The Federal Government will soon launch “Grow Your Food” initiative, a major take off for the agricultural components that will enable households to grow food in their confinement.
The Executive Secretary of National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Mr Paul Ikonne announced this when Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State visited him on Thursday in Abuja.
Ikonne said the programme was in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiative that Nigerians must produce what they eat to ensure food security.
“This has been the watchword of NALDA,’’ he said.
According to him, this has become imperative because the programme will aid the transformation of the nation’s agricultural development.
Ikonne said further that the food initiative could also ensure the availability of food to underprivileged and resource-poor households.
Farms can be established and maintained within a small patch of land or with no land using a few inputs.
Home gardens are maintained for easy access to fresh plant and animal food sources in both rural and urban locales.
The agency’s boss said that under the programme, NALDA would distribute bags of soil and seeds to households so they can use any available space to plant crops.
Ikonne acknowledged that Borno has submitted its list of interested households and has provided locations.
He added that contractors have already moved to the site in 10 locations for the project.
“So, the state has fully keyed into Mr President’s idea of achieving food security, irrespective of challenges facing the state,” NALDA scribe said.
“And the governor is making it easier for NALDA to function and for farmers to be at home while farming.
“We are focusing on everything in the entire agricultural value chain because they have machinery, equipment, processing plant and processing mill,’’ NALDA scribe said.
In his remarks, Gov. Zulum assured that his government would do everything possible to key into the food security policy of the Federal Government.
He further pledged to ensure the cultivation of vast agricultural land in the state with a duty to increase food production in the region.
Zulum said “this has been agreed upon during the recent visit of the Executive Secretary NALDA to Maiduguri.
“The state government will provide the counterparts funding requirement for the programme to kick start’’.
The governor said that his administration was concerned about food security, adding that the government had increased the area under cultivation by about 300 per cent in the last 20 months.
He said that the government had procured fertilisers, chemicals and empowered the farmers.
“We have mapped out strategies to go from low yielding and subsistent farming to a high yielding technology farming system with value addition.
“We are investing hugely in irrigation and I think by doing so, food production will not be a problem,’’ Zulum said
Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity
Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.
Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages
The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.
Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.
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