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Firm To Open First Fish Hatchery, Feeds Factories In Bayelsa

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All is now set for the commencement of operations at the first indigenous fish hatchery and fish feeds production factories in Bayelsa State.
Speaking with journalists during a tour of ‘God is My Light, Sea Never Dry Farms’ in Ogbolomabiri, Nembe City, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the Chief Executive Officer of Joshua Robert Oruge Enterprises, an agricultural firm, Chief Joshua Robert Oruge, hinted that plans have reached advanced stage for the commencement of the factories.
The entrepreneur, who stated that he has been in agricultural business since 1996, advised Bayelsans not to depend solely on oil and gas, saying that the State has a vast arable land for agriculture.
He re-emphasised that it was high time the government started seeing agriculture as a veritable alternative to the hydrocarbon wealth of the state, also said that agriculture has the potentials of turning the economic fortunes of the state around.
Oruge, who also conducted newsmen round his plantation consisting of various cash crops on one hand and no fewer than 10 deep fish ponds, stated that the farm is seated on a 125,000 hectares of land, with the fish ponds alone having over 125,000 fingerlings of different species.
According to him, between 1998-2016, he had also in the farm no fewer than 614 cows, a piggery and poultry.
He, however, expressed regret that due to poisoning of the water meant for consumption by the cows by some undisclosed fellows, in less than two days he lost over 412 cows, hence he diverted attention to fish production.
“We’ve never had any financial support from the Bayelsa State Government. Not even a dime has the government’s Ministry of Agriculture or other government-own agricultural related agency given me.
“I’ve severally applied for government’s support, in terms of agricutural loans, but the government has not given me anything even as we speak. I’ve over 40 staffs working in this farm.
“If I hadn’t brought you people, Journalists, to this farm today, I believe you’d not have believed that we’ve a farm as big as this in Nembe. This location of the farm is called Imbetuma Island.
“It’s owned by the Owe family (my family). We’ve five farms. Farm one, two, three, four and five. In the fish ponds, we’ve catfish, governor’s fish, tilapia,” etc, he said.
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“We intend to make Bayelsa self sufficient in fish production and reduce import of fish from neighbouring states to this great state. Already somebody is on his way coming from Port Harcourt to begin the modalities for operationalization of the hatchery.
“Our next target is to start a hatchery here in Nembe. We also have plans to begin the production of fish feeds here, so that we don’t depend on the ones coming from outside Bayelsa state. The fish feeds are now so expensive, we spend a lot on it”, Chief Oruge added.

By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa

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NSCDC Graduates 169 Personnel In Calabar

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River has graduated 169 personnel of the corps for the first batch of their training.
Speaking on Tuesday in Calabar, Mr Samuel Fadeyi, Commandant of NSCDC in Cross River, said that the graduates had completed their first three months training at the state headquarters of the command.
Fadeyi said that they were to proceed to Katsina State for another three months training before their deployment to various commands of the corps across the country.
He said that the personnel were those that were taken in 2019, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise was stalled.
He explained that 5,000 Nigerians were recruited nationwide in 2019 for the training to become full personnel of the corps.
“We are glad today to witness the passing out parade of these 169 personnel from Cross River. In 2019, NSCDC got the approval to recruit 5,000 Nigerians into the corps.
“This is the first round of their training; they are expected to undergo another training before they will be deployed to various commands across the country,” he said.
He commended the Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, for providing the command with the necessary equipment and facilities to carry out the training and other operations.
Also speaking, the Commandant General of NSCDC, who was represented by Mr Bassey Bassey, a Deputy Commandant General, congratulated the graduates for scaling through the first phase.
Audi said that NSCDC had been equipped and better repositioned to fight all forms of illegalities in the country.
The state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, who was represented by Dr Alfred Mboto, Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Governor’s Office, said the recruitment had reduced unemployment in the state.
The Tide reports that security chiefs in the state ranging from the Navy, Army, Police, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps were present at the event.

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Police Nab Seven Suspected Cultists, Recover Ammunition

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Edo State Police Command says its men have arrested seven suspected cult members in the State.
This was contained in a statement signed by Deputy Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, and made available to The Tide’s source in Benin.
The source recalls that the police command last Friday arrested and presented seven cult members, allegedly members of Eiye and Aiye cults.
Iwegbu listed the suspects as Andrew Owhoyavwosa (22), Joseph Meshak (25), Osazee Solomon (35), Godswill Obasohan (25), Charles Odiase (52), and Okoh Peter (68).
They were arrested by Ekiadolor Sector, within Ekowe Community, while the seventh one was arrested at Igbe Road, in Auchi Etsako West LGA of the State.
According to her, the arrest is to check the menace and excesses of cultism in Edo State and also unnecessary killings in the State.
“On the 02/07/2022, operatives of Edo State Police Command, Ekiadolor Sector, while on routine township patrol within Ekowe Community and environs, intercepted some suspected cultists at the Community Youth House.
“The suspects, on sighting the police operatives, took to their heels from the scene of their unlawful assembly.
“This action attracted the attention of the operatives and they gave them a hot chase which led to the arrest of the six suspects.
“On the spot search conducted at the scene led to the recovery of two locally made single barrel guns, one locally cut to size single barrel gun, 30 live cartridges, one first aid box, Kolanuts, eggs, cowries, one dead chicken, seven handsets and cash sum of thirty-seven thousand Naira,” she said.

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Diri Seeks Ijaw Culture Preservation In US

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has called on diaspora Ijaws to instill the values, culture and tradition of ijaw in their children.
Diri made the call at the gala night to wrap up the 2022 Ijaw Diaspora Convention in Newark, New Jersey State in the United States of America.
“A man who has no culture is lost. The beginning of a man’s culture is language and then his dressing. So, I count on you to ensure the sustenance of the rich Ijaw culture.
“My physical presence here should tell you the importance I attach to the cause of Ijaw nation.
“I am equally happy with what this group is doing, bringing all Ijaws in diaspora together.
“Consciously, we must continue to preserve and promote the Ijaw culture and tradition wherever we find ourselves. That applies to all of you abroad”, he said.
Diri urged the diaspora Ijaws to support efforts of the government to attract investment opportunities to their state.
He used the opportunity to keep the diaspora Ijaws up to speed about development in the state, including the ongoing construction of the three senatorial roads.
“Through the three senatorial roads, we are connecting many riverine communities by roads. We also want to ensure that all our Local Government headquarters hitherto not linked by road are connected.
“For the Sagbama-Ekeremor road in the Bayelsa West, we are working to ensure the completion and commissioning during the 3rd anniversary of our government
“In Bayelsa Central, the Yenagoa-Oporoma road is progressing with the bridge to connect Angiama Community to Oporoma, the Southern Ijaw Local Government headquarters awarded.
“Just about two weeks ago, the last one in the East, Nembe-Brass road was flagged-off after decades that the road had been on the drawing board,” the governor said.
He urged them to ensure they work closely with the national executive of the Ijaw National Congress (INC).This he said they could do by adding their voices to trending national debates and promotion of the culture of the fourth largest ethnic group in the country.
In his address, the Chairman of the occasion and member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Dr Fred Agbedi, stressed the need for the Ijaw people to continue to unite.
Agbedi urged those in diaspora to always contribute to the development of their state back home.
The President of Ijaw Diaspora Council, Prof. Mondy Gold, expressed the appreciation of the council to the governor and other top Ijaw leaders for their attendance and participation.
He said that the forum had formed a strong network across the globe to stand firmly together for the progress of Ijaw nation.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Amb. Tijjani Mohammed-Bande, Nigeria Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Ben Okoyen, Nigerian Amb. to Cuba, and Amb. Lot Egopija, Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, among others.

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