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Bauchi

The Programme Manager, Bauchi State Agricultural
Development Project, Dr Iliyasu Gital, recently advocated enhanced recruitment, training and deployment of extension workers to boost the country’s agricultural sector.
Gital said in Bauchi that poor agricultural extension service was affecting the national food security and the agricultural transformation agenda of the present administration.
He described the extension service as “very poor and low’’ because the ratio of farmer per extension officer stood at one extension officer to about 10,000 farmers.
The programme manager said that it was only in Bauchi State that the ratio was one extension officer to about 1,000 farmers.
He said those trained were currently training farmers and some agents that were not opportune to attend the training sessions.

Benue
The Principal of Government College, Makurdi, Mr Godfrey
Ugudu, has said the school had received letter from Boko Haram sect threatening to attack the school.
Ugudu, who announced this at a news conference in Makurdi and added that the school received two letters which had the same content on May 14.
“The two letters, which were written in pidgin English, were sighted inside one of the classrooms and the second one was slipped into the staff room’’, he said.
The principal commended the government and security operatives in the state for their prompt response to the issue, adding that he had informed the Principal of Mount Saint Gabriel.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Dan Ezeala, confirmed the report and assured that police were on top of the situation.

Borno

The Borno State Government last Sunday said it had
sponsored 50 students to India on irrigation agriculture.
A statement by Malam Isa Gusau, Special Adviser to Governor  Kashim Shettima, stated that it was part of the state government’s approaches to fight the menace of insurgents.
The statement stated that the students left Nigeria for India on Saturday on board an Ethiopian airline in Abuja.
It stated that Governor Kashim Shettima addressed them at Ogbeh farms in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.
Shettima said the beneficiaries were selected across the 27 local government areas of the state for even spread and disclosed that the trainees were to undergo a three-week train-the-trainers course on irrigation equipment installation, effective utilisation and maintenance.

Gombe

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State last
Saturday appealed to abductors of female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State to release them.
Dankwambo made the appeal in Gombe while speaking at the inauguration of an organisation, ‘Talba-Neighbour-to Neighbour’ to provide poverty alleviation materials to the less privileged persons in the state.
The governor called on the abductors to release the innocent girls to reunite with their families.
“I, on behalf of the government and people of Gombe State, call on whoever that abducted the Chibok girls to release them. “The girls are innocent; they should be released and the abductors should come out and talk if it is somebody’s fault,” he said.

Jigawa

The Kafinhausa Local Government Council in Jigawa State
last Saturday inaugurated a Special Task Force to mobilise people to participate in polio immunisation.
The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Balo Tambale, made the announcement at a meeting with the committee members in Kafinhausa, the headquarters of the council.
Tambale, who is also the chairman of the committee, said that membership of the committee was made up of community and religious leaders as well as health workers.
He named other members of the committee to include representatives of the police and non governmental organisations.
Tambale said that the committee was to mobilise people, ensure effective monitoring and supervision of the exercise in the area stating that the council would also reward any community leader who recorded the highest coverage in the next round of immunisation in the area.

Kano

Local councils election holding in Kano State has recorded
low turn out of women in parts of the state. Areas affected include Unguwar Gano and Unguwar Fulani in Tarauni Local Government Area and some parts of Na’ibawa in Kumbotso Local Government.
Some of the residents said they did not allow their wives to come out to vote for fear of violence during the election.
One of them, Malam Saminu Bala, however, said he would “monitor the situation” before allowing his wives to come out to vote.
The situation is similar in Gwale Local Government Area, where the Information Officer of the council, Hajiya Amina Dankadai, confirmed the low turnout of women in polling units across the area.
However, local governments like Gwarzoo and Ungogo had recorded large turn out of women, who were seen patiently waiting in queues, to cast their vote.

Lagos

A new cable television network to “advance the cause of
the Catholic faith in Africa, Europe and parts of Asia is to hit the airwaves on May 22.
The station, known as Lumen Christi, located at Km. 15 on the Lagos-Epe Expressway at Lekki, Lagos, is to transmit free-to-air programmes, produced by various Catholic parishes in Nigeria and other African countries.
The Proprietor of the network, Mr Robert Olagunju, said the station would transmit its programmes in English with sub-titles in French and occasionally in Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili and Pidgin.
Olagunju, a Catholic faithful, said that he built the station to commemorate his 50th birthday and to show gratitude to God and humanity.
Olagunju said that the station would among other programmes, offer religious cartoons for kids as well as faith sessions, to be anchored by priests and other religious people.

Nasarawa

Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, last Sunday
donated N8 million to some farmers affected by communal clash in four local government areas of the state.
The governor, who also donated relief materials such as foodstuff, mattresses and ground-nut oil, had visited the victims in Doma.
The communities that benefited included Idada, Abaabu, Tachia and Jangaru, all in Doma, Obi, Keana and Awe Local Government Areas of the state.
Al-Makura said that the donation was to provide relief to the affected persons to enable them resettle, adding that the welfare of the citizens of the state was his priority.
The governor also assured residents of adequate security, saying and stressed the need for residents of the state and all Nigerians to be united and to live in peace with one another.

Ogun

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Ogun State
last Saturday, warned motorists to exercise caution and drive carefully during the rainy season to prevent accidents.
Sector Commander, Mr Adegoke Adetunji, gave the advice in an interview in Abeokuta and said that the warning became necessary because the rate of road traffic accidents was always high and worrisome during the rainy season.
“During the rainy season we have a lot of road crashes because drivers, especially the commercial drivers, fail to do those things that they are expected to do to make their vehicle road worthy.
“I want to advise our drivers to always pull off the road for safety when there is poor visibility during down pour,’’ he said.
The sector commander advised the motorists to maintain the normal speed limit stated in the Highway Code.
“It does not mean that when an official of the FRSC tells you that you have a limit of 100 kilometres per hour, you must stick to it; the weather condition should determine your speed. “The Ogun command will continue to sensitise the people at various motor parks and other places across the state to safety tips and the need to drive carefully this period,’’ he said.

Oyo

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed
Indabawa, recently in Ibadan urged various communities in the country to engage in community policing.
Indabawa, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs Bisi Clet-Ilobanafor, said this during the 5th Anniversary Lecture on Road Accident Information and Rescue Organisation with the lecture “Developing an Effective National Security.’’
Indabawa said that community policing was the collaboration of the community members with the police to ensure that the society was free of crime.
He said that the police could not achieve any meaningful success in crime prevention without the support of the community.
In his remark, Mr Okanlawon Bamgboye, National Executive Coordinator of the Community Policing, said that the objective of the lecture was to look at the present security challenges in Nigeria and the way forward.

Sokoto

Senator Ahmed Maccido ( PDP-Sokoto), said last Saturday
that he had built five Information, Communications and Technology ( ICT) Centres with N250 million.
Maccido, who represents Sokoto Central Senatorial District, said that the centers were established in Sokoto South, Sokoto North, Kware, Binji and Tangaza local governments to encourage youth in the constituency to be ICT literate.
He said in Sokoto that all the centres had been fully equipped and made operational.
“These centres will help in training the teeming youths from the constituency, as the ICT is now the vogue globally. “ The gesture is aimed at making them employable, while most of them will be transformed into employers of labour,” he added.

L-R: Deputy Director, Department of Security Service (DSS), Mrs Marilyn Ogar, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Mike Omeri, Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade and Force Public Relations, Mr Frank Mba, at the news conference on security in Abuja, yesterday.

L-R: Deputy Director, Department of Security Service (DSS), Mrs Marilyn Ogar, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Mike Omeri, Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade and Force Public Relations, Mr Frank Mba, at the news conference on security in Abuja, yesterday.

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Senators Fault Buhari’s Planned Farm Settlements

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Some senators have expressed concerns over plans by the regime of President. Muhammadu Buhari, to establish farm settlements in each of the 108 senatorial districts in Nigeria.
They noted that any arrangement to acquire land by the Federal Government at the moment without giving details of what it would be used for, might face stiff resistance from various communities.
The President had last month, directed the National Agricultural Land Development Authority to set up the integrated farm estates in 108 senatorial districts nationwide.
Already, the policy has been greeted with criticisms from the leadership of the various ethnic groups in the middle belt, and southern part of the country, describing it as an attempt in disguise, to create grazing areas for cattle.
The Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, Matthew Urhoghide, said the Federal Government should give details of the project before approaching state governments for land allocation.
He said, “We are in the Senate to represent our people. I know what my people want
“What we quarrel against is open grazing; we are not against ranching. We are not saying that a Fulani man that has a herd of cattle cannot come to the South to do the business of ranching but he cannot come to carry out open grazing.
“Grazing has two effects. It leads to wanton destruction of farmland. You cannot use animal husbandry to destroy crop farming. There are also criminal cases associated with it including murder.
“If the Federal Government is coming to get land in my state for ranching, it is okay because we need beef, which would be richer, when it is from the ranching system.
“However, the government should make its intention very clear on the policy to avoid major clashes and crisis.”
Similarly, Senator Abba Moro, representing Benue South in the red chamber said government could make arrangements for herders to do the business of ranching but not at the  expense of the farmers.
He advised the Federal Government to go to the drawing board and come up with a modern arrangement to make ranching the way to go.
He said, “When government policies are viewed with suspicion, when citizens lack trust in government policies, then something is wrong.
“Until we address the root causes of conflicts between herders and farmers, and genuinely come out with the right way to go through dialogue, any policy that is thrown at the citizens will be looked at with suspicion which would cause some level of tension.

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Senator Wants Improved Network For Results Transmission

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The Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu, says  Nigeria requires 95 per cent of national network coverage to enable electronic transmission of election results in the country.
Kalu said this in an interview with The Tide source yesterday in Abuja.
Recall that 52 senators on July 15 voted against electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming general election while 28 voted for and 28 absentees.
The senators insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission should be compelled to seek clearance from Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) while the National Assembly would have to approve the verdict of NCC.
Kalu, insisted the current network coverage was inadequate.
“I have never been against transmission of results , I only said we don’t have adequate coverage where we live,this is the issue.
“We have coverage, but it is not adequate.
‘Like Abia North Senatorial District where I come from, there is no adequate coverage, may be 43 per cent coverage, so how are we going to do that.
“ I believe in electronic transmission,but I want to quickly urge the NCC to deploy their technology to ensure wider coverage; I believe in that process because it is transparent.
“ I don’t want to listen to officials who want to buy equipment and make commissions, I am telling myself the truth, if we even have a coverage of 95 per cent it will be okay, but we have below 50 per cent in the entire country.
“I am not talking about my constituency.
“ It wasn’t a party decision to vote against e transmission and not a clique decision, it was out of my conscience.
“ I can only do what I will do that will benefit all Nigerians,” Kalu said.

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Igbo Stakeholders Decry Absence Of S’East Govs At Forum

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The absence of four Governors of the South-East in the Southern Governors’ Forum meeting held last Thursday in Enugu has been strongly condemned by members of the Concerned Igbo Stake-holders Forum (CISF). 
The leader of the group, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa told newsmen in Enugu that there was no justifiable reason that would be enough for these governors to be absent in a meeting of such magnitude.
According to him, it was wrong particularly coming at a time when the region is battling socio-economic and security concerns stemming from the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
His words: “The absence of the Governors of Abia, Ebonyi, Imo and Anambra States leaves a lot to question the commitment of these governors to the growth and advancement of the South-East in missing a crucial meeting held within their geopolitical zone.
He further described as very disturbing the conspicuous absence of the Anambra Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, or a representative from the state at the meeting. 
Okenwa said that the body language of the South-East governors in recent times leaves no one to doubt that these governors have magnified their interest above that of the region and Ndi-Igbo in general.
“Their gaze at the forthcoming elections in 2023 is becoming an unbearable distraction for them in delivering their mandate to the people,” he also lamented.
The group, therefore beckoned on Ndi-Igbo, regardless of political party affiliation, to unite and formidably negotiate a favourable space in the political scheme of things.
According to him, when this is done, we will ensure an unhindered growth and development of all Igbos, he added.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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