By Doris Esa The federal government says one of the biggest threats to food security in Nigeria is farm-to-fork food waste. Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Dr Mohammed Abubakar made this known at a press conference on Friday as part of activities marking World Food Day 2021 in Abuja. Abubakar expressed concern about national food security, saying the ministry had inaugurated the “Zero Reject” program to improve the quality of the country’s domestic production to local and international market standards. “One of our biggest threats to food security in Nigeria is farm-to-fork food waste. “To deal with this threat, we have launched the ‘Zero Reject’ program aimed at improving the quality of our domestic production to the standards of local and international markets. “Zero Reject production would ensure an increase in the nation’s food supply for the people and income from export activities. “The government will always protect farmers’ crops.
By Doris Esa Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Dr Mohammed Abubakar said on Friday that 4.2 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty thanks to the agricultural sector in two years. The minister revealed it during a press conference in Abuja, to commemorate World Food Day 2021 under the theme: “Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life. ” “As part of our efforts to ensure food security, a total of 446 drinking water points have been provided to rural communities nationwide with 286,500 households having access to them. “We have also installed 11,952 electrical installations, as well as the supply of 5Nos, 500KVA transformers to rural areas, to facilitate access to electricity for food processing activities. “Additionally, through our various empowerment initiatives in agricultural production, processing and marketing, we have lifted a total of 4,205,576 Nigerians out of poverty over the.
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Dr Mohammed Abubakar said on Friday that 4.2 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty thanks to the agricultural sector in two years. The minister revealed it during a press conference in Abuja, to commemorate World Food Day 2021 under the theme: “Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life. ” “As part of our efforts to ensure food security, a total of 446 drinking water points have been provided to rural communities nationwide with 286,500 households having access to them. “We have also installed 11,952 electrical installations, as well as the supply of 5Nos, 500KVA transformers to rural areas, to facilitate access to electricity for food processing activities. “Additionally, through our various empowerment initiatives in agricultural production, processing and marketing, we have lifted a total of 4,205,576 Nigerians out of poverty over the past two years..
By Funmilayo Adeyemi The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, congratulated the private sector for taking a leadership position in meeting the country’s housing needs. Fashola, who was represented by Minister of State for Works and Housing, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, said the current administration is keen to promote affordable housing for citizens. He revealed it on Monday at the 15th Abuja International Housing Fair in Abuja on the topic “Sustainable and resilient housing solutions for a post-pandemic world”. The minister has identified affordable housing as part of the current government’s agenda. “As part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s development agenda to address housing needs in Nigeria, the federal government has launched a Pragmatic National Housing Program (NHP) to build acceptable and affordable homes across the country. “The first phase of the program began in fiscal 2016 in 34 states and FCT. In addition to the above, the ministry promotes.
The Federal Government has commenced training for workers in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to build their capacities towards attaining the digital transformation agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said this at the opening of the phase two training for 400 participants from 100 MDAs for the Digital Transformation Technical Working Groups (DT-TWGs) in Abuja on Monday. The theme of the training holding at the e-Government Training Centre is “Strengthening the Digital Economy Drive in Nigeria’s Federal Public Sector Using Galaxy Backbone’s Digital Services Platform”. He explained that in prevailing digital economic era, government must treat digitisation as an integral part of governance in order to succeed and compete globally. He emphasised that, digital governance was key to managing digital transformation successfully. “The digital economy is developing at a remarkable rate and it has been widely accepted as the single most important.
The Head of Department, Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, (ATBUTH), Bauchi, Dr. Zuhwaira Hassan, 45, has died in a car accident. Adamu Garkuwa, a Junior brother to the deceased, told News Agency of Nigeria at the Hospital on Monday that late Zuhwaira died in the early morning of Monday, while returning from Jos. Garkuwa, who is also the Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Bauchi State Command, said the incident occurred at Zaranda Village, on the Bauchi-Jos Road. “The remains of the deceased were being deposited in the mortuary of the hospital and we are waiting for the arrival of our elders to commence the burial process. “She will be buried at the Bauchi Central Cemetery, along Gombe Road, after her funeral prayer to be held here in ATBUTH’s Mosque,” he said. Garkuwa described the deceased as dedicated and hardworking person,.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, on Saturday advised the Nigerian youth to develop their skills and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector. Pantami gave the advice at the closing ceremony of Hackathon Actinspace Competition organised by NIGCOMSAT Limited in Abuja. The minister, who was represented by the Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, said the competition’s focus was critical to the needs of the space industry and humanity. “Its gives us great opportunity to become major participants in the growing global digital economy thereby making ICT not just an enabler but a catalyst for economic growth,’’ he said. Pantami said the competition targeted the creativity of the participants and also sharpened their entrepreneurial initiatives. He said the various teams that took part in the competition where challenged to conceive and design innovative services and products derived from space technologies and space acquired.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has tasked journalists on the need to demonstrate professionalism in their reportage as they serve as a link between the government and the people. Lalong made the call on Wednesday in Jos during the launching of the campaign of Mrs Lucy Chindaba who is aspiring for the office of the National president of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ). The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Danladi Atu, said it was imperative that the media profession sanitised itself of those who were unprofessional in their reportage. While unveiling Chindaba’s campaign materials, Lalong also said that ethical and professional standards were prerequisite to showcasing the pivotal roles that journalism played in the society. The guest speaker at the occasion, Dr Nancy Ogundimu, commended Chindaba for contesting for the position and said that Nigeria was in need of audacious women.
Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has inaugurated a 14-member committee for the distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to Nigerians in some rural communities. Pantami inaugurated the committee at a ceremony on Thursday in Abuja. He said that the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted negatively on individuals and businesses as they could not meet their needs due to constrained resources. Pantami said that the gesture was in recognition of the need to support and ease the economic hardship facing many Nigerians due to COVID-19 pandemic. “The palliatives will definitely not be enough, but we believe that the distribution will surely express our care and concern for the people. “This activity is in line with the 7th pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS)- Digital Society and Emerging Technology pillar. “The pillar focuses on tying the development of the digital economy to indices of well-being in the.
The Federal Ministry of Environment has expressed its readiness to support the Cross River Government in environmental restoration with a view to protect its biodiversity. Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, said this in Calabar, when he paid a courtesy visit to the state Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu on Tuesday. Abubakar said that his working visit to the state was to look at the ecological issues and the state dump site with a view to explore ways through which the Ministry can support the state in tackling the issues. “The Federal Ministry of Environment is extending a hand of working relationship in terms of environmental restoration to Cross River. “We just sent a team on waste management to the state, they have brought back the report and we are still looking at it to see how we can work together. “Also, the Ministry has donated 1 million tree seedlings.
The Federal Government has launched a Digital Nigeria Portal and Mobile Application in furtherance of the Digital Nigeria Programme, which was kick started by President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 19, 2020. Dr Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE), performed the virtual launch of the mobile application on Monday in Abuja. Pantami said it was part of government’s key initiatives aimed at empowering innovators and entrepreneurs with the requisite skills to thrive in an emerging digital economy. He explained that the Digital Nigeria programme was a key component of the Digital Literacy and Skills Pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria which was being championed by himself. Pantami said the ministry was partnering with global institutions including the African Development Bank (AFDB) and Microsoft to enable Nigerians acquire cutting edge digital skills within the comfort of their homes. The Minister,.
The Galaxy Backbone (GBB) has advised government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to leverage on its Information Communications Technology (ICT) services towards overcoming the COVID-19 challenges in the country. GBB Managing Director, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, made the appeal, on Monday in Abuja, at a breakfast event, on exploring fibre connectivity and other service opportunities for MDAs. Abubakar, represented by Mr Abdul-Malik Suleiman, GBB Group Head, Business Development, said that Digital Technologies had taken the centre stage in Nigeria, contributing greatly to the country’s Gross Domestic product (GDP) in the last quarter of the year. He said that the aim of the meeting was to expose MDAs to the World Class Digital Technology platforms built and developed to help connect and transform public institutions into organisations that can thrive effectively in the new world of work. “It is to renew our commitment to providing effective service to you through the bouquet.
The Minister of the Environment, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, has pledged support for policy implementation towards reversal of unsustainable management practices from human induced factors causing biodiversity loss in Africa. Abubakar was quoted, in a statement issued on Sunday by Mr Oladapo Soneye, spokesman of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), as making the call while declaring open a virtual regional consultative webinar on the environment. Organised in collaboration with NCF, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and other partners, the webinar was moderated by Prof. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, from the University of Ghana, and ran under the theme “Strengthening the African Position Ahead of the Open Ended Working Group-3 (OEGW-3) Meeting”. The minister said that the African continent was experiencing catastrophic biodiversity loss, resulting from human-induced threats arising from unsustainable management practices. He added that the West African sub-region was mostly impacted by this biodiversity loss while it experienced substantial economic loss because.
Jigawa Gov. Mohammed Abubakar has blamed the high cost of food in the country on past leaders describing them as chronic importers. He said this at the virtual inauguration of 12 projects across six geopolitical zones of the country by Dr Ali Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, on Thursday in Abuja. “Past leaders have been chronic importers,” the governor said. Abubakar said food was expensive in Nigeria because there were no policy directions or any form of substitution to importation. “How can food not be expensive when we inherited a system that has been built on $100 to $120 per barrel of crude and there is no import substitution. “No clear policy direction has been actualised to reduce importation; we keep making money from oil and spending it on imports,” he said. According to him President Muhammadu Buhari is not to be blamed for the drop in oil.
Dr Mohammed Abubakar, the Minister of Environment. said the new National Forest Policy (NFP), recently approved by Federal Executive Council (FEC), would assist the country in managing and sustaining its vast forest resources. Abubakar made this known in a statement issued by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, the Director Press of the ministry on Sunday in Abuja. He said that the NFP would also help to preserve Nigeria’s rich ecosystems as well as boost the current efforts of addressing various climate change challenges in the country. The minister said the policy had earlier been subjected to reviews by various stakeholders before it was endorsed and adopted by the National Council on Environment (NCE) in November 2019, after assessing its diverse benefits. According to him, the new policy is anchored on the need for continuous socio-economic development that provides optimal benefits to Nigeria in a sustainably managed environment that would contribute to.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has inaugurated six completed projects across the country under the digital economy sector. The inauguration, which was done virtually by Pantami on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari were geared toward supporting the developing a digital Nigeria. The Minister noted that the drive was in line with the present administration’s economic diversification, ensuring security, fighting corruption and leveraging on deploying Information Communications Technology (ICT), in achieving its agenda. He said that the six projects could be mapped to relevant pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy Strategy (NDEPS). The projects include the Tertiary Institution Centre, Enugu; the Nigerian Communication Satellite Northwest Regional Office, Kaduna; and Information Community Centre, Katsina. Others are Information Technology Hub, Kaduna; Information Technology Development Hub, Lagos; and Emergency Communication Centre, Kaduna. According to him, President Buhari unveiled NDEPS on Nov. 28, 2019 initiated by the Federal Ministry.
The Federal Government has approved the National Information Communications Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB II) for the extension of network to the northern part of the country. Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, Managing-Director, Galaxy Backbone (GBB), made this known during a facility tour by the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar lll, on Saturday in Abuja. Abubakar explained that NICTIB I focused on South-South, South-East and South-West, while NICTIB II was focused more on the North East and North West of the country. “The farther network will provide a backbone,” the GBB boss said. Abubakar said that the network connectivity made it possible for organisations, enterprises and individuals to communicate and was best using the NICTIB II project. He, however, gave assurance that the network would be equally distributed so that every city would have the same backbone and use the fiber comfortably. “Recently, there is an approval from the government to go.
The Federal Government on Wednesday opened a fresh bid to select contractors to provide portable water in oil spill impacted Ogoni communities in Rivers. Dr Marvin Dekil, the Project Coordinator, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) said at the opening of the bid in Port Harcourt that the Project was initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Report on Ogoniland. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that UNEP in 2011 recommended the provision of running water for Ogoni communities whose underground water got polluted by decades-long oil spills. Dekil said that HYPREP, under the Federal Ministry of Environment would coordinate the water projects in Eleme, Gokana, Khana and Tai areas covering Ogoniland to ensure early completion. “So, today we are opening bids for six lots to six competent companies to provide portable water to various locations in the four local government areas of Ogoniland. “We are optimistic that we will secure.
Pantami inaugurates committee to increase country’s broadband penetration by 2025 Committee By Jessica Dogo Abuja, July 9, 2020 (NAN) The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated a Broadband Implementation Steering Committee (BISC), to accelerate the attainment of the country’s broadband penetration to 70 per cent by 2025. Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, while inaugurating the committee in Abuja, said the current 40.18 per cent penetration should be raised to improve the contribution of the sector to the nation’s GDP. “If you look at the contribution of technology to our GDP, what we have achieved in the first quarter of 2020 is unprecedented, the contribution is 14.07 per cent. “So this is a clear indication that the more there is proper penetration, the more the nation’s GDP will increase. “Part of the plan is that we are targeting at least 90 per cent of our population in Nigeria.
Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of an FCT High Court, Maitama on Tuesday discharged Sen. Dino Melaye who was accused of providing false information to the police. The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) charged Melaye with two counts of giving false information to the police. Delivering a ruling in a no-case -submission filed Melaye, Justice Goodluck held that on count one, there is no evidence that the defendant gave false information to any person in public service. She also described the evidence given by PW1 (Onoja) as “vague”. The judge said:” neither of the two witnesses elicited evidence on the status of Mohammed Abubaker Audu.” “Hence, there is lack of evidence on the nature of the status of employment or if at all he is employed not to talk of him being engaged in public service,” she said. “I am also inclined to allude to the submissions of the defence counsel that there.