The Rivers State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) Farmer Field School trainees have been urged to guide rural farmers groups on the application of modern farming methods.This is with a view to achieving the objective of the National Programme For Food Security (NPFS) towards massive food production and eradication of poverty in the country.
The ADP Programme Manager, Barr. Luke Nmehieke gave the charge on Friday at the closing ceremony of a 5-day Farmer Field School (FFS) training workshop, held at Ojims Group of Christian Schools, Rumuji, Emohua Local Government, Rivers State.
The Programme Manager who was represented by the Director, Human Resource Department, Tonye Fuayefika, said that farmer field school trainees were chosen under the National Programme for Food Security with a view to boosting food production and achieving the deserved food security in the state, saying that certificate will be issued later.
The training programme, he said is geared towards training agric extension facilitators who will inturn train the farmers group in their various locations, advising that skills acquired in the training should be positively impacted to rural farmers.
Speaking to newsmen, the ADP Master Trainer, Iroulor Nwanyanwu Livinus said FFS is a principal outreach to farmers, noting that previously they use Train and Visit (TV) method to reach out to the farmers, but the method has been replaced with the introduction of the Farmers Field School approach.
According to him, the primary focus of FFS approach is of training the extension facilitators who will inturn participate in the activities of the farmers group of 25 to 30 members, guide and educate them on the modern methods of farming, so that when the extensionist disengages, the farmers group can continue with the best practices without further assistance.
He said it is a continuous process aimed at guiding and helping the farmers identify problems and take quick decisions that will enhance productivity.
The Master Trainer, commended the efforts of the Rivers State Government for recognizing the project and as well supporting the programme by paying the counterpart fund to enable the state join the committee of beneficiary states who benefited from the Federal Government/IFAD assisted agric programme.
On behalf of the participants, Okechukwu Sokipiri Sunday, thanked ADP management for upgrading their knowledge on modern method application, assuring that the skills acquired by them would be impacted positively on the farmers group. He demanded that welfare of participants should be on the top agenda when next training workshop of this caliber is to be organised due to the official status of the trainees.
The Extension Facilitator in charge of Rumuada, Emohua Local Government Area, Igbudu Nna Sampson, who is also a trainee, said the train the trainer approach through the FFS workshop would yield positive result towards the objective of NPFS to conquer the challenges of food security in the country, assuring that the trainees would complement the state government effort towards boosting massive food production in the state.
Multiple Fibre Cuts Bar MTN’s 87m Customers From Calls, Data
MTN Nigeria has blamed the recent network issue experienced by its customers nationwide on multiple fibre cuts.
Recall that MTN customers were unable to make calls or use their data last Wednesday.
According to the company, the problem started at about 1.39 PM on Wednesday.
In its reaction via X, MTN Nigeria blamed the network issue on multiple fibre cuts, even as it assured that its engineers are working assiduously to restore normal services.
The statement reads: “Dear Customer, you have been experiencing challenges connecting to the network due to a major service outage caused by multiple fibre cuts, affecting voice and data services.
“Our engineers are working hard to resolve this with services gradually being restored in some areas.
Alake Confident Nigeria’ll Overcome Economic Hardship
The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake has said that Nigeria would soon overcome its current economic hardship.
Alake gave the assurance in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Tomori on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the hardship was because Nigeria was going through a gestation period of economic restructuring and reforms.
He said that President Bola Tinubu was determined to revamp Nigeria’s economy and put on a pedestal for sustainable growth through his Renewed Hope agenda.
According to him, the President has a track record of changing the economic tides of a region, just as he did when he was the governor of Lagos State.
“Going down memory lane to the experience in Lagos state, the then governor Tinubu in 1999, met a state that was almost insolvent, with a monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N600 million.
“ And a wage bill of over N1.1 billion monthly, with little or no resources to cater to infrastructure and other sectors of the economy.
“President Tinubu took similar measures in Lagos as he is taking in Nigeria, to turn the tide and financially re-engineer the state. Today, the state is the fifth largest economy in Africa, bigger than most African countries.
“What we are going through is the gestation period of reforms and policies for economic restructuring and like the President will say, it is like throes of pregnancy, that a pregnant woman goes through.
“After delivery, she heaves a sigh of relief,” he said.
The minister urged Nigerians to be patient with the government as the current economic situation would soon stabilise with positive results from on going reforms.
“For the first time, Nigeria has a president well-versed in public finance. I am confident in this administration’s capacity to diversify the economy, plug leakages, and redirect the economy to a path of sustainable growth.
“ The future of this country is extremely very bright. What we need to do is to exude confidence in our ability and capacity to weather the storm of restructuring, economic and societal restructuring.
“As we restructure our economy, putting in physical infrastructure, we must also restructure our minds and mental capacity to be at par with physical development.
“ So that we can efficiently and judiciously enjoy the benefits of physical development.
“With the cooperation of Nigerians, the tide will turn very soon, and we all will be proud, he
Only Professional Builders’ll Handle Global Centre’s Modern Cities – President
The President/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Centre for Empowerment and Care for Life Challenges (GCECLC), Amb. Vincent Ejikeme Agbo has said that only professionals would be used for the massive global center real estate housing and industrial development in the country.
The CEO who said this in a chat with the media shortly after their press conference in Port Harcourt recently, reiterated that the group will not compromise standard both in the use of standard building materials or professionals in the building sector.
Amb. Agbo noted that the use of quacks builders and building materials are the major causes of building collapse in the country, adding, “the 5,000 housing units that would be built in the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory in the first phase of the GCECLC building project would be the same quality with that of the developed countries”.
He said the building materials would be supplied directly by the main companies, adding, “GCECLC, a non governmental organizations (NGO) has already gotten the license from Dangote group of companies to supply cement at a giveaway price for the building project, seeing the importance of the project to the masses.
“We want to bridge the gap in the Nigerian building sector and this would enable everyone in the country to own a quality building in an environment where the system is working”.
In his contribution, the Vice President of the NGO, Amb. Shittu Isiaka Salami said the group is working with all the building construction agencies to ensure that quality jobs are delivered because, “we have zero tolerance for building collapse”.
Amb Isiaka called on qualified building engineers and contractors to come and do business with the NGO in the project that is aimed at fulfilling United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) 9 & 11.
The Public Relation Personel/ the marketing contact person for the building project, Amb. Larry Goodwill Ajiola advised interested building engineers and contractors to register for the project, adding that non professional contractors would not be given a chance to build.
Amb Ajiola said contractors should give priority attention to the project when money is given to them as, “no excuse would be tolerated in the first and second phases of the building project aimed at decongesting the urban settlement.
Amb. Ajiola who is also the CEO of I Cnntact- Connect Limited, Port Harcourt, said the project is a welcomed development, especially to the less privileged ones that never thought they could own a house of their own.
He noted that the long span of payment between 10- 30 years makes it affordable to all serious minded citizens, adding, “GCECLC has risen to give hope to the hopeless in the country, especially now that Nigerians are passing through hardship.
“It is a welcomed development to Rivers state and the other 36 States. It is contributing to the welfare of the masses. Everyone will benefit since you will pay small small. I have confidence that the project is already a success”.
One of the invitees, Mrs Ifeoma Usoro commended the NGO for moving into this financial intensive area for their love to help the poor masses and requested for the building engineers to be given more time to conclude registration modalities.
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