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Stakeholders Want Completion Of 25,000 Silos

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Stakeholders in Anambra State have urged the Federal Government to complete the 25,000-tonne silo complex located in Igbariam, among others still under construction in various parts of the country.
A survey by The Tide source revealed that the agrarian Igbariam community in Anambra East Local Government Area hosts the largest farm settlement in the South-East zone.
According to our source, 10 gigantic silo cones of 2,500-tonne each had been erected while the necessary fittings inside the silos had yet to be fitted.
However, other structures meant for support services for the silo complex had reached 70 per cent completion.
The site foreman for Mecca Nigeria Ltd, the company handling the project, Mr Vincent Umeh, said that the project had been under construction for over two years because it was being executed in phases.
Umeh attributed the delay in the completion of the project to paucity of funds.
He said, “As you can see, about 70 per cent of the work had been done on all the structures as well as the 25,000-tonne capacity silos; I believe the work would be completed soon.
“We are always on ground to continue but you know the issue of funding by phases of work done is affecting the straight completion of the project.
“It is primarily meant for grain storage as the temperature of the silos would be artificially modulated to preserve grains.”
The Anambra State Government had recently constructed a road linking the Onitsha-Enugu Road, the silo complex and the farm settlement area in the community.
Umeh urged the government agency supervising the project to push for its completion due to its socio-economic and agricultural benefits to the people of the area and Nigerians in general.
Similarly in Kano, a silo under construction in Gaya Local Government area of Kano State, had yet to be completed, an official said.
Acting Federal Director in the state, Alhaji Adamu Muhammed, said ”The Federal Government has only one silo in Kano State, which is yet to be completed.”
He said when completed, the silo, located behind the local government Secretariat, would store 25,000 tonnes of grains.
The ministry had commenced the training of farmers on post-harvest preservation of produce, he added.
According to him, the training is aimed at refreshing the minds of farmers on the importance of local silos, with a view to making the best use of it.
He said, “For now, there is no measure in place to prevent post-harvest losses except the normal traditional way of storing farm produce in most parts of the north, especially in rural areas.
“Local silos are still being used for storing large quantities of farm produce, especially in the rural areas.”
Meanwhile, in Katsina, the Federal Director of Agriculture in the state, Dr Abdu Aminu, has advised farmers to package grains for storage inside air tight sacks, to prevent insect infestation.
Aminu said that grains being stored for a long time should not be stored in sacks that allowed air passage.
He said that the ministry would continue to enlighten farmers on modern storage methods because poor food storage was one of the greatest challenges of agriculture in Nigeria.
The director noted that the 250,000-tonne capacity silo located in Dutsin-ma local government area of the state was not yet functional.
Aminu added that the silo was for the storage of grains such as maize, guinea corn and millet.
He said the government purchased grains from farmers during glut to provide a Guaranteed Minimum Price and prevent post-harvest losses.
In Lokoja, our source learnt that construction work on the 25,000-tonne silo had been completed.
Consultant to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the project, Mr Isaac Ogwuche, told newsmen that completion of the project was delayed due to paucity of funds.
He, however, said the challenge had been overcome.
Ogwuche said that the silo was designed for the storage of grains only.
In Ilorin, the Silos Manager, Kwara Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Atofarati Usman, also said the 25-tonne facility was functional.

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More Youths Engage In Artisanal Refining

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As unemployment bites harder amidst rising cost of living, more youths in rural communities in Rivers State are now going into artisanal refining business to earn a living.
The Tide reliably gathered that some youths residing in Port Harcourt City were gradually moving to rural communities for bunkering business otherwise known as ‘kpo-fire’ 
Narrating his experience to The Tide, Mr Godwin Ibeneme who resides in Rumuekini in Akpor, said he was introduced into the kpor-fire business by his father.
Ibeneme, who hails from Ibaa/ Obelle area of Emohua Local Government Area, said his father compelled him to join other youths who were thriving in the business in the community.
“My father came to my house here in Rumuekini, and told me to come to the village, that other young men are making it through kpo-fire’ bunkering since I have lost my job.
“ I didn’t waste time to give it a trial, because I had really looked for what to do, since I lost my job at a fast-food company. Since then, I can tell you that I have been taking care of myself, unlike before when everything looked hopeless”, he explained.
The Tide also learnt that the kpo-fire’ business was currently thriving in Isiokpo axis of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
A resident of the community who pleaded anonymity, told The Tide that there was a high level of discrimination in the business.
According to him, he decided to engage himself at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, to hustle for his daily bread, instead of staying idle.
The Tide recalls that the Federal Government had promised to build modular refineries in the Niger Delta region since 2019 as an alternative to illegal oil bunkering in the region as well as to create employment for the youth. 
The Tide also reports that three years after the promise was made, nothing has been done in that regard.

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Oyigbo Cassava Plant, Legacy Project   -Akawor

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Amb. Desmond Akawor, says the cassava plant project, being executed by the Rivers State Government in Oyigbo is a legacy project that will generate huge employment for Rivers people.
He said the project was well thought out and would stand the test of time to tackle unemployment as well as ensure food availability in the state.
Akawor made the remarks during an interaction with journalists at the weekend in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the cassava plant which was supposed to be executed by the previous administrations, was initially planned to be a joint venture between the state government and some organisations, but that the other partners did not pay their counterpart funding.
“The steps taken by the Wike-led administration to bring this project to life without the counterpart funding is commendable, because of the huge economic benefits it will give to the state.
“Many people have also been employed at the construction sites of flyovers being executed by Julius Berger. Eighty percent of those working there are indigenes, while the company provides the expatriates”, he said.
The  PDP chairman also hinted on the plans of the state government to privatise the Buguma fish farm and banana farm, among others, so as to make them more viable.
He said that the state government had not abandoned the projects initiated by the previous administration, but was thinking on what to do with them. 
Akawor maintained that the employment of 5,000 persons into the civil service was still ongoing, saying the government is only taking time to ensure that indigenes of the state are employed.

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PH Airport Resumes Skeletal International Flight Operations

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Skeletal flight operations have resumed at the international wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
This follows the lifting of the curfew that was imposed in the state by the Rivers State Government to check cases of insecurity in the state.
The Tide’s checks show that many of the airlines that operate international flights are yet to resume flight operations, even though the coast is clear for them to resume operations.
The Cronaux Airline, it was gathered, is the only airline at the moment that has fully resumed international flight.
Other airlines that operate at the international wing, like the Lufthansa Airline, Turkish Airline, and Ethiopian Airline are yet to resume operations. 
The Acting Head of Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Kunle Akinbode, confirmed the resumption of international flight operations at the airport, last Friday, saying the international wing is now open for international airlines to operate.
He explained that the curfew that was imposed in the state delayed the resumption of international flights operations, even when issues of Covid-19 standard protocols had been addressed.
“Now that the curfew is over and the international wing is open for flight operations, it is left for each of the airlines to work out its own schedule for operations.
“It will not be the duty of the airport management to sort things out for them and know when to resume. I know that some have started. Lufthansa has said they will resume next month, August”, Akinbode said.
The Tide reports that the international wing of the Port Harcourt Airport had been shut since the Covid-19 lockdown, and did not reopen when other international airports in Lagos, Abuja and Kano among others reopened for international operations.

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