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Buhari Renames UniAgric Makurdi After Joseph Sarwuan Tarka




  • Nigerian Prisons sertvice Now Correctional Service  

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law a bill that changes the name of Nigeria Prison Service to Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), which is viewed as part of his administration’s effort at reforming the prison system in the country.


The signing of the law came two months after the expiration of the 9th National Assembly, thereby raising concerns as to the legality of the law and if the clerk of the national assembly has such right to withhold bills and transmit them to the president months after the end of an assembly.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate Matter), Senator Ita Enang said this on Wednesday, while speaking to State House Correspondents at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

According to him, this Act repeals the Prisons Acts and changes the name from Nigeria Prisons Service to Nigerian Correctional Service, otherwise known as “the Correctional Service.” 

There Correctional Service is made up of two main faculties: Custodial Service and Non-custodial Service. 

He explained that the Custodial Service is to take custody and control of persons legally interned in safe, secure and humane conditions; conveying remand persons to and from courts in motorized formations; identifying the existence and causes of anti-social behaviours of inmates; conducting risk and needs assessment aimed at developing appropriate correctional treatment methods for reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration.

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Others include: Implementing reformation and rehabilitation programmes to enhance the reintegration of inmates back into society; initiating behavior modification in inmates through the provision of medical, psychological, spiritual and counseling services for all offenders including violent extremists; empowering inmates through the deployment of educational and vocational skills training programmes, and facilitating incentives and income generation through Custodial Centres, farms and industries; administering borstal and related institutions; Providing support to facilitate the speedy disposal of cases of persons awaiting trial, and It further provides in Section 12 (2) (c).

“that where an inmate sentenced to death has exhausted all legal procedures for appeal and a period of 10 years has elapsed without execution of the sentence, the Chief Judge may commute the sentence of death to life imprisonment. And Section 12 (8) empowers the state Controller of the Service to reject more intakes of inmates where it is apparent that the correctional centre in question is filled to capacity. 

He further explained that ”the non-custodial faculty of the Correctional Service is responsible for the administration of non-custodial measures, namely: Community Service, probation, parole, restorative justice measures and such other measures as a court of competent jurisdiction may order. ”Restorative Justice measure approved in the Act include victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, community mediation and other conciliatory measures as may be deemed necessary pre-trial, trial during imprisonment or even post- imprisonment stages.”

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Also, the President signed into law Federal Universities of Agriculture (Amendment No.2) Act, 2019, changing the name of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi in Benue State to Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi. 

The House of Representatives had in 2016 passed a bill seeking the renaming of the university to J.S Tarka.

Joseph Sarwuan Tarka (1932-1980) was a Nigerian politician from Benue State and a former Minister for Transport and later Communications under the administration of Yakubu Gowon.

He was one of the founding members of the United Middle Belt Congress, a political organization dedicated to advocating autonomy for the country’s Middle Belt.

Tarka was a battle scared politician who underwent several political battles and was jailed on many occasions for his political actvisim as the main opposition leader in the Northern Region.

A colourful and skilled politician with a rare gift of oration, he was reputed for the energetic political campaigns he conducted. He was sometimes called the ‘smiling snake’ for the big smiles he had while speaking.

He was a founding figure of the defunct National Party of Nigeria(NPN) and was a presidential aspirant of the party but lost the ticket to Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Usman Shagari, who eventually got elected President in 1979.

He was then elected Senator in the second republic and became Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts until he died in 1980, while serving in the National Assembly.

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Fintiri Pledges Support for Farmers with Modern Inputs, Techniques in Adamawa




Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa has expressed his administration’s determination to support farmers with modern agricultural inputs and techniques to boost farming activities in the state.

Fintiri said this on Tuesday in Yola at the Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity, 2023 Agricultural Inputs Fair, organised by Feed The Future, a United States Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.

The programme was being implemented by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and partners.

It is also part of USAID’s contributions to the economic recovery and support to the vulnerable population disenfranchised in the North-East by insurgency and who were being re-engaged into farming activities.

Fintiri, who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta, appreciated the conveners of the programme and their partners.

He also expressed his administration’s readiness to partner with any government and non-governmental organisation that was ready to contribute its quota to the transformation of agriculture and other human endeavours in the state.

Fintiri urged farmers to ensure that their certified seeds were well stored after harvest.

He appealed to the partners to devise means of providing farmers with good natural fertilisers.

“This is to protect the crops as well as the health of the farmers and the entire citizens against the negative effect of chemical fertilisers,” he said.

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Chief of Party, Feed the Future Nigeria Integrated Agricultural Activity, Mr Prakash Silwal, said that no fewer than 30,000 farmers had been trained on modern farming techniques.

He noted that the fair was an opportunity for producers of various crops, seeds and food, among others, to sell their products.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Dorathy Augustine, noted that the initiative had impacted positively on the agriculture production in the state.

She said that the improvement was made possible by the awareness raised among farmers on the importance of quality and improved seeds production.

Umar Hamidu, a participant, said that the knowledge acquired on modern farming techniques and improved seedlings had boosted his agricultural activities. (NAN)

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Group Seeks Diversion of Fuel Subsidy Withdrawal Proceeds to Agricultural Fund




The Nigeria Young Farmers Network (NYFN) has advised the Federal Government to divert large percentage of  funds saved from fuel subsidy withdrawal to National Agricultural Development Fund (NADF).

Dr Abubakar Musa, the National President of the organisation, gave the advice in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.

Musa said that this would foster sustainable agricultural practices and support the growth and development of the nation’s agricultural sector and enhance food security.

NADF is aimed at giving critical financial support that would facilitate rapid and sustainable growth in various aspects of the nation’s agricultural sector for the benefit of all citizens.

NADF signed into law by the immediate past administration has as part of its functions provision of money to support agricultural development taking into consideration food production and food security in all ramifications.

These include crop production, livestock, fisheries, poultry and agro-forestry.

Musa, who said that the Tinubu administration took a bold step to withdraw fuel subsidy, commended  the government for the action.

The president, who emphasised the importance of agriculture in the nation’s

economy, implored the federal government to invest in its long-term sustainability.

“The diversion of the fuel subsidy payments to the National Agricultural Development Fund will enhance agricultural productivity, promote technological advancements and improve the livelihoods of farmers across the country.

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‘The funds redirected from subsidies should be allocated to various key initiatives within the agricultural sector.

“These initiatives may include, research and development: investing in research programmes to enhance crop varieties, improve farming techniques and develop

innovative solutions that address agricultural challenges, ” he said.

Musa said that diversion of subsidy withdrawal payments to NADF would support agriculture programmes through the provision of financial assistance,

training, and resources to small-scale farmers, to enhance their productivity and ensure sustainable agricultural


He listed other areas to includes investing in critical agricultural infrastructure such as irrigation systems, rural roads, storage facilities and processing centres to facilitate efficient value chain management and post-harvest losses reduction.

 “I  emphasise that this diversion of funds does not signify the abandonment of the need to address the concerns and

welfare of the people.

” It is rather, a strategic reallocation of

resources to address the long-term needs of the agricultural sector which ultimately benefits the entire nation.

“We believe that this decision will contribute significantly to the realisation of our agricultural potential, food security, rural

development, and economic diversification, ” he said.

Musa further said that it was the collective

responsibility of both government and stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria’s agricultural sector thrives,

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providing sustainable livelihoods for young farmers and contributing

to the overall economic growth of the country. (NAN)

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World Milk Day: Association Advises on Responsible Use of Antibiotics




The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), has advised Nigerians to use antibiotics responsibly in the dairy industry, to prevent production of milk with antibiotic residues.

Dr Gloria Daminabo, National Publicity Secretary of NVMA, stated this in a statement to commemorate the World Milk Day on Friday in Abuja.

Daminabo said responsible use of antibiotics in dairy products or cow, would go a long way in curbing the menace of anti-microbial resistance in the country.

The spokesperson who said the day was to encourage people to drink milk and stay healthy, advocated for safety of milk.

“Milk is known as an important global food. The day is to spread awareness on the challenges of the production and distribution of milk.

“The theme emphasized the industry’s commitment to reducing its footprint while providing nutritious food and sustainable livelihoods.

“As we join the world to say enjoy dairy, we also advocate for safe milk,’ she said.

Daminabo said the day was set aside to celebrate the dairy industry for feeding humanity.

World milk day is commemorated on June 1 and the theme for 2023 is “Sustainable Dairy”(NAN)

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