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Dry Season Farming: Senator Binos Empowers Farmers with 200 Water Pumps




From Yagana Ali, Yola

As the 2024 dry season arrives, farmers across the nine (9) Local Government Areas (LGAs) that constitute Adamawa Southern Senatorial District have been empower them with no fewer than two hundred (200) water pumps to enable them engage in dry season farming so as to become useful to themselves, their families and the society as a whole by Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe; Senator representing the Zone.

It was a dream come true for the dry season farmers in Adamawa South who benefited from the free distribution of the water pumps with great prospects and high expectations as they focus on dry season farming for both domestic and commercial purposes.

Speaking to newsmen, the Chairman of the distribution committee, Major AVM Elam (RTD), said “agriculture is one of the important forces that drive the economy, hence the People’s Senator decided to empower dry season farmers with water pumps which would help them in no small measures in boosting the economy and increasing food production in the land.”

According to the committee chairman, it is imperative for farmers to engage in both rainy and dry seasons farming, revealing that more empowerment programmes are underway for the benefit of peasant farmers across rural communities in the nine LGAs of the Adamawa South by the Senator.

In his words, “Apart from the free medical outreaches, Senator Binos has engaged in a good number of empowerment programmes for the benefit of his constituents. And one of these programmes is to freely distribute these water pumps to dry season farmers in order to enhance dry season farming in the Zone.

“As you are all aware, this is not the time for politics. The era of politics have passed, and it is now time for the masses to enjoy the dividends of democracy by their political officeholders.

“That is why in this free distribution of water pumps, beneficiaries have been selected from all the major political parties in the State. This is so because Senator Binos is not the Senator for the PDP people alone; he is the Senator for all people in Adamawa Southern Senatorial District irrespective of their political backgrounds.”

He called on the beneficiaries to make good use of the farming machine in order to achieve the goal of the project which is to empower peasant farmers to enable them to fight hunger in the land.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Hon. Ibrahim Haruna, who expressed delight over the empowerment, commended Senator Binos for seeing the need to embark on such an all-important programme.

In his remarks, Commissioner for Transportation, Hon. Musa Kallamu, commended Senator Binos for embarking on the free distribution of water pumps to dry season farmers, adding that the gesture would boost food production in the land.

He called on the beneficiaries to see to it that the farming equipment being given to them, are utilised for the purpose with which they are meant for.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Kingsley Tanko said that he is a bonafide member of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) as he hailed Senator Yaroe for carrying all political parties along in his programmes and activities.

According to him, “I am a member and supporter of the APC, but I was called as one of the beneficiaries of the farming machine. I am not the only one from the opposition political parties. Some of the beneficiaries are members of SDP, Labour Party and the APC. I hail Senator Binos for this kind gesture.”

Another beneficiary, Baban Ladi Dan-Borno, who could not hide his joy, thanked Senator Binos for empowering him. He assured the lawmaker that he would utilise the farming machine for the purpose intended.

Comr. Jeremiah M. Yakwal; former Adamawa State Chairman Medical and Health Workers Association of Nigeria, is also one of the beneficiaries. Shortly after he was presented with a water pump, he lacked words to express appreciation to the People’s Senator, calling on God Almighty to grant Senator Binos Yaroe the desires of his heart.

Another beneficiary, Tadille Lelle, who could not quantify his happiness, told newsmen that Senator Binos has the interest of his constituents at heart.

Pressmen who witnessed the event, observed that the free distribution of the water pumps was peaceful, orderly and transparent, to the delight of the Adamawa South people.


Tinubu Mourns Ex-Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu




President Bola Tinubu has extended his deepest condolences to the Onu family over the passing of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a former Minister of Science and Technology in the Buhari administration.

Chief Onu passed away on Thursday at the age of 72.

“The President mourns a luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament.

The first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, a principal draughtsman in the founding of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a valiant partner in the victory of the party in the 2015 elections.

“Most importantly, the President celebrates the life of an accomplished scholar, first-class engineer; a man of proven integrity; defiant to indiscipline, but ever yielding to the highest standards of rectitude,” a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential spokesman quoted the President to have said.

The statement said Tinubu affirmed that the late Onu epitomized Nigeria in concord; in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger.

The President also condoled with the friends and associates of Chief Onu, Ebonyi and Abia State Governments, and all Nigerians grieving this gaping loss.

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Geregu Power Earns N50.4bn From Electricity Sales, Capacity Charges 




By Tony Obiechina, Abuja 

Geregu Power Plc has generated N50.4bn on electricity sales and capacity charges to Nigerians in the first quarter of 2024.

The power company which is the first listed power company of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd disclosed the performance in its Q1, 2024 financial statement.

The company grew its Q1 revenue by 225 per cent from N14.

2bn in 2023 to N50.
4bn in 2023.

A breakdown reveals that Geregu Power sold energy worth N31bn and received N19bn as revenue from capacity charge.

Recall that the power company posted an annual revenue of N82.9bn in the full year of 2023 but it has covered half of the amount in Q1.

The revenue was above the company’s forecast for Q1 2024 when it projected its revenue to rise to N31.24bn.

Geregu Power recorded a profit before tax of N21.9bn up from the N5.3bn recorded in Q1 of last year, reflecting 307.8 per cent growth.

During the period underreview, the company saw its profit after tax rose by 307.3 per cent to N14.46bn from N3.54bn recorded in Q1 of last year. In the full year 2023, the company made N16.1bn net profit.

The net profit was above the company projection of N5.5bn. 

Geregu Power took an income tax charge of N7.43bn, up from the N1.8bn in Q1 2023. The tax charges were higher than the N2.7bn projected for Q1 2024.

The company also spent N21.5bn on the cost of sales involving gas supply and transportation, up from the N6.6bn spent on gas supply and transportation in Q1 2023.

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U.S. not Expecting to be Drawn into War but Predicts Attack by Iran Against Israel




The United States expects an attack by Iran against Israel but one that would not be big enough to draw Washington into war, a U.S. official said late on Thursday.

The White House said earlier that Washington did not want conflict to spread in the Middle East and the U.S. had told Iran it was not involved in an air strike against a top Iranian military commander in Damascus.

The White House added it warned Iran to not use that attack as a pretext to escalate further in the region.

Suspected Israeli warplanes bombed Iran’s embassy in Damascus on Monday in a strike for which Iran has vowed revenge and in which a top Iranian general and six other Iranian military officers were killed, ratcheting up tension in a region already strained by the Gaza war.

Iranian sources told Reuters that Tehran has signalled to Washington that it will respond to Israel’s attack on its Syrian embassy in a way that aims to avoid major escalation and it will not act hastily, as Tehran presses demands including a Gaza truce.

The United States has been on high alert about possible retaliatory strikes from Iran and U.S. envoys have been working to lower tensions.

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel’s military assault on Hamas-governed Gaza has since killed more than 33,000 people according to the local health ministry, displaced nearly all of Gaza’s 2.3 million population, caused a humanitarian crisis, and led to genocide allegations that Israel denies.

Iran-backed groups have declared support for Palestinians, waging attacks from Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq.

Tehran has avoided direct confrontation with Israel or the United States, while declaring support for its allies. (Reuters/NAN)

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