From Chris Gaga, Makurdi
The Benue State Government has clarified that it did not at any time reject the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) approved by National Economic Council(NEC), which has the 36 state Governors as members.
In a statement by governor Samuel Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the state government said it still rejects only RUGA and its other forms.
The statement adds that the government has decided to embrace the National Livestock Transformation Plan on the condition that it conforms with the State’s Anti-open grazing and Ranches Establishment Law, but not ruga as misconstrued.
“What Benue rejected and still rejects are cattle colonies, Ruga settlements and grazing reserves which were neither discussed nor approved by NEC.
“NEC agreed that regarding the NLTP, each state would be free to adopt aspects of the plan which suit its peculiarities.
“In the case of Benue State, we already have a law on ranching and there is no provision in the legislation for open grazing.
“In line with the above, when Benue stakeholders recently met and studied the NLTP document critically, they resolved that the plan has other aspects of infrastructural development from which the state would benefit. Prominent among such provisions in the document is the plan for resettlement of those affected by herdsmen attacks and other forms of violence whose property have been destroyed in different parts of the state.
“The stakeholders subsequently issued a communique which made it clear that the state would embrace the National Livestock Transformation Plan to the extent that it does not breach provisions of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state.
“It was also resolved during the meeting that a technical team of experts be put together to study the NLTP document and identify areas suitable for implementation in Benue State based on peculiarities of the state.
“The meeting also resolved that the NLTP should be domesticated in the state and to ensure that it conforms with the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state,” the statement read.
Ondo senator distributes fertilizers to constituents
The senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Sen. Adeniyi Adegbonmire, has distributed fertilizer bags to farmers in the district as part of efforts to enhance agricultural productivity and contribute to Nigeria’s food sufficiency,
The beneficiaries were drawn from the six local government areas consisting of the senatorial district: Akure South, Akure North, Ondo West, Ondo East, Idanre, and Ifedore local government areas.
Speaking at the distribution of the fertiliser on Friday in Akure, Adegbonmire said the gesture was in tandem with the initiative of President Bola Tinubu’s efforts to boost food sufficiency in the sector.
The distributed fertiliers included 156 bags of NPK fertilizer and 68 bags of UREA fertilizer.
He said that he aimed at supporting production of various crops such as cassava, rice, cocoa, tomato, and maize.
Adegbonmire expressed his commitment to the senatorial district and assured that he would continue to do more for the district.
He said the move was a practical step toward achieving agricultural growth and ensuring a stable food supply within Nigeria.
According to him, the initiative underlines his commitment to supporting the constituents and advancing the nation’s agricultural sector.
Appreciating the gesture, Mr Adebiyi Oluwalanu, Chairman, Tomato Farmers Association in Ondo State, expressed the beneficiaries’ gratitude to the senator for helping them, saying that the move would boost their ability to produce more for citizens to consume.
Similarly, Mr. Adebayo Abayomi, the state Secretary of the Cocoa Farmers Association and Mr Akinriade Kayode, the state Chairman of the Maize Grower Association, said that the senator’s kindness would go a long way to cushion the effects of high cost of production.
FCT to partner Italy on sustainable city, tourism, agriculture – Wike
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, says the FCT Administration would partner with the Republic of Italy on sustainable city tourism and agricultural development.
Wike said this when the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stefano Leo, visited him in his office in Abuja on Friday.
He said that he would personally visit the Ambassador to discuss areas of mutual benefits for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Italy.
The minister particularly identified the development of Abuja as a sustainable city as one of the areas of interest, including tourism and agricultural development.
“You know very well that Abuja has a very good landscape for agriculture and tourism development,” he said.
The minister explained that the publication of the names of embassies and commissions owing ground rent was not targeted at anybody, but to improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
According to him, the IGR will be utilised for development of the city.
He assured the ambassador that the FCT Administration would make the environment comfortable for embassies and commissions to carry out their activities and for businesses to thrive.
Earlier, Leo said that he was in the minister’s office to congratulate and wish him well in his.
He recalled how impressed he was when he visited Rivers in 2022, and expressed optimism that the minister would do better than he did in Rivers as a governor.
“Having you here in Abuja means we can continue our very good cooperation. I will be glad to host you at the Embassy,” he said.
He said that Italy was at the forefront of tourism, adding that the country had huge plans to support sustainable city development and new ideas for green city.
“It will be a pleasure to follow your ideas to strengthen cooperation with you,” the Ambassador said.
Relief for Kaduna Ginger Farmers as FG Intervenes
From Nicholas Dekera, Kaduna
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, has assured the Ginger farmers, whose farmlands and produce were affected by the strange fungal disease in Kaduna recently of the Federal Government’s intervention.
The Federal Government assurance for succour came after few weeks that over two hundred Ginger farmlands and produce worth N10billion were destroyed in Southern part of Kaduna state.
The Minister, who was represented by the Assistant Chief Agric Officer; Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Mrs.Rita Agbogo made the assurance of the Minister’s quick intervention during a visit to the affected farmlands in Southern Kaduna on Friday.
The representative of the Minister, who was the leader of a five-man delegation to Southern Kaduna reiterated the commitment of the Ministry towards finding a lasting solution to prevent further re-occurrence of the disaster, and to ensuring that the affected farmers were provided with adequate support.
” We are already feeling the pains of our dear Ginger farmers, and that is why we are here on the mission damage assessment. With our visit to some of these farmlands, we have seen to what extent the damage was. We are going to recommend to the Ministry on what is the best way to help the affected farmers out of the present situation,” Mrs. Agbogo explained.
When asked, what could be the cause of the fungal disease, she said “we are yet to know the cause of the damage, and that is why we are here with other relevant organisations. We will make research and continue to liaise with these organisations in order to know the cause and prevent future re-occurrence.
” The cause could be the type of seeds, soil, source of the seeds, and it could be any other factor but, for now, we can not say what really happened,” she stated.
While fielding questions from journalists, the National President of the National Ginger Association of Nigeria, Nuhu Daudu commended the Minister for his quick response towards finding long-term measures to prevent further damage to the crop .
Daudu further explained that the damage will impact negatively on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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