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Climate Change: YMCA Plants 13,500 Oil Palm Seedlings Across 9 Communities in Nasarawa

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By Joseph Hans Apuu,  Lafia

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) an NGO, has planted 13,500 oil palm seedlings in 9 communities across five Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Nasarawa state to combat impacts of climate change.

Mr Ango Adamu, Executive Secretary, YMCA Mada Hills, disclosed this during the establishment of oil palm community nursery in Kpomo village of Buhar Community in Akwanga LGA on Wednesday.

According to him, the establishment of oil palm community nursery, is part of YMCA climate change support to increase community resilience on tree planting to combat climate change impacts.

 

Adamu explained that the YMCA is implementing five years African Activists for Climate Justice (ACCJ) Project, supported by Oxfam to build locally led adaptation and resilience to mitigate impacts of climate change on communities in Nasarawa state.

He explained further that the first round of the project was carried out in five LGAs of Akwanga, Kokona, Nassarawa Eggon, Lafia and Obi where 1500 oil palm seedlings were plant in each of the LGA.

“We are currently in Kpomo village in Buhar Community of Akwanga LGA, as part of continuation to establish oil palm community nursery that we started this year.

“We started the second round in Gidan Mai akuya in Lafia LGA, thereafter, we moved to Nkubi in Nassarawa Eggon, Gidigidi in Kokona, and today we are rounding off in Kpomo village of Buhar Community in Akwanga.

“In each of this community, we planted 1500 oil palm seedlings,  so far, a total of 13, 500 seedlings have been planted in 9 communities in Nasarawa state this year,” he said.

The Executive Secretary said the improved oil palm seedlings were purchased from Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research in Edo State, noting that the benefiting communities would transplant the seedlings by June next year.

“We are particularly interested in oil palm trees because of its economic benefits and longevity, it is a very sustainable way that people can plant these kind of trees and last long.

“And so, we feel that if these people are no longer alive their children will succeed them and take over the oil palm trees,” he said.

He enjoined the benefiting Community, Kpomo to take ownership of the project by fencing the nursery to prevent animals from destroying the seedlings.

On his part, Mr Safianu Isa, Chairman of Akwanga LGA, represented by Supervisory Councilor for Agriculture, Jerry Ibrahim, commended the YMCA and partners’ efforts toward mitigating climate change impacts in Nasarawa state.

Also speaking on behalf of the good people of Kpomo village, Mr

Ali Adu’a, Chief of Buhar community thanked the YMCA and partners for siting the project in his community, while calling on other NGOs and government to support such noble course.

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Wuye/Wuse Flyover 85% Completed, Ready in May – Wike

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, says the Wuye/Wuse Flyover is 85 per cent completed and will be inaugurated in May.

Wike stated this in Abuja on Saturday, after inspecting the project, along with the Vice-President’s residence and  11-kilometre (km) six lane dual carriage expressway linking Airport Expressway to Kuje.

Wike added that the road from Kuje to Airport Expressway, when completed, would open the area for transformative economic growth and development.

The minister, who equally visited the vice-president’s residence being handled by Julius Berger, expressed optimism that the project would be completed in May.

“I must commend the various contractors, the Arab Contractors and Julius Berger.

“The first site we went to is almost 85 per cent completed, that is, one of those interchanges in Wuye District. The contractors are keeping faith with their commitment to handover the project by May.

“Then we also went to Kuje to inspect the six-lane road of about 11km. The road from the Airport Road down to Kuje will open that area of the Area Council.

“The last time when I went to flag off one of the rural roads, we didn’t see much about the contractors, and I did say that the contractors are not serious.

“Going back there today, I am very impressed with the level and quality of work,” he said.

Speaking at the official residence of the vice-president, the minister said the contractors were at the stage of electrical installations, adding that a lot of changes would be seen in the next few weeks.

“We were at the VP’s residence which is being handled by Julius Berger and like I said, they have made further commitment that by May, they are going to hand it over.

“They are known for quality, and we are financing them well,” the minister said.

Wike reiterated that no ongoing project in the FCT would be abandoned, adding that the projects were considered as priority and have been included in the FCT’s 2024 statutory budget to ensure adequate funding. (NAN)

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Benue Rep Hands over Reconstructed Police Division, Quarters

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The Member representing Gwer /Gwer West Federal Constituency, Arc Asema Achado, has pledged to

enhance the working condition of police personnel in the constituency to boost their morale.

Achado made the pledge when he handed over the reconstructed Aliade Divisional Police Headquarters and personnel quarters, on Saturday in Gwer Local Government Area.

“This initiative stems from my firm belief that a conducive working environment fosters the morale of officers, thereby bolstering their capacity to combat criminal activities and mitigate the prevailing insecurity in the local government area”.

He said law enforcement agencies play critical roles in safeguarding the country and needed good working environment to operate effectively.

Achado recalled that the police division and personnel quarters were in a dilapidated state,  and he had to lobby the Federal Government through the Nigeria Police Force to award the contract.

He urged local authorities and Benue Government to provide infrastructure, vehicles and other logistics for the police and other security agencies to be more clinical in the discharge of their responsibilities.

An official of the Federal Housing Authority, Dr Mathias Byuan, said the federal government has made adequate provision for the building affordable houses for Nigerians.

He also said President Bola Tinubu was committed to providing enough funds to all security formations to enhance Nigeria’s internal and external defence systems. (NAN)

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Police Place N50m Bounty on 2 Katsina Bandits

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The Police Command in Katsina State on Sunday promised a N50 million reward to anyone with useful information that could lead to the arrest of two bandits – Modi Modi and Jan Kare.

The Police, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, alleged that the duo had been responsible for most of the terrorist attacks in the state.

The statement alleged that Modi Modi and Jan Kare, all males, were operating within Katsina State, particularly in the regions of Kankara and Safana Local Government Areas.

“The safety of the residents is of paramount importance, that is why we are making these commitments.

We are taking decisive actions against criminal elements threatening peace and stability,” it said.

Aliyu explained that the identity of the informant and the information provided would be kept strictly confidential.

“All concerned citizens are encouraged to give us any relevant information that could assist the security agencies in apprehending the masterminds behind these heinous crimes of kidnapping and banditry in the state,” he said.

He urged anyone with useful information to contact the command headquarters or call the following numbers: 07015142112 08023871144. (NAN)

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