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FG Distributes Agric Inputs to Farmers, Targets 382,208




From Haruna Aliyu Usman, Birnin Kebbi

Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu,  who is also the Vice Chairman of the National Food Security Council  (NFSC), said no fewer than 382,208 farmers affected by flood in 2020, across Nigeria will get free farm inputs provided by the Federal Government .

Bagudu disclosed this in Birnin Kebbi yesterday at the National flag off of the distribution of the free farm inputs.

Bagudu, who is also the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, enumerated the items to include assorted seeds, seedlings, pumping machines, agrochemicals, sprayers and other related inputs.

The Kebbi State Governor also said that those engaged in livestock production will benefit from the invaluable gesture of the Federal Government through NEMA

Bagudu stated that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), assisted by other collaborating partners had already duly registered all the beneficiaries.

“For the first time , President Muhammadu Buhari,  who is the Chairman of the Council has approved the provision of insurance covers to the beneficiaries.

“All the beneficiaries will henceforth be insured, hence, they don’t need future support in case of any flood eventualities,” he explained.

The Kebbi State Governor further underscored the importance of the insurance covers as they will help to reduce the burden.

Bagudu also disclosed that, President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the Federal Ministries of Transport, Water Resources and Environment to come up with a National Drainage Architecture on the control of flooding to prevent threat to food security.

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“Happily, this is also in the bid to reduce the perennial devastating effects of flood on the economy.

While lauding Buhari for the unparalleled gesture, Bagudu reiterated the commitment of the council to continue to support farmers and other agro allied and food processing industries.

Doing so, the Kebbi State Governor noted was to further bolster food security in the country as being championed by Buhari.

Governor Bagudu who is the Vice Chairman National Food Security Council and Chairman Presidential Task Force on Rice and Wheat Production in Nigeria, once again thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government, Ministers ,NEMA, SEMA and NGOs involved in bringing succour to the victims of the flooding .

He also commended the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA for being in the forefront in disaster management and mitigation.

Also speaking, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Saadiya Umar Faruk said that , the  important occasion that signifies the commencement of yet another major landmark effort by the Federal Government to further support persons affected by the 2020 flood disaster.

“Today’s event is a culmination of a follow up commitment to the initial emergency relief items distributed to the affected persons in the aftermath of the 2020 floods.

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“This intervention was approved to provide emergency agricultural inputs specifically to further support farmers that lost their crops as a result of the destruction of their farmlands and the cutting off of access to croplands during the flood disaster.

“The unfortunate flood incident resulted in the displacement of several communities, damage to infrastructure, destruction of crop lands and widespread environmental dislocation.

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, in response to the incidence activated the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to conduct detailed assessment of the situations and make recommendation for intervention.

“In consideration of the severe devastation, President Muhammadu Buhari, deployed a high level delegation of Ministers, including my Ministry to visit some of the affected states including Kebbi State to commiserate with the people,” she added.

According to the Minister, what was witnessed during the visit was quite devastating as large swathes of agricultural investments were lost to the flood waters thereby destroying the livelihoods of the famers and threatening food security.

“The successful implementation of this intervention is therefore very important in assisting farmers with modern farm inputs and seeds that will support their speedy recovery from the disaster impact,” the Minister added.

In his closing remarks, the Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed, commended Governor Bagudu for embarking on the agricultural transformation which facilitated the attainment of self-sufficiency in food production in the state and Nigeria.

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He appreciated the doggedness and unflinching commitment of Mr President for placing priority and supporting small scale farmers.

The Vice Chairman, Agricultural Intervention Committee of NEMA, Muhammad Bandele Onimode  announced that benefiting farmers in Kebbi State would receive seedlings of rice, maize and sorghum, fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, high-power pumping machines as well as agricultural enhanced enhancers.

Earlier, the Kebbi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Maigari Abdullahi Dakingari expressed gratitude to Federal Government for the intervention to Kebbi farmers, saying that “This positive development came at a better time, this apt gesture by FGN is commendable”.

He sympathised with farmers over the monumental lost they have incurred as a result of the devastating effect of the flood on agricultural produce, loss of lives, farmlands, houses and property.

Dakingari advised the government to evolve an annual strategy so as to tackle flooding which poses a threat to food security.

The Commissioner thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for providing assistance to Kebbi State and for choosing to flag off the national distribution of farm inputs to the victims of the flood.


Yobe Enrols 17,000 Destitute for Free Medical Programme




Dr Babagana Tijjani, Executive Secretary, Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA) says the agency has so far enrolled over 17,000 poor people under its Social Equity Programme (SEP).

In a statement by the Agency’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Suleiman Bakoro, in Damaturu, on Friday, Tijjani  stated this at a workshop on utilization of Basic Healthcare Provision Funds (BHPF).

He said that Gov. Mai Mala Buni recently approved N200 million for the implementation of the programme, would fast track the attainment of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

Tijjani noted that the SEP was one of the numerous programmes initiated by the governor to enhance access to free and qualitative healthcare services by the people.

On the BHCPF, the executive secretary said, the programme, jointly funded by the state and the Federal Government, also targeted the poor and vulnerable.

He said as at Aug. 25, the agency had paid capitations of 22,024 beneficiaries, adding that the figure represented “97.9% of BHCPF coverage target based on available funds disbursed through the NHIS gateway”.

Tijjani thanked the NHIS for organizing the workshop meant to build the capacity of the management and staff of the agency to perform their duties more effectively.

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In his remarks, the state NHIS Co-ordinator, Mr Abubakar Dabo, said that the objective of the workshop was to bring all stakeholders together to discuss implementation and utilization of the BHCPF.

He charged YSCHMA to ensure that operational guidelines were strictly adhered to in the utilisation of the funds.(NAN)

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ActionAid Secure £1.3m to Mobilise Youths, Women for Governance




From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

ActionAid Nigeria has secured a £1.3 million grant from the United Kingdom through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to increase women and youths’ participation in politics and governance in 2023 general elections.

The Women-Youth Project (We-You) is aimed at campaigning for women and young people in governance across Rivers, Kaduna, and Kano states.

The project will, among others, mobilise a critical mass of young people and women leading issue-based campaigns towards translating citizens’ demands into policy action in the benefiting states.

While Nigeria currently ranked 146th out of 152 countries in the global gap index on political empowerment, in the legislature, only 4.5 per cent are women.

The ActionAid County Director, Ene Obi, at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the British High Commission, noted that the overall goal of the project was to contribute to the all-inclusive democratic process and enhance citizen-led action towards the improvement of good governance in the country.

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We’ll Complete Sagbama-Ekeremor Road in First Tenure – Diri




From Tayese Mike, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed satisfaction with work on the second phase of the Sagbama-Ekeremor road project in the Bayelsa West Senatorial District.

Governor Diri, who defied the rains on Wednesday to inspect the 42-kilometre road from Toru-Orua to Ekeremor, told newsmen at Aleibiri that the project would be completed in his first tenure.

The road, which was started by his predecessor, is one of several ongoing similar projects embarked upon by Governor Diri’s Prosperity Administration.

He said if the contractor kept to the terms of the contract, all sections of the road would be completed as scheduled.

Diri assured the people of Bayelsa West of his commitment to fulfill his promises to them.

“I can actually see value for money. I am satisfied and I believe that the terms of the contract would be kept. The contractor promised to deliver the project on time as scheduled.

“We also told Bayelsans that in this first tenure we shall hit Ekeremor. The terms of the contract are such that it is tailored towards the end of our first tenure. Hopefully and by God’s grace we expect that this road and this stretch would be completed in no distant time,” he said.

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Also speaking, the Project Manager for Sectraco Construction Company, Engr. I. Julian, said the road is divided into two sections – Toru-Orua to Aleibiri (28km) and Aleibiri to Ekeremor (14km).

The project manager said at the moment, more work was being done on section one while some level of progress had being achieved on section two.

Julian commended the governor for consistently inspecting project sites, which he said contributed to the progress recorded so far.

He promised that the company would give its best to the state by delivering quality projects and on time too.

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