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FG Unveils 120 Housing Units, Farmers Empowerment Centre in Borno State

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has inaugurated 120 housing units and an empowerment centre for farmers in Borno State.

The project, which is in a bid to reduce poverty and boost food production, is located in Zawiya village in Borno State.

Among facilities provided at the centre are a clinic, a school for children of farmers, a worship centre, solar powered boreholes and access roads.

It also has fish ponds, Poultry houses, goats pens in its production area, raffia and an already finished empowerment centre where women and youths would undergo training.

 

The beneficiaries who were visibly excited were drawn from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) camp in the state.

The Executive Secretary of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, who performed the ceremony alongside Borno State governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, in Maiduguri, explained that the initiative was to encourage young Nigerians to venture into agriculture.

“Today, we inaugurated 120 housing units built for farmers in Borno. The aim is to give farmers a good accommodation,” Ikonne said.

“The other centre is the agriculture empowerment centre where youth and women would be trained within three to four months.

“Thereafter, they will be given startup packs to enable them to do agribusiness on their own. All these are geared towards reducing unemployment and achieving food security. The empowerment centres are new projects of NALDA.”

Ikonne also explained that NALDA was already in touch with existing farmers who would be supported with inputs and, in turn, train budding agriculturists.

He pointed out that each state would benefit from the scheme while calling on state governments to utilise the scheme as a means to create jobs for the teeming population.

“Currently, we have partnership with some individual farmers that have provided their farmlands and space for us to activate the empowerment centres,” the NALDA boss said.

“Like in Osun, we have a farmer whose farm is in good shape and up and running. All NALDA needs to do is to upgrade it to the level of being an empowerment centre.

“We also have a farm in Nasarawa State. A private farmer also made available his farmland. That is also 80 to 90 percent ready for inauguration.

Speaking on NALDA’s empowerment centres, Prince Ikonne disclosed that the centres would have fishery poultry, animal husbandry and raffia grass fields, all aimed at job creation.

“The importance of these agriculture empowerment centres is to create job opportunities and also encourage young Nigerians to go into agriculture.

“We will be more delighted to have it done with corporate or individuals so that it will be anchored around them and the farm will be managed by them while we empower the youth from the proceeds that come from there,” said.

Ikonne further pointed out that the farmers would be recruited in trenches, saying “we are looking at 250,000 young Nigerians across the country, to empower them in different fields in the first phase. It is going to be a continuous exercise.”

Speaking after inaugurating the rural housing scheme, Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum commended Mr. Ikonne for choosing Borno to execute such Projects, noting that it will contribute to the economic development of the state.

“Let me use this opportunity to commend the hardworking Executive Secretary of NALDA for all his initiatives that are geared towards creating employment and means of livelihood for the people,” Zulum said.

Governor Zulum said he was ready to provide lands for investors who are interested in agriculture.

He said the initiative would assist mostly returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have been battered by bandits and terrorists over the years.

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VP Shettima Arrives Enugu for project Inauguration

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, on Monday arrived  Enugu State for project inauguration.

Shettima, who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu at 9.

52a.m. with a Presidential Jet 5N-FGW, was received by Gov.
Peter Mbah of Enugu Enugu, Hope Uzodimma of  Imo, Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra and Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi.

Others are Sen. Rochas Okorocha, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, Traditional Rulers, Government Officials and many South-East dignitaries.

The visit is his first to the South-East since he assumed office on May 29, 2023.

He is expected to attend South-East Business Roundtable and formal launch of South-East phase of the Light Up Nigeria Project.

He is also expected to inaugurate Aba Integrated Power Project being organised by the Management of Geometric Power Limited. (NAN)

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Police College Ikeja Prepares for New Recruits in Lagos

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Police College Ikeja in Lagos State says it is prepared to start training the screened new Police constables for the next six months.

The College Spokesperson, ASP Owajulaye Saka, disclosed this on Monday in an interview in Lagos.

Saka said that ahead of the training, all the drilling instructors had started training their personnel, stressing that the college had enough instructors to take care of the trainees.

He said that the Minister of Police Affairs, Sen.

Ibrahim Gaidam, had visited for spot assessment of the institution’s facilities.

The college’s spokesperson said the minister was satisfied with what he saw but requested the management of the school to submit the list of materials needed by the institution.

Saka said the school had since submitted the list to the ministry, which included mattresses, kitchen utensils and fans for the classrooms.

NReports says that the Police Service Commission (PSC), had successfully screened no fewer than 171,956 applicants for the position of constables nationwide.

The PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement that the successful applicants were currently receiving messages, inviting them for Computer Based Tests scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th, across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Ani also said that 43,778 out of the applicants, who were successful in the specialists cadre during the screening, were expected to go through practical tests at a date to be announced soon by the commission. (NAN)

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Imo has not received N30 bn from FG—-Uzodimma

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From Marcel Duru, Charity Wins Owerri

The Governor of Imo State Senator Hope Uzodimma has said that Imo State has not received N30 billion from President Tinubu.

Speaking with top  level Party Chiftains at the government House in Owerri Imo State recently, urged them not to rely on the quick and false information of the so called social media

He said that if Imo State Government has received the fund form the Federal Government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu perhaps everybody in the State will be aware of it.

Recently Godswill Akpabio, Nigeria’s senate president has disclosed that each state governor has been allocated an extra N30 billion to address the challenges of food scarcity and hardships confronting Nigerians.

Akpabio said each state should properly utilize the money towards ensuring the availability of food.

The former Akwa Ibom governor made this known while Speaking on the floor of the senate

“I must say that unverified report has it that each of the state government in the last few months received additional N30 billion from Federal Inland Revenue Service, outside their normal allocation from the federation account to assist them in ameliorating the food situation.

“We believe that every state government should utilise the funds so received towards ensuring that food is available.”

The current economic hardship has led to a hike in the prices of foodstuffs across the country.

The shortage of foodstuffs was also linked to the hoarding by some people and illegal smuggling to neighbouring countries.

Recall that Vice President Kashim Shettima had disclosed how security operatives discovered 32 illegal routes being used to smuggle foodstuffs and other items to neighbouring countries from Nigeria.

Shettima said security agents intercepted 45 trucks smuggling maize to neighbouring countries.

He noted that the price of “maize” came down by N10,000. The price of maize allegedly came down from N60,000 to N50,000″ when the trucks were intercepted.

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