communities on the menace of tank farms containers and trucks in the area She promised to continually engage with federal agencies towards resolving the issues Adeyoye said the state government was not in charge of allocation of tank farms She also spoke on efforts to increase fire stations on the axis Stakeholders at the meeting thanked the state government for the project The Special Adviser to the Governor on eGIS and Planning Matters Mr Olajide Babatunde and Permanent Secretary Mrs Abiola Kosegbe were among those present at the meeting NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG plans to decongest Lagos-Badagry Expressway, engages stakeholders
    General news3 days ago

    LASG plans to decongest Lagos-Badagry Expressway, engages stakeholders

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said the upgrade and reconstruction of the Old Ojo Road would decongest the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

    This, according to the government, will help to reduce hardship of residents on the axis.

    The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, said these in Alausa, Ikeja.

    He spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting on the reconstruction of Old Ojo Road (Phase 1), in Amuwo Odofin Local Government.

    Bamgbose-Martins said the project would be done in two phases.

    He said that the first phase, which is four kilometres, would decongest the Lagos-Badagry Expressway and enhance social and economic well-being of people on the axis.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the first phase of the project, awarded in July 2022 to Messrs CCECC Nigeria Ltd with 18 months completion period, spans from Irede Road to Oluti Bus Stop.The Old Ojo Road, located in Oriade area of the council, is a 7,650m single carriageway dilapidated surfaced road to be reconstructed into a dual carriageway.

    It will serve as a strategic by-pass for motorists from Kirikiri Ifelodun to Ojo Local Government Area via Irede (Abule Oshun) Road.It is also parallel to Lagos-Badagry Expressway from Mazamaza to Trade Fair.The commissioner said the project was in line with the THEMES agenda of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to make Lagos a 21st century economy.

    He said that the project would complement the ongoing Lagos-Badagry Expressway project to ease connectivity among communities in Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Amuwo-Odofin and Ojo sections of the Badagry division of Lagos State. 

    He urged residents to take ownership of the project, cooperate and support the contractors.

    The commissioner appealed to them to be patient, promising that government would pay compensation to owners of buildings affected by the project.

    Bamgbose-Martins advised Lagos residents to always respect physical planning laws and stop building on the Right of Ways (RoWs) and public spaces, to avoid loss of lives and property.

    “May I also take this opportunity to urge citizens to respect Physical Planning laws so that together we can avoid incessant building collapse and loss of lives.

    “I am inclined to urge you all to maintain vigilance in your environment and ensure that people act correctly by building right,” he said.

    Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, also said the upgrade of the 7,650 metres Old Ojo Road to dual carriageway would be done in two phases.

    Adeyoye said rigid pavement construction, which is more durable, would be adopted to accommodate heavy duty vehicles on the axis.

    She said that 65 per cent of petroleum products that serve the nation pass through the corridor.

    The special adviser, however, lamented  vandalism of drain cover slabs, removal of iron roads used in construction, permanent blockade by trucks, cows trampling to damage fresh construction and other infractions on the axis.

    “To break slabs, to remove iron rods used for the construction is not good,” she said.

    Adeyoye responded to concerns of residents of Satellite Town and other communities on the menace of tank farms, containers and trucks in the area.

    She promised to continually engage with federal agencies towards resolving the issues.

    Adeyoye said the state government was not in charge of allocation of tank farms.

    She also spoke on efforts to increase fire stations on the axis.

    Stakeholders at the meeting thanked the state government for the project.

    The Special Adviser to the Governor on eGIS and Planning Matters, Mr Olajide Babatunde and Permanent Secretary, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe, were among those present at the meeting.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A Development Training Institute Coinmac International on Monday advised the Nigerian Government to adopt Geographic Information System GIS to improve tax collection in the country Coinmac Managing Director Mr Ayo Salam spoke at the opening of a training workshop on Tax Policy Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Forecasting for FCT Internal Revenue Service FCT IRS in Abuja Salam said there was the need for all business owners informal sectors service providers and organisations to be forced to pay tax saying an effective tax administration is knowing who the taxpayers are where they are located He said that every citizen must be subjected to the law to pay tax from their income According to him there is the need for all tiers of government to diversify its revenue base by seeking alternative means of revenue generation as the dwindling oil revenue is worrisome Government needs to practically shift attention from oil to development of other revenue sources especially non oil exports to support Internally Generated Revenue from taxes The reliability of the institutional framework for tax processing and enforcement must not be questionable to ensure sustainable development through taxation GIS can provide an efficient and improved system to not only increase revenue collection but to monitor the prices and identify defaulters Salam said that most revenue service organisations had adopted GIS in implementation of their duties adding that an efficient GIS could store accurate information on tax payable and monitored virtually He said FCT was a reference point for tax administration in Nigeria as tax collection stood at N188 billion surpassing projected revenue target of N109 billion in 2021 He said implementing blockchain technology for tax compliance would be an opportunity for taxes to be collected on goods and services consumed on different electronic platforms Training Facilitator Mr Muhammad Sabiu said the FCT IRS had made huge strides in tax system with enrollment of more than 1 2 million people into its revenue collection system He said that had led to the collection of the highest revenue since inception saying there was a Withholding Tax of N26 billion in 2021 Sabiu said Nigeria s continued reliance on oil was not sustainable as the global market dwindled calling for more Nigerians to pay taxes for economic growth and development Nigerians keep complaining about poor infrastructural development and others we can do more by funding all we want ourselves when we pay taxes Nigerians should pay taxes if they do not want government to borrow in the UK you pay 40 per cent on inheritance tax and so many other things Lecturers are calling for more funding for the institutions if we have a good tax system all these things can be sorted out NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Tax collection: Group wants Geographic Information System adopted
     A Development Training Institute Coinmac International on Monday advised the Nigerian Government to adopt Geographic Information System GIS to improve tax collection in the country Coinmac Managing Director Mr Ayo Salam spoke at the opening of a training workshop on Tax Policy Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Forecasting for FCT Internal Revenue Service FCT IRS in Abuja Salam said there was the need for all business owners informal sectors service providers and organisations to be forced to pay tax saying an effective tax administration is knowing who the taxpayers are where they are located He said that every citizen must be subjected to the law to pay tax from their income According to him there is the need for all tiers of government to diversify its revenue base by seeking alternative means of revenue generation as the dwindling oil revenue is worrisome Government needs to practically shift attention from oil to development of other revenue sources especially non oil exports to support Internally Generated Revenue from taxes The reliability of the institutional framework for tax processing and enforcement must not be questionable to ensure sustainable development through taxation GIS can provide an efficient and improved system to not only increase revenue collection but to monitor the prices and identify defaulters Salam said that most revenue service organisations had adopted GIS in implementation of their duties adding that an efficient GIS could store accurate information on tax payable and monitored virtually He said FCT was a reference point for tax administration in Nigeria as tax collection stood at N188 billion surpassing projected revenue target of N109 billion in 2021 He said implementing blockchain technology for tax compliance would be an opportunity for taxes to be collected on goods and services consumed on different electronic platforms Training Facilitator Mr Muhammad Sabiu said the FCT IRS had made huge strides in tax system with enrollment of more than 1 2 million people into its revenue collection system He said that had led to the collection of the highest revenue since inception saying there was a Withholding Tax of N26 billion in 2021 Sabiu said Nigeria s continued reliance on oil was not sustainable as the global market dwindled calling for more Nigerians to pay taxes for economic growth and development Nigerians keep complaining about poor infrastructural development and others we can do more by funding all we want ourselves when we pay taxes Nigerians should pay taxes if they do not want government to borrow in the UK you pay 40 per cent on inheritance tax and so many other things Lecturers are calling for more funding for the institutions if we have a good tax system all these things can be sorted out NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Tax collection: Group wants Geographic Information System adopted
    Economy6 days ago

    Tax collection: Group wants Geographic Information System adopted

    A Development Training Institute, Coinmac International, on Monday advised the Nigerian Government to adopt Geographic Information System (GIS) to improve tax collection in the country.

    Coinmac Managing Director, Mr Ayo Salam spoke at the opening of a training workshop on Tax Policy, Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Forecasting for FCT Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) in Abuja.

    Salam said there was the need for all business owners, informal sectors, service providers and organisations to be forced to pay tax, saying “an effective tax administration is knowing who the taxpayers are, where they are located’’.

    He said that every citizen must be subjected to the law to pay tax from their income.

    According to him, there is the need for all tiers of government to diversify its revenue base by seeking alternative means of revenue generation as the dwindling oil revenue is worrisome.

    “Government needs to practically shift attention from oil to development of other revenue sources, especially non-oil exports to support Internally Generated Revenue from taxes.

    “The reliability of the institutional framework for tax processing and enforcement must not be questionable to ensure sustainable development through taxation.

    “GIS can provide an efficient and improved system to not only increase revenue collection, but to monitor the prices and identify defaulters.

    ” Salam said that most revenue service organisations had adopted GIS in implementation of their duties, adding that an efficient GIS could store accurate information on tax payable and monitored virtually.

    He said FCT was a reference point for tax administration in Nigeria as tax collection stood at N188 billion, surpassing projected revenue target of N109 billion in 2021. He said implementing blockchain technology for tax compliance would be an opportunity for taxes to be collected on goods and services consumed on different electronic platforms.

    Training Facilitator, Mr Muhammad Sabiu, said the FCT-IRS had made huge strides in tax system with enrollment of more than 1.2 million people into its revenue collection system.

    He said that had led to the collection of the highest revenue since inception, saying there was a Withholding Tax of N26 billion in 2021. Sabiu said Nigeria’s continued reliance on oil was not sustainable as the global market dwindled, calling for more Nigerians to pay taxes for economic growth and development.

    “Nigerians keep complaining about poor infrastructural development and others, we can do more by funding all we want ourselves when we pay taxes.

    “Nigerians should pay taxes if they do not want government to borrow, in the UK, you pay 40 per cent on inheritance tax, and so many other things.

    “Lecturers are calling for more funding for the institutions, if we have a good tax system, all these things can be sorted out.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins has told staff members of agencies under the ministry that it can no longer be business as usual This is contained in a statement on Saturday by Mr Mukaila Sanusi spokesman of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Sanusi quoted the commissioner as speaking during his maiden meeting with staff of agencies under his ministry on Friday in Alausa The meeting according to the statement was held with staff of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority LASPPPA and the Lagos State Building Control Agency LASBCA District Officers It said that the state government was adopting rewards and sanctions for efficiency of its agencies monitoring the construction sector and urged the staff to brace up for change The commissioner is quoted as saying that the ministry was confronted with several challenges it could not ignore He said they could not be ignored if the ministry must meet the aspirations of the state government for sustainable built environment and 21st century economy To enhance the quality of our services it has become incumbent upon us to frontally address notable gaps in the processes It is by so doing that we can engender crops of well empowered field officers improve public sensitisation of available resources and enhance feedback mechanism as well as reduce negative public perception he said Bamgbose Martins said the change would be targeted at building positive public image through effective feedback mechanism and prompt timely and courteous service He urged the District Officers to embrace transparency and accountability in their official conducts The commissioner warned that officers must be conscious of their conducts as ambassadors of the state government in their respective districts He said that plans were on to encourage healthy rivalry amongst district offices through the application of a reward system and discipline The Special Adviser to the Governor on eGIS and Planning Matters Dr Olajide Babatunde expressed confidence that incessant building collapse would be a thing of the past in Lagos State when the reforms being pushed get a foothold Babatunde said that it was necessary for all District Officers as operators of the system to understand and internalise the change being advocated The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mrs Abiola Kosegbe promised Lagos residents efficient planning approval and enforcement processes She said that these would reduce illegal construction and tame building collapse Also present were General Manager GM LASBCA Mr Gbolahan Oki GM LASPPPA Mr Kehinde Osinaike and GM Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency Mr Daisi Oso The GM Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory Mr Olufunso Elulade was also listed among those in attendance at the meeting NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No more business as usual, new Lagos Commissioner tells staff
     The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins has told staff members of agencies under the ministry that it can no longer be business as usual This is contained in a statement on Saturday by Mr Mukaila Sanusi spokesman of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Sanusi quoted the commissioner as speaking during his maiden meeting with staff of agencies under his ministry on Friday in Alausa The meeting according to the statement was held with staff of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority LASPPPA and the Lagos State Building Control Agency LASBCA District Officers It said that the state government was adopting rewards and sanctions for efficiency of its agencies monitoring the construction sector and urged the staff to brace up for change The commissioner is quoted as saying that the ministry was confronted with several challenges it could not ignore He said they could not be ignored if the ministry must meet the aspirations of the state government for sustainable built environment and 21st century economy To enhance the quality of our services it has become incumbent upon us to frontally address notable gaps in the processes It is by so doing that we can engender crops of well empowered field officers improve public sensitisation of available resources and enhance feedback mechanism as well as reduce negative public perception he said Bamgbose Martins said the change would be targeted at building positive public image through effective feedback mechanism and prompt timely and courteous service He urged the District Officers to embrace transparency and accountability in their official conducts The commissioner warned that officers must be conscious of their conducts as ambassadors of the state government in their respective districts He said that plans were on to encourage healthy rivalry amongst district offices through the application of a reward system and discipline The Special Adviser to the Governor on eGIS and Planning Matters Dr Olajide Babatunde expressed confidence that incessant building collapse would be a thing of the past in Lagos State when the reforms being pushed get a foothold Babatunde said that it was necessary for all District Officers as operators of the system to understand and internalise the change being advocated The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mrs Abiola Kosegbe promised Lagos residents efficient planning approval and enforcement processes She said that these would reduce illegal construction and tame building collapse Also present were General Manager GM LASBCA Mr Gbolahan Oki GM LASPPPA Mr Kehinde Osinaike and GM Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency Mr Daisi Oso The GM Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory Mr Olufunso Elulade was also listed among those in attendance at the meeting NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No more business as usual, new Lagos Commissioner tells staff
    General news1 week ago

    No more business as usual, new Lagos Commissioner tells staff

    The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, has told staff members of agencies under the ministry that it can no longer be business as usual.

    This is contained in a statement on Saturday by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

    Sanusi quoted the commissioner as speaking during his maiden meeting with staff of agencies under his ministry on Friday in Alausa.

    The meeting, according to the statement,  was held with staff of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) District Officers.

    It said that the state government was  adopting rewards and sanctions for efficiency of its agencies monitoring the construction sector and urged the staff to brace up for change.

    The commissioner is quoted as saying that the ministry was confronted with several challenges it could not ignore He said they could not be ignored if the ministry must meet the aspirations of the state government for sustainable built environment and 21st century economy.

    “To enhance the quality of our services, it has become incumbent upon us to frontally address notable gaps in the processes.

    “It is by so doing that we can engender crops of well empowered field officers, improve public sensitisation of available resources and enhance feedback mechanism as well as reduce negative public perception,” he said.

    Bamgbose-Martins said the change would be targeted at building positive public image through effective feedback mechanism and prompt, timely and courteous service.

    He urged the District Officers to embrace transparency and accountability in their official conducts.

    The commissioner warned that officers must be conscious of their conducts as ambassadors of the state government in their respective districts.

    He said that plans were on “to encourage healthy rivalry amongst district offices through the application of a reward system and discipline”.

    The Special Adviser to the Governor on eGIS and Planning Matters, Dr Olajide Babatunde, expressed confidence that incessant building collapse would be a thing of the past in Lagos State when the reforms being pushed get a foothold.

    Babatunde said that it was necessary for all District Officers as operators of the system to understand and internalise the change being advocated.

    The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe promised Lagos residents efficient planning approval and enforcement processes.

    She said that these would reduce illegal construction and tame building collapse.

    Also present were General Manager (GM), LASBCA, Mr Gbolahan Oki; GM, LASPPPA, Mr Kehinde Osinaike; and GM, Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Agency, Mr Daisi Oso. The GM, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, Mr Olufunso Elulade, was also listed among those in attendance at the meeting.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins a former Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations on Friday resumed office as the new Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development A statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi spokesman of the ministry said Bamgbose Martins was warmly received by the ministry s management staff Sanusi said the staff were led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on e GIS and Planning Matters Dr Olajide Babatunde and the Permanent Secretary Mrs Abiola Kosegbe Bamgbose Martins in his remarks explained that his redeployment was another call to duty and opportunity to work with like minds to surmount challenges confronting the built environment He urged members of staff to cooperate and be ready to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state The Commissioner promised a transparent and engaging administration and emphasised the need for dedication and team work to enhance service delivery and maximise stakeholders satisfaction Earlier Babatunde said that the commissioner was a square peg in a square hole bringing his wealth of experience and expertise needed to solve the challenges of the time Kosegbe while giving a brief on the mandate of the ministry said the commissioner who he described as a reputable engineer also distinguished himself while in the Civil Service Also pouring encomiums on Bamgbose Martins were Permanent Secretaries who had worked with him in the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations The Commissioner was also briefed by heads of agencies under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    New Lagos Physical Planning Commissioner promises transparency
     Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins a former Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations on Friday resumed office as the new Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development A statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi spokesman of the ministry said Bamgbose Martins was warmly received by the ministry s management staff Sanusi said the staff were led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on e GIS and Planning Matters Dr Olajide Babatunde and the Permanent Secretary Mrs Abiola Kosegbe Bamgbose Martins in his remarks explained that his redeployment was another call to duty and opportunity to work with like minds to surmount challenges confronting the built environment He urged members of staff to cooperate and be ready to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state The Commissioner promised a transparent and engaging administration and emphasised the need for dedication and team work to enhance service delivery and maximise stakeholders satisfaction Earlier Babatunde said that the commissioner was a square peg in a square hole bringing his wealth of experience and expertise needed to solve the challenges of the time Kosegbe while giving a brief on the mandate of the ministry said the commissioner who he described as a reputable engineer also distinguished himself while in the Civil Service Also pouring encomiums on Bamgbose Martins were Permanent Secretaries who had worked with him in the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations The Commissioner was also briefed by heads of agencies under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    New Lagos Physical Planning Commissioner promises transparency
    General news2 weeks ago

    New Lagos Physical Planning Commissioner promises transparency

    Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, a former Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations on Friday resumed office as the new Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development.

    A statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman of the ministry, said Bamgbose-Martins was warmly received by the ministry’s management staff.

    Sanusi said the staff were led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on e-GIS and Planning Matters, Dr Olajide Babatunde, and the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe.

    Bamgbose-Martins, in his remarks, explained that his redeployment was another call to duty and opportunity to work with like minds to surmount challenges confronting the built environment.

    He urged members of staff “to cooperate and be ready to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state.

    The Commissioner promised a transparent and engaging administration and emphasised the need for dedication and team work to enhance service delivery and maximise stakeholders’ satisfaction.

    Earlier, Babatunde said that the commissioner was “a square peg in a square hole” bringing his wealth of experience and expertise needed to solve the challenges of the time.

    Kosegbe, while giving a brief on the mandate of the ministry, said the commissioner, who he described as  a reputable engineer, also distinguished himself while in the Civil Service.

    Also, pouring encomiums on Bamgbose-Martins were Permanent Secretaries who had worked with him in the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations.

    The Commissioner was also briefed by heads of agencies under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has partnered the Edo Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB and the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA to train Quality Assurance Officers QAO The two day workshop which ended in Benin on Friday centred on how to conduct quality assurance activities using digital tools in line with global best practices Dr Idris Jega the Head of Division Security Geospatial Intelligence Department of Strategic Space Application NASRDA said it was imperative for quality assurance processes to be digitalised for efficient service delivery in education in Nigeria According to him a country with diverse socio cultural and environmental resources such as Nigeria needs current accurate and cost efficient data and resource management The training component for this collaboration is focused on capacity building for quality assurance officers Edo SUBEB This is to ensure development of skills and capacity in the application of space technology and GIS Geographic Information Service for quality assurance as well as geospatial intelligence on the activities taking place at schools Jega said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that switching to e quality assurance Edo SUBEB joined its counterparts in other states in carrying out quality assurance processes as a means of improving quality education in the country Welcoming the participants earlier Mrs Ozavize Salami the Executive Chairman Edo SUBEB stressed the importance of the training toward upskilling QAOs to deliver on the EdoBEST 2 0 an education reform mandate in the state The Quality Assurance process provides us the framework to independently and objectively assess the impact of our investments in teaching and learning teacher professional development and school environment With e quality assurance this very vital feedback will be available just by the click of a button the SUBEB boss noted Mrs Beatrice Oke Edo State UBEC coordinator commended the state on its migration to e quality assurance Oke noted that quality assurance was the core of input processes and output Incorporating ICT in our processes ensures that officers are doing the right thing at the right time This will help us carry out quality assurance in a better way keeping us at par with other states while actively increasing the involvement of officers in the basic education ecosystem the UBEC coordinator noted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EdoBEST: UBEC partners Edo SUBEB, NASDRA to train officers on E-Quality Assurance
     The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has partnered the Edo Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB and the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA to train Quality Assurance Officers QAO The two day workshop which ended in Benin on Friday centred on how to conduct quality assurance activities using digital tools in line with global best practices Dr Idris Jega the Head of Division Security Geospatial Intelligence Department of Strategic Space Application NASRDA said it was imperative for quality assurance processes to be digitalised for efficient service delivery in education in Nigeria According to him a country with diverse socio cultural and environmental resources such as Nigeria needs current accurate and cost efficient data and resource management The training component for this collaboration is focused on capacity building for quality assurance officers Edo SUBEB This is to ensure development of skills and capacity in the application of space technology and GIS Geographic Information Service for quality assurance as well as geospatial intelligence on the activities taking place at schools Jega said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that switching to e quality assurance Edo SUBEB joined its counterparts in other states in carrying out quality assurance processes as a means of improving quality education in the country Welcoming the participants earlier Mrs Ozavize Salami the Executive Chairman Edo SUBEB stressed the importance of the training toward upskilling QAOs to deliver on the EdoBEST 2 0 an education reform mandate in the state The Quality Assurance process provides us the framework to independently and objectively assess the impact of our investments in teaching and learning teacher professional development and school environment With e quality assurance this very vital feedback will be available just by the click of a button the SUBEB boss noted Mrs Beatrice Oke Edo State UBEC coordinator commended the state on its migration to e quality assurance Oke noted that quality assurance was the core of input processes and output Incorporating ICT in our processes ensures that officers are doing the right thing at the right time This will help us carry out quality assurance in a better way keeping us at par with other states while actively increasing the involvement of officers in the basic education ecosystem the UBEC coordinator noted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EdoBEST: UBEC partners Edo SUBEB, NASDRA to train officers on E-Quality Assurance
    Education1 month ago

    EdoBEST: UBEC partners Edo SUBEB, NASDRA to train officers on E-Quality Assurance

    The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has partnered the Edo Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) to train Quality Assurance Officers (QAO).

    The two-day workshop, which ended in Benin on Friday, centred on how to conduct quality assurance activities, using digital tools, in line with global best practices.

    Dr Idris Jega, the Head of Division, Security Geospatial Intelligence, Department of Strategic Space Application, NASRDA, said it was imperative for quality assurance processes to be digitalised for efficient service delivery in education in Nigeria.

    According to him, a country with diverse socio-cultural and environmental resources such as Nigeria, needs current, accurate, and cost-efficient data and resource management.

    “The training component for this collaboration is focused on capacity building, for quality assurance officers, Edo SUBEB.

    “This is to ensure development of skills and capacity in the application of space technology and GIS (Geographic Information Service) for quality assurance, as well as geospatial intelligence on the activities taking place at schools,” Jega said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that switching to e-quality assurance, Edo SUBEB joined its counterparts in other states in carrying out quality assurance processes, as a means of improving quality education in the country.

    Welcoming the participants earlier, Mrs Ozavize Salami, the Executive Chairman, Edo SUBEB, stressed the importance of the training toward upskilling QAOs to deliver on the EdoBEST 2.0, an education reform mandate in the state.

    “The Quality Assurance process provides us the framework to independently and objectively assess the impact of our investments in teaching and learning, teacher professional development and school environment.

    “With e-quality assurance, this very vital feedback will be available, just by the click of a button,” the SUBEB boss noted.

    Mrs Beatrice Oke, Edo State UBEC coordinator, commended the state, on  its migration to e-quality assurance.

    Oke noted that quality assurance was the core of input processes and output.

    “Incorporating ICT in our processes ensures that officers are doing the right thing at the right time.

    “This will help us carry out quality assurance in a better way, keeping us at par with other states, while actively increasing the involvement of officers in the basic education ecosystem”, the UBEC coordinator noted.


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  •  Two former Vice Chancellors University of Ibadan Prof Idowu Olayinka and Prof Isaac Adewole have extolled the virtues and contributions of the late Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje the first Nigerian Professor of Geography Olayinka and Adewole along with others spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Saturday NAN reports that Mabogunje was born on Oct 18 1931 in Kano and died on Aug 4 Mabogunje was African President of the International Geographical Union In 1999 he was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences among other achievements during his lifetime Olayinka said We mourn the demise of Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his entire family associates and friends He matriculated at the then University College Ibadan in 1949 and earned a First Degree in Geography in 1953 This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in the same discipline He was elevated to the grade of Professor in 1965 thus becoming the first Nigerian Professor of Geography Baba was widely acclaimed as the foremost Social Scientist ever produced by Africa He had earlier in his illustrious career served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ibadan from 1968 till 1970 He provided a leadership role in the preparation of the Master Plan for the Abuja Federal Capital Territory According to Olayinka as one of the earliest students of the University College Ibadan Mabogunje received the Degree of Doctor of Science _honoris causa_ from the University of Ibadan in 2018 He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him as a distinguished and highly respected UIte who was very passionate about his Alma Mater He served meritoriously as the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye he said Olayinka said that it was high time the government took the advice of the late professor on university ownership to ensure sustainability It is generally accepted that the fortunes of the Nigerian University System cannot improve until a sustainable funding model is guaranteed In this respect about a decade ago Prof Akin Mabogunje suggested that the Federal Government of Nigeria should hand over the University of Ibadan to the Alumni to manage It is perhaps high time this proposal is interrogated for the overall benefit of the country otherwise if we are to learn from history the current national strike by ASUU may painfully not be the last We pray for the repose of the soul of the Colossus and eminent global citizen Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew this humble and soft spoken academic giant the former VC said Also Adewole another former Vice Chancellor extolled the virtues of the deceased and his contributions to the development of Nigeria especially the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja We have lost an Iroko He was truly the last of the Mohicans An academic noble he dined and wined with the Kings and Queens He was another Mr Fix a soft spoken man who influenced policies without being a politician Abuja was his hand and foot print A city that could be named after him A unique and successful family man he remained largely visible but quiet His work and legacy are immortal May his gentle soul Rest In Peace Adewole a former Minister of Health said In his comments retired Prof Olabode Lucas of the Department of Agronomy University of Ibadan said that the late Prof Mabogunje was indeed an academic giant and intellectual Colossus He was in the same league as Ibadan Academic giants like Dike Lambo Ajayi Lucas Odeku Akinkugbe Aboyade Irvine Durley Olayide Oyenuga and Bassir He was the greatest Geographer in Africa who won the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Geography As a student at Ibadan he was the Secretary of the Action Group on the campus together with people like Bola Ige and Olutoye In this capacity he was a member of the Action Group Executive Council presided over by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo After retirement he founded the DPC with Prof Aboyade For many years he was the Chancellor of Ogun State University He came he saw and conquered May his soul rest in perfect peace Lucas said Also Mr David Afolayan the Chief Executive Officer GIS Konsult said that the late Prof Mabogunje contributed to learning of Geography and passed it down to the next generation Afolayan described the deceased as a professor of professors and a great mentor He contributed immensely to teaching of GIS in public and private secondary schools in Nigeria since 2015 and in equipping the next generation on having a better understanding of how the world works And he also empowered young people to proffer solutions to problems in the society through the connections he provided on the project I was inspired to take on Afolayan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-UI VCs, Olayinka, Adewole, others mourn Mabogunje, 1st Nigerian Professor of Geography
     Two former Vice Chancellors University of Ibadan Prof Idowu Olayinka and Prof Isaac Adewole have extolled the virtues and contributions of the late Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje the first Nigerian Professor of Geography Olayinka and Adewole along with others spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Saturday NAN reports that Mabogunje was born on Oct 18 1931 in Kano and died on Aug 4 Mabogunje was African President of the International Geographical Union In 1999 he was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences among other achievements during his lifetime Olayinka said We mourn the demise of Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his entire family associates and friends He matriculated at the then University College Ibadan in 1949 and earned a First Degree in Geography in 1953 This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in the same discipline He was elevated to the grade of Professor in 1965 thus becoming the first Nigerian Professor of Geography Baba was widely acclaimed as the foremost Social Scientist ever produced by Africa He had earlier in his illustrious career served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ibadan from 1968 till 1970 He provided a leadership role in the preparation of the Master Plan for the Abuja Federal Capital Territory According to Olayinka as one of the earliest students of the University College Ibadan Mabogunje received the Degree of Doctor of Science _honoris causa_ from the University of Ibadan in 2018 He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him as a distinguished and highly respected UIte who was very passionate about his Alma Mater He served meritoriously as the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye he said Olayinka said that it was high time the government took the advice of the late professor on university ownership to ensure sustainability It is generally accepted that the fortunes of the Nigerian University System cannot improve until a sustainable funding model is guaranteed In this respect about a decade ago Prof Akin Mabogunje suggested that the Federal Government of Nigeria should hand over the University of Ibadan to the Alumni to manage It is perhaps high time this proposal is interrogated for the overall benefit of the country otherwise if we are to learn from history the current national strike by ASUU may painfully not be the last We pray for the repose of the soul of the Colossus and eminent global citizen Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew this humble and soft spoken academic giant the former VC said Also Adewole another former Vice Chancellor extolled the virtues of the deceased and his contributions to the development of Nigeria especially the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja We have lost an Iroko He was truly the last of the Mohicans An academic noble he dined and wined with the Kings and Queens He was another Mr Fix a soft spoken man who influenced policies without being a politician Abuja was his hand and foot print A city that could be named after him A unique and successful family man he remained largely visible but quiet His work and legacy are immortal May his gentle soul Rest In Peace Adewole a former Minister of Health said In his comments retired Prof Olabode Lucas of the Department of Agronomy University of Ibadan said that the late Prof Mabogunje was indeed an academic giant and intellectual Colossus He was in the same league as Ibadan Academic giants like Dike Lambo Ajayi Lucas Odeku Akinkugbe Aboyade Irvine Durley Olayide Oyenuga and Bassir He was the greatest Geographer in Africa who won the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Geography As a student at Ibadan he was the Secretary of the Action Group on the campus together with people like Bola Ige and Olutoye In this capacity he was a member of the Action Group Executive Council presided over by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo After retirement he founded the DPC with Prof Aboyade For many years he was the Chancellor of Ogun State University He came he saw and conquered May his soul rest in perfect peace Lucas said Also Mr David Afolayan the Chief Executive Officer GIS Konsult said that the late Prof Mabogunje contributed to learning of Geography and passed it down to the next generation Afolayan described the deceased as a professor of professors and a great mentor He contributed immensely to teaching of GIS in public and private secondary schools in Nigeria since 2015 and in equipping the next generation on having a better understanding of how the world works And he also empowered young people to proffer solutions to problems in the society through the connections he provided on the project I was inspired to take on Afolayan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-UI VCs, Olayinka, Adewole, others mourn Mabogunje, 1st Nigerian Professor of Geography
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    Ex-UI VCs, Olayinka, Adewole, others mourn Mabogunje, 1st Nigerian Professor of Geography

    Two former Vice-Chancellors, University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka and Prof. Isaac Adewole, have extolled the virtues and contributions of the late Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje, the first Nigerian Professor of Geography.

    Olayinka and Adewole along with others spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Saturday.

    NAN reports that Mabogunje was born on Oct.18, 1931 in Kano and died on Aug. 4. Mabogunje was African President of the International Geographical Union.

    In 1999, he was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences, among other achievements during his lifetime.

    Olayinka said: “We mourn the demise of Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje.

    Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his entire family, associates and friends.

    “He matriculated at the then University College, Ibadan in 1949 and earned a First Degree in Geography in 1953. This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in the same discipline.

    “He was elevated to the grade of Professor in 1965, thus becoming the first Nigerian Professor of Geography.

    “Baba was widely acclaimed as the foremost Social Scientist ever produced by Africa.

    He had earlier, in his illustrious career, served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ibadan from 1968 till 1970. “He provided a leadership role in the preparation of the Master Plan for the Abuja Federal Capital Territory.

    ” According to Olayinka, as one of the earliest students of the University College, Ibadan, Mabogunje received the Degree of Doctor of Science _honoris causa_ from the University of Ibadan in 2018. “He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him as a distinguished and highly respected UIte, who was very passionate, about his Alma Mater.

    “He served meritoriously as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye,” he said.

    Olayinka said that it was high time the government took the advice of the late professor on university ownership to ensure sustainability.

    “It is generally accepted that the fortunes of the Nigerian University System cannot improve until a sustainable funding model is guaranteed.

    “In this respect, about a decade ago, Prof. Akin Mabogunje suggested that the Federal Government of Nigeria should hand over the University of Ibadan to the Alumni to manage.

    “It is perhaps high time this proposal is interrogated for the overall benefit of the country, otherwise, if we are to learn from history the current national strike by ASUU may painfully not be the last.

    “We pray for the repose of the soul of the Colossus and eminent global citizen, Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje.

    He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew this humble and soft spoken academic giant,” the former VC said.

    Also, Adewole, another former Vice-Chancellor, extolled the virtues of the deceased and his contributions to the development of Nigeria, especially the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

    “We have lost an ‘Iroko’.

    He was truly the last of the ‘Mohicans’.

    An academic noble, he dined and wined with the Kings and Queens.

    “He was another ‘Mr Fix’, a soft spoken man, who influenced policies without being a politician.

    “Abuja was his hand and foot print.

    A city that could be named after him.

    A unique and successful family man, he remained largely visible but quiet.

    His work and legacy are immortal.

    “May his gentle soul Rest In Peace,” Adewole, a former Minister of Health, said.

    In his comments, retired Prof. Olabode Lucas of the Department of Agronomy,  University of Ibadan, said that the late Prof. Mabogunje was indeed an academic giant and intellectual Colossus.

    “He was in the same league as Ibadan Academic giants like Dike, Lambo, Ajayi  Lucas, Odeku, Akinkugbe, Aboyade, Irvine, Durley, Olayide Oyenuga and Bassir.

    “He was the greatest Geographer in Africa, who won the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Geography.

    “As a student at Ibadan, he was the Secretary of the Action Group on the campus together  with people like Bola Ige and Olutoye.

    “In this capacity, he was a member of the Action Group Executive Council presided over by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

    “After retirement, he founded the DPC with Prof. Aboyade.

    For many years, he was the Chancellor of Ogun State University.

    “He came, he saw and conquered.

    May his soul rest in perfect peace,” Lucas said.

    Also, Mr David Afolayan, the Chief Executive Officer, GIS Konsult, said that the late Prof. Mabogunje contributed to learning of Geography and passed it down to the next generation.

    Afolayan described the deceased as a professor of professors and a great mentor.

    “He contributed immensely to teaching of GIS in public and private secondary schools in Nigeria since 2015 and in equipping the next generation on having a better understanding of how the world works.

    “And, he also empowered young people to proffer solutions to problems in the society through the connections he provided on the project I was inspired to take on,” Afolayan said.


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  •  Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday unveiled Channel Point Apartments a mini housing scheme in Victoria Island further raising the housing stock of the state Channel Point Apartments are a composite housing project jointly developed by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation LSDPC and Brook Assets and Resources Ltd a private real estate developer The housing scheme located in Sinari Daranijo Street consists of twin blocks of 38 unit two and three bedroom flats on a land size of 2 832 square metres Speaking during the unveiling Sanwo Olu said that the project made it the 16th housing project completed and delivered in the last three years by his administration He said the 38 unit housing project showed the result of collaboration between government and the private sector According to him the present administration s determination to provide affordable and decent housing for the residents through public private collaboration has yielded positive outcomes Sanwo Olu said that the urban renewal agenda of the state government remained on course He noted that the overall goal of provision of modern housing and infrastructure was to ensure that the state sustained its growth and the megacity status I congratulate the LSDPC and Asset Brooks and Resources Ltd on the successful completion of this edifice Progress is indeed achievable when public and private sector enterprises come together bringing their core strengths to the table for the good of the entire society This positive outcome is yet another testimony to the effective collaboration between government and the private sector in the implementation of our agenda to provide affordable and decent housing for our people I am impressed by the quality of work done by the contractor which reflects the quality of monitoring and supervision by the LSDPC which has sustained the high standards set long before now We shall continue to pursue and implement this tried and tested model of public private collaboration as it has proven to be a potent strategy for keeping up with the rate of demand for housing by our rapidly increasing population he said Sanwo Olu said his administration had pursued its urban renewal policy vigorously which resulted in rehabilitation and reconstruction of various infrastructure across the state He said that the government would continue to provide a supportive environment for business and investment to flourish while improving life expectancy in the state The governor said the ongoing automation and digitisation reforms in property records and land administration in Lagos were already yielding positive outcomes He also said that the Enterprise Geographic Information System e GIS being introduced by the state government for transparent land allocation would be ready before the end of 2022 We are giving commitment that before the end of the year our e GIS platform which will unlock openness and raise efficiency in processing of property titles within weeks at applicant s comfort zone will be delivered Disagreements over land titles will be a thing of the past Sanwo Olu said The governor assured residents that provision of decent affordable housing remained a key priority for his administration disclosing more housing schemes were due for completion across the state The Managing Director LSDPC Mr Ayodeji Joseph said that the project was another progress recorded by the Sanwo Olu s administration in closing the housing deficit in Lagos Joseph said that the development of the Channel Point Apartments was conceptualised during Sanwo Olu s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of LSDPC He said that the site of the project had two bungalow houses before the agency converted it into a mini estate The Managing Director of Brook Assets and Resources Ltd Ms Lanre Sola said the scheme offered luxury accommodation for the comfort of the allottees Sola said that in spite of the challenges encountered in the course of the development including the paucity of funding occasioned by the outbreak of COVID 19 the company was resilient and showed great commitment to deliver the project The mini estate has modern facilities such as a water treatment plant LPG Reticulation Service fitness gym swimming pool roof top cinema sit out space and two elevators per block On his part the Oniru of Iruland Oba AbdulWasiu Lawal commended Gov Sanwo Olu for the progress made in the housing sector Lawal said that he was happy that the governor s vision for housing was in tandem with his vision to make Lagos compact and smart for the residents He said that Lagos had a very small landmass hence there was the need for the state to always convert any available space or inactive property to good use for the hundreds of residents who were in need of housing Lawal said that the state could always explore the opportunity to make the state liveable for millions of residents in spite of the growing population NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 16th housing project in 3 years
     Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday unveiled Channel Point Apartments a mini housing scheme in Victoria Island further raising the housing stock of the state Channel Point Apartments are a composite housing project jointly developed by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation LSDPC and Brook Assets and Resources Ltd a private real estate developer The housing scheme located in Sinari Daranijo Street consists of twin blocks of 38 unit two and three bedroom flats on a land size of 2 832 square metres Speaking during the unveiling Sanwo Olu said that the project made it the 16th housing project completed and delivered in the last three years by his administration He said the 38 unit housing project showed the result of collaboration between government and the private sector According to him the present administration s determination to provide affordable and decent housing for the residents through public private collaboration has yielded positive outcomes Sanwo Olu said that the urban renewal agenda of the state government remained on course He noted that the overall goal of provision of modern housing and infrastructure was to ensure that the state sustained its growth and the megacity status I congratulate the LSDPC and Asset Brooks and Resources Ltd on the successful completion of this edifice Progress is indeed achievable when public and private sector enterprises come together bringing their core strengths to the table for the good of the entire society This positive outcome is yet another testimony to the effective collaboration between government and the private sector in the implementation of our agenda to provide affordable and decent housing for our people I am impressed by the quality of work done by the contractor which reflects the quality of monitoring and supervision by the LSDPC which has sustained the high standards set long before now We shall continue to pursue and implement this tried and tested model of public private collaboration as it has proven to be a potent strategy for keeping up with the rate of demand for housing by our rapidly increasing population he said Sanwo Olu said his administration had pursued its urban renewal policy vigorously which resulted in rehabilitation and reconstruction of various infrastructure across the state He said that the government would continue to provide a supportive environment for business and investment to flourish while improving life expectancy in the state The governor said the ongoing automation and digitisation reforms in property records and land administration in Lagos were already yielding positive outcomes He also said that the Enterprise Geographic Information System e GIS being introduced by the state government for transparent land allocation would be ready before the end of 2022 We are giving commitment that before the end of the year our e GIS platform which will unlock openness and raise efficiency in processing of property titles within weeks at applicant s comfort zone will be delivered Disagreements over land titles will be a thing of the past Sanwo Olu said The governor assured residents that provision of decent affordable housing remained a key priority for his administration disclosing more housing schemes were due for completion across the state The Managing Director LSDPC Mr Ayodeji Joseph said that the project was another progress recorded by the Sanwo Olu s administration in closing the housing deficit in Lagos Joseph said that the development of the Channel Point Apartments was conceptualised during Sanwo Olu s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of LSDPC He said that the site of the project had two bungalow houses before the agency converted it into a mini estate The Managing Director of Brook Assets and Resources Ltd Ms Lanre Sola said the scheme offered luxury accommodation for the comfort of the allottees Sola said that in spite of the challenges encountered in the course of the development including the paucity of funding occasioned by the outbreak of COVID 19 the company was resilient and showed great commitment to deliver the project The mini estate has modern facilities such as a water treatment plant LPG Reticulation Service fitness gym swimming pool roof top cinema sit out space and two elevators per block On his part the Oniru of Iruland Oba AbdulWasiu Lawal commended Gov Sanwo Olu for the progress made in the housing sector Lawal said that he was happy that the governor s vision for housing was in tandem with his vision to make Lagos compact and smart for the residents He said that Lagos had a very small landmass hence there was the need for the state to always convert any available space or inactive property to good use for the hundreds of residents who were in need of housing Lawal said that the state could always explore the opportunity to make the state liveable for millions of residents in spite of the growing population NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 16th housing project in 3 years
    General news2 months ago

    Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 16th housing project in 3 years

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday unveiled Channel Point Apartments, a mini-housing scheme in Victoria Island, further raising the housing stock of the state.

    Channel Point Apartments are a composite housing project jointly developed by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) and Brook Assets and Resources Ltd., a private real estate developer.

    The housing scheme, located in Sinari Daranijo Street, consists of twin blocks of 38-unit two-and three-bedroom flats on a land size of 2,832 square metres.

    Speaking during the unveiling, Sanwo-Olu said that the project made it the 16th housing project completed and delivered in the last three years by his administration.

    He said the 38-unit housing project showed the result of collaboration between government and the private sector.

    According to him, the present administration’s determination to provide affordable and decent housing for the residents through public-private collaboration has yielded positive outcomes.

    Sanwo-Olu said that the urban renewal agenda of the state government remained on course.

    He noted that the overall goal of provision of modern housing and infrastructure was to ensure that the state sustained its growth and the megacity status.

    ”I congratulate the LSDPC and Asset Brooks and Resources Ltd. on the successful completion of this edifice.

    Progress is, indeed, achievable when public and private sector enterprises come together, bringing their core strengths to the table, for the good of the entire society.

    ”This positive outcome is yet another testimony to the effective collaboration between government and the private sector in the implementation of our agenda to provide affordable and decent housing for our people.

    ”I am impressed by the quality of work done by the contractor, which reflects the quality of monitoring and supervision by the LSDPC, which has sustained the high standards set long before now.

    ”We shall continue to pursue and implement this tried-and-tested model of public-private collaboration, as it has proven to be a potent strategy for keeping up with the rate of demand for housing by our rapidly increasing population,” he said.

    Sanwo-Olu said his administration had pursued its urban renewal policy vigorously, which resulted in rehabilitation and reconstruction of various infrastructure across the state.

    He said that the government would continue to provide a supportive environment for business and investment to flourish, while improving life expectancy in the state.

    The governor said the ongoing automation and digitisation reforms in property records and land administration in Lagos were already yielding positive outcomes.

    He also said that the Enterprise Geographic Information System (e-GIS) being introduced by the state government for transparent land allocation would be ready before the end of 2022. “We are giving commitment that before the end of the year, our e-GIS platform, which will unlock openness and raise efficiency in processing of property titles within weeks at applicant’s comfort zone, will be delivered.

    Disagreements over land titles will be a thing of the past,” Sanwo-Olu said.

    The governor assured residents that provision of decent, affordable housing remained a key priority for his administration, disclosing more housing schemes were due for completion across the state.

    The Managing Director, LSDPC, Mr Ayodeji Joseph, said that the project was another progress recorded by the Sanwo-Olu’s administration in closing the housing deficit in Lagos.

    Joseph said that the development of the Channel Point Apartments was conceptualised during Sanwo-Olu’s tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of LSDPC.

    He said that the site of the project had two bungalow houses before the agency converted it into a mini estate.

    The Managing Director of Brook Assets and Resources Ltd., Ms Lanre Sola, said the scheme offered luxury accommodation for the comfort of the allottees.

    Sola said that in spite of the challenges encountered in the course of the development, including the paucity of funding occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19, the company was resilient and showed great commitment to deliver the project.

    The mini estate has modern facilities, such as a water treatment plant, LPG Reticulation Service, fitness gym, swimming pool, roof-top cinema, sit-out space and two elevators per block.

    On his part, the Oniru of Iruland, Oba AbdulWasiu Lawal, commended Gov. Sanwo-Olu for the progress made in the housing sector.

    Lawal said that he was happy that the governor’s vision for housing was in tandem with his vision to make Lagos compact and smart for the residents.

    He said that Lagos had a very small landmass, hence, there was the need for the state to always convert any available space or inactive property to good use, for the hundreds of residents who were in need of housing.

    Lawal said that the state could always explore the opportunity to make the state liveable for millions of residents, in spite of the growing population.


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  •  The Anambra State Government says issuance of Certificate of Occupancy C of O to private land owners is now done within 30 working days rather than the former two or three years Prof Offornze Amucheazi state Commissioner for Lands disclosed this during the ongoing 2022 Revised Budget defence He spoke before the state House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation on Tuesday in Awka Amucheazi said that the ministry had set timelines for land or property documentation processes to address numerous complaints from residents He described C of O as a document issued by state governments to landowners and property buyers as a legitimate proof of ownership When we came in timeline was a major challenge and to address that we streamlined our timelines and I can tell you authoritatively that we are working with the timelines Before it took about two to three years to obtain C of O but now as a private land owner you can obtain your C of O within 30 working days so long your documents are complete As time goes on we will work on a downward review of the timeline We are yet to set a timeline for issuance of C of O for state owned land because we are waiting for the report of the Land reform committee set up to investigate some issues he said The Commissioner said the ministry had started digitalising land documentation processes in the state to prevent delays We have stated test running the Fast Track Mortgage system Once you submit your documents your mortgage will be out within 10 days And we are keeping to the timelines By August we will commence a Geographic Information Systems GIS system and Gov Charles Soludo has approved it Once it commences within one and half years we will have an effective GIS system to store analyse and visualise data for lands We also hope to have a fireproof safe to protect all land documents in the state Ministry of land is very crucial and if we do not get it right we can not achieve anything in the state he said Reacting Mr Chidi Udenmadu a lawmaker representing Ihiala Constituency l who chaired the committee expressed satisfaction with the budgeted projects of the Ministry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra Commissioner: C of O obtainable in 30 working days
     The Anambra State Government says issuance of Certificate of Occupancy C of O to private land owners is now done within 30 working days rather than the former two or three years Prof Offornze Amucheazi state Commissioner for Lands disclosed this during the ongoing 2022 Revised Budget defence He spoke before the state House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation on Tuesday in Awka Amucheazi said that the ministry had set timelines for land or property documentation processes to address numerous complaints from residents He described C of O as a document issued by state governments to landowners and property buyers as a legitimate proof of ownership When we came in timeline was a major challenge and to address that we streamlined our timelines and I can tell you authoritatively that we are working with the timelines Before it took about two to three years to obtain C of O but now as a private land owner you can obtain your C of O within 30 working days so long your documents are complete As time goes on we will work on a downward review of the timeline We are yet to set a timeline for issuance of C of O for state owned land because we are waiting for the report of the Land reform committee set up to investigate some issues he said The Commissioner said the ministry had started digitalising land documentation processes in the state to prevent delays We have stated test running the Fast Track Mortgage system Once you submit your documents your mortgage will be out within 10 days And we are keeping to the timelines By August we will commence a Geographic Information Systems GIS system and Gov Charles Soludo has approved it Once it commences within one and half years we will have an effective GIS system to store analyse and visualise data for lands We also hope to have a fireproof safe to protect all land documents in the state Ministry of land is very crucial and if we do not get it right we can not achieve anything in the state he said Reacting Mr Chidi Udenmadu a lawmaker representing Ihiala Constituency l who chaired the committee expressed satisfaction with the budgeted projects of the Ministry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anambra Commissioner: C of O obtainable in 30 working days
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    Anambra Commissioner: C of O obtainable in 30 working days

    The Anambra State Government says issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to private land owners is now done within 30 working days, rather than the former two or three years.

    Prof. Offornze Amucheazi, state Commissioner for Lands, disclosed this during the ongoing 2022 Revised Budget defence.

    He spoke before the state House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, on Tuesday in Awka.

    Amucheazi said that the ministry had set timelines for land or property documentation processes to address numerous complaints from residents.

    He described C of O as a document issued by state governments to landowners and property buyers as a legitimate proof of ownership.

    “When we came in, timeline was a major challenge, and to address that, we streamlined our timelines and I can tell you authoritatively that we are working with the timelines.

    “Before, it took about two to three years to obtain C of O, but now, as a private land owner, you can obtain your C of O within 30 working days, so long your documents are complete.

    “As time goes on, we will work on a downward review of the timeline.

    “We are yet to set a timeline for issuance of C of O for state-owned land, because we are waiting for the report of the Land reform committee set up to investigate some issues,” he said.

    The Commissioner said the ministry had started digitalising land documentation processes in the state to prevent delays.

    “We have stated test running the Fast Track Mortgage system.Once you submit your documents, your mortgage will be out within 10 days. And we are keeping to the timelines.

    “By August, we will commence a
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) system and Gov. Charles Soludo has approved it .

    “Once it commences, within one and half years, we will have an effective GIS system to store, analyse, and visualise data for lands.

    “We also hope to have a fireproof safe to protect all land documents in the state. Ministry of land is very crucial and if we do not get it right, we can not achieve anything in the state, ” he said.

    Reacting, Mr Chidi Udenmadu, a lawmaker representing Ihiala Constituency l, who chaired the committee, expressed satisfaction with the budgeted projects of the Ministry.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women Aisha Buhari example Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women Aisha Buhari example By Ahmed Ubandom News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably women cannot be ignored in the quest to ensure food security especially in sub Saharan Africa According to the United Nations women represent 50 per cent of agricultural labour force in Sub Saharan Africa It was as a result of this undeniable fact that the Nigeria s First Lady Aisha Buhari and President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM has sustained her commitment to support women in agriculture Recently Aisha Buhari sent a delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to participation in a high level forum on Food Security organised by the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS and Kazakhstan National Agrarian Research University Participants were drawn from different member states of the Organisation of Islamic Countries OIC including ministers opinion leaders and experts in agro industrial sector The Nigeria s delegation was led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy Office of First Lady Mr Sani Zorro In his presentation Zorro enumerated the achievements of the Aisha Buhari Foundation ABF in supporting women and children especially in the areas of health education and nutritional needs of malnourished communities in Nigeria Zorro also listed ABF s interventions in addressing cases associated with gender based violence promotion of adolescence health and nutrition needs girl child education among others He explained that the interventions were executed through strategic collaboration between the ABF and other development partners While in Kazakhstan the Nigerian delegation held strategic meetings with the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS Ombudsman for Children s Rights in Kazakhstan Institute of World Economics and Politics IWEP Nur Sultan Foundation Other were Hassad Food Qatar Attyab International Services Arab Authority as well as GIS Space Services among others The organisers of the high level forum the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS had earlier indicated interest to partner the first lady s foundation to provide technical support for women in Agriculture especially rural women The IOFS Director General Prof Yerlan Baidaulet said that the partnership would require building technical capacities of rural women for a more productive engagement in agriculture The D G said that the IOFS had a lot in common with the ABF in terms of operational convergence for rural farming The two organisations have a lot in common especially in the areas of developing technical capacity for female farmers and rural farming I am sure there are big opportunities in this kind of project especially in the rural areas for developing technical capacity for rural farmers especially female farmers so I think we have a lot of things to do by cooperating with the first lady s foundation We have to work because today we are witnessing a lot of inequalities a lot of social problems I think those who are giving this kind of opportunity to partner the first lady s foundation will join efforts and do something tangible for the good of the people he said Baidaulet commended the ABF for its commitment to tackle social problems support humanity and make the society a better place On his part the representative of the first lady Mr Zorro expressed optimism that the partnership would be mutually beneficial He said that the ABF had been visibly proactive in providing healthcare education and economic empowerment services to the vulnerable in the society The foundation is willing to collaborate with reputable organisations around the world to deepen its support for humanity he said During one of the sessions the first lady advocated for increased stakeholders engagements in promoting peace building among farming communities to ensure sustainable food security in the Afreican continent The first lady emphasised the need to join forces to address the devastating impact of climate change especially as it affects women and children as well as food production She said concerted effort must be made by relevant authorities to stem the conflicts between farming communities and herdsmen According to her the situation threatens food production in most farming communities She said government of Nigeria had invested huge resources to curtail the situation and to guarantee safety to the farming communities Efforts are being made to address the situation in most affected areas of Africa especially from humanitarian organisation Efforts from my office and my foundation the Aisha Buhari Foundation have continued to support women youths and children who are mostly affected by the challenges affecting our environment I am excited by the efforts aimed at partnering the Islamic Organisation for Food Security in our commitment to achieving food security especially through food security and nutrition As President of AFLPM sometime last month I have the opportunity to address the General Assembly Summit of African Union Heads of States and Government as a reliable partner in promoting peace in the continent We are committed to using the network of AFLPM to influence the teachings of peace and security education in primary secondary and territory schools in the continent she said Aisha Buhari also informed the gathering that her foundation had partnered the Federal Ministry of Health to promote traditional medicinal herbs through the utilisation of genetic plants This is a segment of our agriculture which large number of our local population depend on for the treatment of their ailments food supplements and cosmetics According to her out of 10 000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria only 20 per cent are utilised In addition my office has resolved to work with the Nigerian parliament to accelerate the passage of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine TCAM Council Bill into law She reiterated her determination to support women and children especially women in agriculture for sustainable food security in the continent Undoubtedly the high level forum which had representatives from over 20 member countries of IOC formed a dynamic stand for multi stakeholders dialogue to explore ways of ensuring food security boost innovations and sharing of challenges associated with food security and nutrition across the globe NANFeatures If used pleased credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
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      Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women Aisha Buhari example Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women Aisha Buhari example By Ahmed Ubandom News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably women cannot be ignored in the quest to ensure food security especially in sub Saharan Africa According to the United Nations women represent 50 per cent of agricultural labour force in Sub Saharan Africa It was as a result of this undeniable fact that the Nigeria s First Lady Aisha Buhari and President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM has sustained her commitment to support women in agriculture Recently Aisha Buhari sent a delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to participation in a high level forum on Food Security organised by the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS and Kazakhstan National Agrarian Research University Participants were drawn from different member states of the Organisation of Islamic Countries OIC including ministers opinion leaders and experts in agro industrial sector The Nigeria s delegation was led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy Office of First Lady Mr Sani Zorro In his presentation Zorro enumerated the achievements of the Aisha Buhari Foundation ABF in supporting women and children especially in the areas of health education and nutritional needs of malnourished communities in Nigeria Zorro also listed ABF s interventions in addressing cases associated with gender based violence promotion of adolescence health and nutrition needs girl child education among others He explained that the interventions were executed through strategic collaboration between the ABF and other development partners While in Kazakhstan the Nigerian delegation held strategic meetings with the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS Ombudsman for Children s Rights in Kazakhstan Institute of World Economics and Politics IWEP Nur Sultan Foundation Other were Hassad Food Qatar Attyab International Services Arab Authority as well as GIS Space Services among others The organisers of the high level forum the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS had earlier indicated interest to partner the first lady s foundation to provide technical support for women in Agriculture especially rural women The IOFS Director General Prof Yerlan Baidaulet said that the partnership would require building technical capacities of rural women for a more productive engagement in agriculture The D G said that the IOFS had a lot in common with the ABF in terms of operational convergence for rural farming The two organisations have a lot in common especially in the areas of developing technical capacity for female farmers and rural farming I am sure there are big opportunities in this kind of project especially in the rural areas for developing technical capacity for rural farmers especially female farmers so I think we have a lot of things to do by cooperating with the first lady s foundation We have to work because today we are witnessing a lot of inequalities a lot of social problems I think those who are giving this kind of opportunity to partner the first lady s foundation will join efforts and do something tangible for the good of the people he said Baidaulet commended the ABF for its commitment to tackle social problems support humanity and make the society a better place On his part the representative of the first lady Mr Zorro expressed optimism that the partnership would be mutually beneficial He said that the ABF had been visibly proactive in providing healthcare education and economic empowerment services to the vulnerable in the society The foundation is willing to collaborate with reputable organisations around the world to deepen its support for humanity he said During one of the sessions the first lady advocated for increased stakeholders engagements in promoting peace building among farming communities to ensure sustainable food security in the Afreican continent The first lady emphasised the need to join forces to address the devastating impact of climate change especially as it affects women and children as well as food production She said concerted effort must be made by relevant authorities to stem the conflicts between farming communities and herdsmen According to her the situation threatens food production in most farming communities She said government of Nigeria had invested huge resources to curtail the situation and to guarantee safety to the farming communities Efforts are being made to address the situation in most affected areas of Africa especially from humanitarian organisation Efforts from my office and my foundation the Aisha Buhari Foundation have continued to support women youths and children who are mostly affected by the challenges affecting our environment I am excited by the efforts aimed at partnering the Islamic Organisation for Food Security in our commitment to achieving food security especially through food security and nutrition As President of AFLPM sometime last month I have the opportunity to address the General Assembly Summit of African Union Heads of States and Government as a reliable partner in promoting peace in the continent We are committed to using the network of AFLPM to influence the teachings of peace and security education in primary secondary and territory schools in the continent she said Aisha Buhari also informed the gathering that her foundation had partnered the Federal Ministry of Health to promote traditional medicinal herbs through the utilisation of genetic plants This is a segment of our agriculture which large number of our local population depend on for the treatment of their ailments food supplements and cosmetics According to her out of 10 000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria only 20 per cent are utilised In addition my office has resolved to work with the Nigerian parliament to accelerate the passage of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine TCAM Council Bill into law She reiterated her determination to support women and children especially women in agriculture for sustainable food security in the continent Undoubtedly the high level forum which had representatives from over 20 member countries of IOC formed a dynamic stand for multi stakeholders dialogue to explore ways of ensuring food security boost innovations and sharing of challenges associated with food security and nutrition across the globe NANFeatures If used pleased credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women: Aisha Buhari example

    Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women: Aisha Buhari example

    Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women: Aisha Buhari example

    By Ahmed Ubandom, News Agency of Nigeria

    Unarguably, women cannot be ignored in the quest to ensure food security, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the United Nations, women represent 50 per cent of agricultural labour force in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    It was as a result of this undeniable fact, that the Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari and President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM), has sustained her commitment to support women in agriculture.

    Recently, Aisha Buhari sent a delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to participation in a high-level forum on Food Security, organised by the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS) and Kazakhstan National Agrarian Research University.

    Participants were drawn from different member-states of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), including ministers, opinion leaders and experts in agro-industrial sector.

    The Nigeria`s delegation was led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Office of First Lady, Mr Sani Zorro.

    In his presentation, Zorro enumerated the achievements of the Aisha Buhari Foundation (ABF), in supporting women and children, especially in the areas of health, education and nutritional needs of malnourished communities in Nigeria.

    Zorro also listed ABF`s interventions in addressing cases associated with gender-based violence, promotion of adolescence health and nutrition needs, girl-child education, among others.

    He explained that the interventions were executed through strategic collaboration between the ABF and other development partners.

    While in Kazakhstan, the Nigerian delegation held  strategic meetings with the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS), Ombudsman for Children`s Rights in Kazakhstan, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Nur-Sultan Foundation.

    Other were Hassad Food Qatar, Attyab International Services, Arab Authority as well as GIS Space Services, among others.

    The organisers of the high-level forum, the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS) had earlier, indicated interest to partner the first lady`s foundation to provide technical support for women in Agriculture, especially rural women.

    The IOFS Director-General, Prof. Yerlan Baidaulet, said that the partnership would require building technical capacities of rural women for a more productive engagement in agriculture.

    The D-G said that the IOFS had a lot in common with the ABF in terms of operational convergence for rural farming.

    “The two organisations have a lot in common, especially in the areas of developing technical capacity for female farmers and rural farming.

    “ I am sure there are big opportunities in this kind of project, especially in the rural areas for developing technical capacity for rural farmers, especially female farmers, so, I think we have a lot of things to do by cooperating with the first lady`s foundation.

    “ We have to work because today, we are witnessing a lot of inequalities, a lot of social problems, I think those who are giving this kind of opportunity to partner the first lady`s foundation will join efforts and do something tangible for the good of the people,” he said.

    Baidaulet, commended the ABF for its commitment to tackle social problems, support humanity and make the society a better place.

    On his part, the representative of the first lady, Mr Zorro, expressed optimism that the partnership would be mutually beneficial.

    He said that the ABF had been visibly proactive in providing healthcare, education and economic empowerment services to the vulnerable in the society.

    ”The foundation is willing to collaborate with reputable organisations around the world to deepen its support for humanity,” he said.

    During one of the sessions, the first lady, advocated for increased stakeholders engagements in promoting peace-building among farming communities to ensure sustainable food security in the Afreican continent.

    The first lady emphasised the need to join forces to address the devastating impact of climate change, especially as it affects women and children as well as food production.

    She said concerted effort must be made by relevant authorities to stem the conflicts between farming communities and herdsmen.

    According to her, the situation threatens food production in most farming communities.  She said government of Nigeria had invested huge resources to curtail the situation and to guarantee safety to the farming communities.

    “Efforts are being made to address the situation in most affected areas of Africa, especially from humanitarian organisation.

    “Efforts from my office and my foundation, the Aisha Buhari Foundation have continued to support women, youths and children who are mostly affected by the challenges affecting our environment.

    “ I am excited by the efforts aimed at partnering the Islamic Organisation for Food Security in our commitment to achieving food security, especially through food security and nutrition.

    “ As President of AFLPM, sometime last month, I have the opportunity to address the General Assembly Summit of African Union Heads of States and Government as a reliable partner in promoting peace in the continent.

    “ We are committed to using the network of AFLPM to influence the teachings of peace and security education in primary, secondary and territory schools in the continent, ” she said.

    Aisha Buhari also informed the gathering that her foundation had partnered the Federal Ministry of Health to promote traditional medicinal herbs through the utilisation of genetic plants.

    “ This is a segment of our agriculture which large number of our local population depend on for the treatment of their ailments, food supplements and cosmetics.

    According to her, out of 10,000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria, only 20 per cent are utilised.

    In addition, my office has resolved to work with the Nigerian parliament to accelerate the passage of the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Council Bill into law.

    She reiterated her determination to support women and children, especially women in agriculture for sustainable food security in the continent.

    Undoubtedly, the high-level forum which had representatives from over 20-member countries of IOC, formed a dynamic stand for multi-stakeholders’ dialogue to explore ways of ensuring food security, boost innovations and sharing of challenges associated with food security and nutrition across the globe. (NANFeatures).

    ** If used, pleased credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and seaports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari led administration on May 29 2022 President Buhari had on May 29 2015 took the oath of office as President promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life The seven years milestone according to the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered on its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges which are being robustly tackled by the government A one stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead Nigeria under Buhari s watch has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure program since Nigeria s Independence In Solid Minerals the Federal Government 2020 approved a new national policy on local production of bitumen In April 2022 the government announced the selection of PwC as Transaction Adviser for the concession process for Nigeria s bitumen blocks Nigeria has one of the largest bitumen reserves in the world mostly undeveloped The Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative PAGMI is a Buhari Administration scheme to enumerate deploying BVN and NIN data skill equip and finance by guaranteeing offtake with fair pricing artisanal gold miners in Nigeria Construction has also been completed on the first phase of the Segilola Gold Project Nigeria s first large scale commercial gold mine and most advanced gold exploration project also currently the largest defined gold deposit in the country The private sector project built during the pandemic began exporting gold in late 2021 In Kaduna a 600 million integrated iron ore mining processing and steel production company is being completed in Gujeni Kagarko LGA of the State a wholly private sector investment The Federal Government has also issued licenses to three companies to build the first set of gold refineries in Nigeria In 2020 the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN added Nigerian gold to its reserves for the first time The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has achieved The total automation and decentralization of the operations of the Mining Cadastre Office MCO Revitalized the Presidential Joint Task Force on Mines Surveillance Enhanced the operating capacity of the National Geosciences Research Laboratories NGRL in Kaduna so that samples no longer need to be sent abroad for processing Operationalization of the Solid Minerals Development Fund SMDF Established in 2018 the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development bringing the Federal and State Governments together Reactivated the State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committees MIREMCO The government announced the ongoing development of the following Mining related clusters in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development s Covid 19 economic intervention program Gold Souk in Kano Kaolin processing plant in Bauchi Gemstone market in Ibadan Lead smelting plant in Ebonyi Barite processing plant in Cross River Gold smelting plant in Kogi The Federal Government has also done very well in the agricultral sector particularly the Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP The Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria launched by President Buhari on November 17 2015 has disbursed more than N800 billion to more than four million smallholder farmers of 23 different commodities These commodities include Rice Wheat Maize Cotton Cassava Poultry Soybeans 27 Groundnut Fish cultivating over five million hectares of farmland The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative PFI was also inaugurated as a government to government partnership between the Nigerian and Moroccan Governments in Dec 2016 The Initiative produced 30 million 50kg bags of NPK 20 10 10 equivalent in 2020 bringing total production since inception to over 60 million 50kg bags equivalent The number of participating blending plants increased to 62 from the four that were operational in Nigeria at the inception of the initiative The government has concluded plans to establish a 500million partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria AfDB Group IsDB and IFAD under the Special Agro Industrial Processing Zones SAPZ Programme Under the SAPZ programme Agro processing centres will be established across the country The Agro processing centres will be provided with basic infrastructure such as water electricity and roads as well as facilities for skills training Seven States and the FCT selected for the pilot phase due to commence in 2022 Ogun Oyo Imo Cross River Kano Kaduna and Kwara The National Agricultural Land Development Authority NALDA is also establishing Integrated Farm Estates across Nigeria So far Farm Estates have been commissioned in Katsina Yobe and Imo and others are under development President Buhari has directed NALDA to establish these Integrated Farm in each of the 109 Senatorial Districts in the country NALDA was originally established in 1992 but has been dormant since around 2000 until last year when President Buhari revived it appointed a new Executive Secretary amp CEO June 2020 and directed that the Authority be domiciled in the Presidency for direct supervision by him An Integrated Farm Estate is designed to fit the particular context of its host community i e cultivate crops livestock peculiar to the community NALDA has also launched the National Young Farmers Scheme NYFS to engage 1 000 youths in each of the 774 LGAs in mechanized agriculture Also under the NYFS NALDA is sending in the first phase 200 young Nigerian farmers from the 36 States to Israel and Morocco for training in greenhouse farming and animal husbandry The beneficiaries will upon completion of their training and return to Nigeria be tasked with the training of other young people on NALDA s Integrated Farm Estates in their various areas Under agriculture for food and jobs programme AFAJ a component of the Economic Sustainability Plan a stimulus response to the Covid 19 pandemic the Federal Government trained and deployed over 34 000 young graduates across all 774 LGAs of the country Each person was given a locally developed app on smartphones and e Tablet to digitally register farmers and map out their farm GIS coordinates Another agricultural programme the National Livestock Transformation Plan NLTP is an initiative of the Nigerian Government designed to Modernise pastoral agriculture and livestock production in Nigeria through the establishment of ranches and to deliver a lasting solution to recurring clashes between pastoralists and crop farmers By addressing the resource land water and pasture constraints at the heart of the conflicts through this intervention the Government expects to see a situation where both livestock pastoralists and crop farmers contribute amicably to the country s agriculture sector NLTP will create jobs expand domestic technical capacity increase agricultural output milk and meat yields of local cattle breeds and very importantly engender peace and security across the country The Green Imperative a Nigeria Brazil Agricultural Mechanisation programme is also aimed at boosting agricultural production in Nigeria The 995 million 5 year project funded by the Bank of Brazil BDES with support from Deutsche Bank Islamic Development Bank and other partners aims to deliver agriculture technology transfer from Brazilian Original Equipment Manufacturers OEMs Research and Training Institutes to Nigeria s entrepreneurs Research Institutes and businesses The National Assembly has approved the loan for the financing of the programme which will involve the development of 632 privately operated primary production Mechanisation Service Centres and 142 Agro processing value addition Service Centres across the 774 Local Government Areas LGAs It will also involved the reactivation of 6 privately owned partially operational or moribund tractor assembly plants nationwide It will also train 100 000 new extension workers In a bid to uplift the quality of life of the less privileged Nigerians the Buhari administration in 2016 inaugurated the National Social Investment Programme The programme is currently believed to be the largest in Africa and one of the largest in the world The National Social Register NSR of poor and vulnerable Nigerians NSR now contains more than 46 million persons from more than 11 million poor and vulnerable households identified across more than 8 000 wards and 125 000 communities across the 36 States of the country and the FCT From this number close to 2 million poor and vulnerable Nigerian households are currently benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer CCT program which pays a bimonthly stipend of N10 000 per household In January 2019 President Buhari launched Nigeria s Micro Pension Scheme which allows self employed persons and persons working in organizations with less than 3 employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation Establishment of the Survival Fund the National Youth Investment Fund and National Special Public Works Program 774 000 beneficiaries across 774 LGAs nationwide and the Central Bank s Covid 19 300 billion Naira Targeted Credit Facility TCF to support millions of small businesses households and young people with federal grants loans and stipends The Buhari Administration s Survival Fund has provided grants Payroll Support Artisan and Transport Sector grants and General MSME grants to more than 1 2 million beneficiaries since the last quarter of 2020 It has also provided free business registration to 250 000 MSMEs across the country Presidential approval for the establishment of the Nigeria Investment and Growth Fund NIG Fund was also granted by the president in 2021 The Fund is being structured like a private equity fund and invests in commercially viable projects that will promote growth and innovation enhance local value addition create employment and promote exports As of the end of 2021 the Development Bank of Nigeria which commenced operations in 2017 had disbursed 482 billion Naira in loans to more than 200 000 MSMEs through 51 Participating Financial Institutions PFIs The Bank of Industry BOI has disbursed more than N1 trillion in loans to over three million large medium small and micro enterprises since 2015 NAN
    Economic, agric development of Buhari Administration at 7
     The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and seaports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari led administration on May 29 2022 President Buhari had on May 29 2015 took the oath of office as President promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life The seven years milestone according to the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered on its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges which are being robustly tackled by the government A one stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead Nigeria under Buhari s watch has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure program since Nigeria s Independence In Solid Minerals the Federal Government 2020 approved a new national policy on local production of bitumen In April 2022 the government announced the selection of PwC as Transaction Adviser for the concession process for Nigeria s bitumen blocks Nigeria has one of the largest bitumen reserves in the world mostly undeveloped The Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative PAGMI is a Buhari Administration scheme to enumerate deploying BVN and NIN data skill equip and finance by guaranteeing offtake with fair pricing artisanal gold miners in Nigeria Construction has also been completed on the first phase of the Segilola Gold Project Nigeria s first large scale commercial gold mine and most advanced gold exploration project also currently the largest defined gold deposit in the country The private sector project built during the pandemic began exporting gold in late 2021 In Kaduna a 600 million integrated iron ore mining processing and steel production company is being completed in Gujeni Kagarko LGA of the State a wholly private sector investment The Federal Government has also issued licenses to three companies to build the first set of gold refineries in Nigeria In 2020 the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN added Nigerian gold to its reserves for the first time The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has achieved The total automation and decentralization of the operations of the Mining Cadastre Office MCO Revitalized the Presidential Joint Task Force on Mines Surveillance Enhanced the operating capacity of the National Geosciences Research Laboratories NGRL in Kaduna so that samples no longer need to be sent abroad for processing Operationalization of the Solid Minerals Development Fund SMDF Established in 2018 the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development bringing the Federal and State Governments together Reactivated the State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committees MIREMCO The government announced the ongoing development of the following Mining related clusters in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development s Covid 19 economic intervention program Gold Souk in Kano Kaolin processing plant in Bauchi Gemstone market in Ibadan Lead smelting plant in Ebonyi Barite processing plant in Cross River Gold smelting plant in Kogi The Federal Government has also done very well in the agricultral sector particularly the Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP The Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria launched by President Buhari on November 17 2015 has disbursed more than N800 billion to more than four million smallholder farmers of 23 different commodities These commodities include Rice Wheat Maize Cotton Cassava Poultry Soybeans 27 Groundnut Fish cultivating over five million hectares of farmland The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative PFI was also inaugurated as a government to government partnership between the Nigerian and Moroccan Governments in Dec 2016 The Initiative produced 30 million 50kg bags of NPK 20 10 10 equivalent in 2020 bringing total production since inception to over 60 million 50kg bags equivalent The number of participating blending plants increased to 62 from the four that were operational in Nigeria at the inception of the initiative The government has concluded plans to establish a 500million partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria AfDB Group IsDB and IFAD under the Special Agro Industrial Processing Zones SAPZ Programme Under the SAPZ programme Agro processing centres will be established across the country The Agro processing centres will be provided with basic infrastructure such as water electricity and roads as well as facilities for skills training Seven States and the FCT selected for the pilot phase due to commence in 2022 Ogun Oyo Imo Cross River Kano Kaduna and Kwara The National Agricultural Land Development Authority NALDA is also establishing Integrated Farm Estates across Nigeria So far Farm Estates have been commissioned in Katsina Yobe and Imo and others are under development President Buhari has directed NALDA to establish these Integrated Farm in each of the 109 Senatorial Districts in the country NALDA was originally established in 1992 but has been dormant since around 2000 until last year when President Buhari revived it appointed a new Executive Secretary amp CEO June 2020 and directed that the Authority be domiciled in the Presidency for direct supervision by him An Integrated Farm Estate is designed to fit the particular context of its host community i e cultivate crops livestock peculiar to the community NALDA has also launched the National Young Farmers Scheme NYFS to engage 1 000 youths in each of the 774 LGAs in mechanized agriculture Also under the NYFS NALDA is sending in the first phase 200 young Nigerian farmers from the 36 States to Israel and Morocco for training in greenhouse farming and animal husbandry The beneficiaries will upon completion of their training and return to Nigeria be tasked with the training of other young people on NALDA s Integrated Farm Estates in their various areas Under agriculture for food and jobs programme AFAJ a component of the Economic Sustainability Plan a stimulus response to the Covid 19 pandemic the Federal Government trained and deployed over 34 000 young graduates across all 774 LGAs of the country Each person was given a locally developed app on smartphones and e Tablet to digitally register farmers and map out their farm GIS coordinates Another agricultural programme the National Livestock Transformation Plan NLTP is an initiative of the Nigerian Government designed to Modernise pastoral agriculture and livestock production in Nigeria through the establishment of ranches and to deliver a lasting solution to recurring clashes between pastoralists and crop farmers By addressing the resource land water and pasture constraints at the heart of the conflicts through this intervention the Government expects to see a situation where both livestock pastoralists and crop farmers contribute amicably to the country s agriculture sector NLTP will create jobs expand domestic technical capacity increase agricultural output milk and meat yields of local cattle breeds and very importantly engender peace and security across the country The Green Imperative a Nigeria Brazil Agricultural Mechanisation programme is also aimed at boosting agricultural production in Nigeria The 995 million 5 year project funded by the Bank of Brazil BDES with support from Deutsche Bank Islamic Development Bank and other partners aims to deliver agriculture technology transfer from Brazilian Original Equipment Manufacturers OEMs Research and Training Institutes to Nigeria s entrepreneurs Research Institutes and businesses The National Assembly has approved the loan for the financing of the programme which will involve the development of 632 privately operated primary production Mechanisation Service Centres and 142 Agro processing value addition Service Centres across the 774 Local Government Areas LGAs It will also involved the reactivation of 6 privately owned partially operational or moribund tractor assembly plants nationwide It will also train 100 000 new extension workers In a bid to uplift the quality of life of the less privileged Nigerians the Buhari administration in 2016 inaugurated the National Social Investment Programme The programme is currently believed to be the largest in Africa and one of the largest in the world The National Social Register NSR of poor and vulnerable Nigerians NSR now contains more than 46 million persons from more than 11 million poor and vulnerable households identified across more than 8 000 wards and 125 000 communities across the 36 States of the country and the FCT From this number close to 2 million poor and vulnerable Nigerian households are currently benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer CCT program which pays a bimonthly stipend of N10 000 per household In January 2019 President Buhari launched Nigeria s Micro Pension Scheme which allows self employed persons and persons working in organizations with less than 3 employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation Establishment of the Survival Fund the National Youth Investment Fund and National Special Public Works Program 774 000 beneficiaries across 774 LGAs nationwide and the Central Bank s Covid 19 300 billion Naira Targeted Credit Facility TCF to support millions of small businesses households and young people with federal grants loans and stipends The Buhari Administration s Survival Fund has provided grants Payroll Support Artisan and Transport Sector grants and General MSME grants to more than 1 2 million beneficiaries since the last quarter of 2020 It has also provided free business registration to 250 000 MSMEs across the country Presidential approval for the establishment of the Nigeria Investment and Growth Fund NIG Fund was also granted by the president in 2021 The Fund is being structured like a private equity fund and invests in commercially viable projects that will promote growth and innovation enhance local value addition create employment and promote exports As of the end of 2021 the Development Bank of Nigeria which commenced operations in 2017 had disbursed 482 billion Naira in loans to more than 200 000 MSMEs through 51 Participating Financial Institutions PFIs The Bank of Industry BOI has disbursed more than N1 trillion in loans to over three million large medium small and micro enterprises since 2015 NAN
    Economic, agric development of Buhari Administration at 7
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    Economic, agric development of Buhari Administration at 7

    The Presidency has again, reeled out 28-page of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strides in Oil and gas reforms, Digital economy, Mines and steel development, Agriculture, Education, Health, Creative Industry, Sports and infrastructural development; roads, bridges, rail, air and seaports, housing, and many others.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president’s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven-year anniversary of the Buhari-led administration on May 29, 2022.President Buhari had on May 29, 2015, took the oath of office as President, promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life.The seven years milestone, according to the President’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country and its people.Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered on its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges, which are being robustly tackled by the government.A one-stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done, and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead.Nigeria, under Buhari’s watch, has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure program since Nigeria’s Independence.In Solid Minerals, the Federal Government, 2020, approved a new national policy on local production of bitumen. In April 2022, the government announced the selection of PwC as Transaction Adviser for the concession process for Nigeria’s bitumen blocks. (Nigeria has one of the largest bitumen reserves in the world, mostly undeveloped).The Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI) is a Buhari Administration scheme to enumerate (deploying BVN and NIN data), ‘skill’, equip, and finance (by guaranteeing offtake—with fair pricing) artisanal gold miners in Nigeria.Construction has also been completed on the first phase of the Segilola Gold Project, Nigeria’s first large-scale commercial gold mine, and most advanced gold exploration project (also currently the largest defined gold deposit in the country).The private sector project, built during the pandemic, began exporting gold in late 2021. In Kaduna, a $600 million integrated iron ore mining, processing and steel production company is being completed, in Gujeni, Kagarko LGA of the State – a wholly private sector investment.The Federal Government has also issued licenses to three companies to build the first set of gold refineries in Nigeria. – In 2020, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) added Nigerian gold to its reserves for the first time.– The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has achieved: The total automation and decentralization of the operations of the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) Revitalized the Presidential Joint Task Force on Mines Surveillance Enhanced the operating capacity of the National Geosciences Research Laboratories (NGRL) in Kaduna, so that samples no longer need to be sent abroad for processing Operationalization of the Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF) Established, in 2018, the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development, bringing the Federal and State Governments together.Reactivated the State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committees (MIREMCO) The government announced the ongoing development of the following Mining-related clusters in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development’s Covid-19 economic intervention program:

    • Gold Souk in Kano
    • Kaolin-processing plant in Bauchi
    • Gemstone market in Ibadan
    • Lead-smelting plant in Ebonyi
    • Barite-processing plant in Cross River
    • Gold-smelting plant in Kogi
    The Federal Government has also done very well in the agricultral sector particularly the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). The Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria, launched by President Buhari on November 17, 2015, has disbursed more than N800 billion to more than four million smallholder farmers of 23 different commodities.These commodities include, Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton, Cassava, Poultry, Soybeans, 27 Groundnut, Fish), cultivating over five million hectares of farmland.The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI)was also inaugurated as a government-to-government partnership between the Nigerian and Moroccan Governments, in Dec. 2016.The Initiative produced 30 million 50kg bags of NPK 20:10:10 equivalent in 2020, bringing total production since inception to over 60 million 50kg bags equivalent.The number of participating blending plants increased to 62 from the four that were operational in Nigeria at the inception of the initiative.The government has concluded plans to establish a $500million partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria, AfDB Group, IsDB, and IFAD under the Special-Agro Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) Programme. Under the SAPZ programme, Agro-processing centres will be established across the country.The Agro-processing centres will be provided with basic infrastructure such as water, electricity and roads as well as facilities for skills training.Seven States and the FCT selected for the pilot phase, due to commence in 2022: Ogun, Oyo, Imo, Cross River, Kano, Kaduna, and Kwara.The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) is also establishing Integrated Farm Estates across Nigeria.So far, Farm Estates have been commissioned in Katsina, Yobe and Imo, and others are under development. President Buhari has directed NALDA to establish these Integrated Farm in each of the 109 Senatorial Districts in the country.NALDA was originally established in 1992, but has been dormant since around 2000, until last year when President Buhari revived it, appointed a new Executive Secretary & CEO (June 2020), and directed that the Authority be domiciled in the Presidency for direct supervision by him.An Integrated Farm Estate is designed to fit the particular context of its host community i.e., cultivate crops livestock peculiar to the community.NALDA has also launched the National Young Farmers Scheme (NYFS), to engage 1,000 youths in each of the 774 LGAs, in mechanized agriculture.Also, under the NYFS, NALDA is sending, in the first phase, 200 young Nigerian farmers, from the 36 States, to Israel and Morocco, for training in greenhouse farming and animal husbandry.The beneficiaries will, upon completion of their training and return to Nigeria, be tasked with the training of other young people, on NALDA’s Integrated Farm Estates in their various areas.Under agriculture for food and jobs programme (AFAJ), a component of the Economic Sustainability Plan (a stimulus response to the Covid-19 pandemic), the Federal Government trained and deployed over 34,000 young graduates, across all 774 LGAs of the country.Each person was given a locally-developed app on smartphones and e-Tablet, to digitally register farmers and map out their farm GIS coordinates.Another agricultural programme, the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), is an initiative of the Nigerian Government designed to Modernise pastoral agriculture and livestock production in Nigeria, through the establishment of ranches, and to deliver a lasting solution to recurring clashes between pastoralists and crop farmers.”By addressing the resource (land, water, and pasture) constraints at the heart of the conflicts through this intervention, the Government expects to see a situation where both livestock pastoralists and crop farmers contribute amicably to the country’s agriculture sector.”NLTP will create jobs, expand domestic technical capacity, increase agricultural output (milk and meat yields of local cattle breeds) and very importantly engender peace and security across the country.”The Green Imperative, a Nigeria-Brazil Agricultural Mechanisation programme is also aimed at boosting agricultural production in Nigeria.”The €995 million, 5-year project, funded by the Bank of Brazil (BDES), with support from Deutsche Bank, Islamic Development Bank, and other partners, aims to deliver agriculture technology transfer from Brazilian Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Research and Training Institutes to Nigeria’s entrepreneurs, Research Institutes and businesses.”The National Assembly has approved the loan for the financing of the programme, which will involve the development of 632 privately-operated primary production (Mechanisation) Service Centres and 142 Agro-processing (value-addition) Service Centres across the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs).It will also involved the reactivation of 6 privately owned partially-operational or moribund tractor assembly plants nationwide. It will also train 100,000 new extension workers.In a bid to uplift the quality of life of the less-privileged Nigerians, the Buhari administration in 2016, inaugurated the National Social Investment Programme.The programme is currently believed to be the largest in Africa and one of the largest in the world. The National Social Register (NSR) of poor and vulnerable Nigerians (NSR) now contains more than 46 million persons from more than 11 million poor and vulnerable households, identified across more than 8,000 wards and 125,000 communities across the 36 States of the country and the FCT.”From this number, close to 2 million poor and vulnerable Nigerian households are currently benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, which pays a bimonthly stipend of N10,000 per household. ”In January 2019, President Buhari launched Nigeria’s Micro-Pension Scheme – which allows self-employed persons and persons working in organizations with less than 3 employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation.”Establishment of the Survival Fund, the National Youth Investment Fund, and National Special Public Works Program (774,000 beneficiaries across 774 LGAs nationwide), and the Central Bank’s Covid-19 300 billion Naira Targeted Credit Facility (TCF) to support millions of small businesses, households, and young people, with federal grants, loans, and stipends.”The Buhari Administration’s Survival Fund has provided grants (Payroll Support, Artisan and Transport Sector grants, and General MSME grants) to more than 1.2 million beneficiaries, since the last quarter of 2020. ”It has also provided free business registration to 250,000 MSMEs across the country. Presidential approval for the establishment of the Nigeria Investment and Growth Fund (NIG-Fund), was also granted by the president in 2021. The Fund is being structured like a private equity fund and invests in commercially viable projects that will promote growth and innovation, enhance local value addition, create employment, and promote exports.”As of the end of 2021, the Development Bank of Nigeria (which commenced operations in 2017) had disbursed 482 billion Naira in loans to more than 200,000 MSMEs, through 51 Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs).The Bank of Industry (BOI) has disbursed more than N1 trillion in loans to over three million large, medium, small and micro enterprises, since 2015.(NAN)