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Land Donated to NALDA not for RUGA-ikonne




The Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development
Authority (NALDA), Prince Paul Ikonne has assured that no land donated
to the agency would be used for Ruga, a controversial livestock
settlement system initially proposed by the federal government.

Prince Ikonne stated this while receiving a parcel of land donated to
NALDA by the people of Ribadu village in Fufore local government area
of Adamawa State
Ikonne appealed to other states yet to key into NALDA project on the
fears that it is federal government’s indirect way of taking their
land for Ruga to jettison the idea of Ruga and embrace NALDA for food
security and economic empowerment of the people.

He said NALDA is not interested in taking over lands from the people
but only concerned about youth empowerment and Food security.
According to him, “Comparing NALDA’s farm estates to Ruga, insinuating
that it is Ruga or saying the lands being donated by communities are
being converted for Ruga is misleading. What should really interest
Nigerians and Nigeria as a country is availability of food and
achieving food security.
“The issue of taking land from people and using it for Ruga is totally
misleading, and is not what we should dwell on now, what we should
focus on is how do we achieve food security because everybody needs
food to survive, whether oppositions or no opposition, religion or no
religion, tribe or no tribe everybody needs foods.”
He said it is for this reason that NALDA is advocating and reaching
out to communities and villages to make their land available for
development in order for Nigeria to achieve food security.
The land donated by Ribadu village in Fufore local government area of
Adamawa State is expected to engage over 1000 youths from the
community, on a two youth per hectare sharing ratio in wheat farming.
Receiving the land at the Palace of His Royal Highness Dr. Abubakar
Aliyu Ribadu (Gidado), in Ribadu, the Executive Secretary of NALDA,
Prince Paul Ikonne said President Muhammadu Buhari is interested in
empowering farmers and raising more millionaires through agriculture.
He said wheat was strategically selected for its viability in the
community and also to encourage more people to go into wheat farming
to meet local demands.
According to him, “What we do is to empower the farmers; the president
is interested in raising more Millionaires from farming and the
agricultural sector and also attracts more people to go into
“When we take possession of this land we would also allocate it to the
indigenes, people from your community that you would nominate, our job
is to put them through how to go through dry season farming, provide
all the inputs and all the support that they need.”
On value addition, Ikonne said NALDA would buy back the produce from
the farmers to boost their earning and ensure availability of market.
“Most times farmers sell at very low prices because they just want to
sell off and get some money but NALDA buying it back from them means
they would sell at the right price in order to get value and NALDA
would also recoup the investment they’ve made,” Ikonne said.
He added that NALDA would work with all the stakeholders in Fufore to
get the farmers on board the programme.
Responding, His Royal Highness Dr. Abubakar Aliyu Ribadu (Gidado) said
the process of engaging the farmers should be properly done so that
only genuine farmers would benefit from the project noting that if
shabbily done NALDA’s image would be dented in the eyes of the people.
The traditional ruler thanked the Executive Secretary for his efforts
and assured him of his support on the project while noting that the
list of the beneficiaries would be made available to NALDA before the
end of October.
Bulldozers are expected to move in and commence land clearing
activities by the first week of November of 2021 and land allocation
to selected qualified farmers would also commence simultaneously.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary and his team were shown round a land
that has been donated to the Authority in Sabon Gari, Yolde Pate, in
Yola South local government.
According to the NALDA boss, the land is specifically for Cow
fattening, to boost milk and meat production in the state and the
country at large.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary and his team also inspected ongoing
harvest activities on its rice farm in Suju village, in Ganye local
government area of Adamawa State.
About 20 youth of the community that have been engaged by NALDA on a
daily pay plan were seen carrying out harvest activities on farm.
The farm had commenced with land preparations and inputs supplies
earlier in the year.
The farm which is part of NALDA’s wet season farming programme is
expected to yield at least 1000 tons of rice at the end of the
Besides, NALDA says its plans to commence dry season wheat farming is on course.
According to the agency, five boreholes have been drilled with a
generator to power them, the farm also has a stream which is a natural
water source that would be utilize to support irrigation activities on
the farm.
With the wheat and rice farm, Training of Fish farmers on best
practices by providing them with stainless steel ovens, and other
upcoming projects like the mega groundnut storage facility to be
established in Hong local government and the Cow fattening facility to
be established in Yolde Pate in Yola South, NALDA has covered the
three Senatorial Districts in the state.

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TTP to Deploy Truck Call-Up System on Mile 2-Tin Can Road December




From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos

On the strength of the palliative works at the Mile 2-Tin Can segment
of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway to ease congestion until the major
construction work is completed, managers of the electronic truck
call-up system have disclosed plans to deploy the technology on that
axis before the end of 2021.

   This comes as the Trucks Transit Park (TTP), which manages the
electronic call-up system called eto, noted that the Nigerian Ports
Authority (NPA) has already approached the Federal and Lagos State
governments to get the contractor to provide palliatives to reduce the
chaos on the route.

   The TTP Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Temidayo Adeboye, who listed
the company’s successes since their initial deployment in Apapa in
February 2021 to include reduction in cargo haulage cost and saner
wharf road, explained that “the same technology applied at Apapa Port
has been applied at Tin Can Port.”
   However, “the major challenge at the Tin Can Port is the amount of
road construction going on around the area. The construction company
did not provide any palliative; all the trucks are passing on a single
lane, you have the area boys, the union (road transport and truckers)
and everyone, it is like a mad house.”
   Meanwhile, Adeboye explained that after fixing the NPA trucks,
which account for 50 per cent of the Apapa traffic, the oil and gas
trucks (30 per cent) would be the next phase of vehicles to be brought
onboard the eto platform in the holistic plan for effective management
of the traffic situation.
   According to him, “the only people not using eto and making life
difficult for us in Apapa are the oil and gas traffic. Though their
unions are coordinated, it would be better we have them on eto so as
to move them electronically. It will kill extortion completely and
ensure flow of traffic.”
   With all the major oil marketers having the necessary
infrastructure to onboard their tankers, Adeboye noted that bringing
them onboard would be relatively easy. According to him, “it is easier
to control the major marketers than the independent marketers.
   “All the six major marketers have what it takes to onboard the eto
– tanker parks, access control, pre-gate and CCTV. Within one week, we
can onboard the six major marketers because they have everything it
takes. We can now move to independent marketers; they can come
together and acquire land in Apapa for their truck park.”
   These challenges notwithstanding, the truck electronic call-up
system has caused a drastic drop in haulage cost from Apapa port, with
cargo haulage from Apapa to locations within Lagos crashing from N1.5
million to the current N200,000, even though import is peaking.
   Adeboye recalled that before eto deployment, haulage of a 40ft
container from Apapa to warehouse within Lagos was N1.5 million but
now N400, while a 20ft container, which was previously transported at
N800,000, now costs N200,000.
   He added: “People are beginning to come to terms with the fact that
the eto technology is working and that is why there is sanity in Apapa
ports. As we have added technology, we have removed human interface.”

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FIRS Seeks to Generate More Revenue from Stamp Duty – Nami




By Tony Obiechina Abuja 
The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Muhammad Nami said on Thursday that the Federal Government can generate more revenue from Capital Gains Tax and Stamp Duty.

A that the inefficiencies that have plagued these taxes have have led to poor revenue generation from.
Nami who stated this during the opening ceremony of the 2021 tax week of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria in Abuja, noted that the inefficiencies that have plagued these taxes have led to the poor revenue generation.
According to him, the theme of the tax week for this year is, “Efficient Tax Administration as a Panacea for Increased Revenue Generation”, was apt as it reflected the current efforts of the governments at all levels to increase revenue generation and reduce debt financing.

He added that the government’s efforts to boost revenue are currently hindered by insecurity, high exchange rate and the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The FIRS Boss said, “The Federal Government needs money to provide more critical infrastructure, maintain existing ones and provide medical and educational facilities to the teaming youth and by extension reduce unemployment.
“I believe that this occasion will generate new ideas, innovations and strategies for enhancing revenue collection by the Federal and State governments through their various Revenue Authorities.
“Looking at the topics for paper presentation, discussions will center on Stamp Duty and Capital Gains Tax.
“These taxes are currently not being adequately collected and it is my sincere hope that discussions here will generate the much needed drive for efficient administration of these taxes and ultimately increase revenue generation by both the State and Federal governments”, he added.
Also speaking at the event, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, said there was need for the country to spend more on critical infrastructure.
“What is clear is that we need for revenue, the challenge we have is not that our budget is big. The DG budget has also reiterated this, he said that what is required is for us to spend more, considering the infrastructural deficit that we have.
“That is why the Minister of Finance has always mentioned that the challenge we have in the country is a revenue challenge,” he said.
He added that the Office of the Accountant General remains committed to the implementation of public financial reforms that are meant to deepen transparency, efficiency and accountability, in the use of public resources for the common good of Nigerians.

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SON Partners Army on Intelligence Sharing, Surveillance, Enforcement




The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) said it is seeking partnership with the Nigerian Army on intelligence sharing, surveillance and enforcement against sub-standard goods throughout the country.

This is contained in a statement issued to newsmen by the SON Public Relations Officer South-East/South-South region, Mr Paul Iorkyaa, in Enugu yesterday.

The statement said that SON’s State Coordinator for Rivers/Bayelsa, Mr Sam Ayuba, sought the collaboration when he paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen.

Sanni Mohammed.

It said that the event took place in Port Harcourt on Oct. 13.

Ayuba noted that there was the need to strengthen the collaborative relationship between the Agency and the Division in fighting the menace of substandard products manufactured in the country and those smuggled in through the borders.

“The sales of substandard products in the markets including army mini-markets were of huge risk to consumers.

“SON is deeply concerned with incessant influx of substandard and fake products, both local and imported, in the South-South zone of the country.

“We, therefore, call for the assistance of the Nigerian army through the Division on intelligence sharing, surveillance and enforcement operations.

“SON relies on intelligence from sister agencies such as the Nigerian Army, consumer complaints and other sources to gather information for her operations, hence the need for such partnership in crime fighting,” the coordinator said.

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Responding, Mohammed said that the Division was ready to collaborate with any progressive thinking Agency or Organisation in the area of security and protection of lives and property.

He said that the assurance was in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya’s, vision.

He explained that the COAS vision is: “To have a Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in the defence of Nigeria”.

Similarly, Ayuba also paid a courtesy visit to Lt.- Col. Mohammed Mashegu, the Commanding Officer, 29 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt.

The coordinator also sought the cooperation of the Battalion in getting rid of substandard products; while commending the Army for its unflinching efforts toward keeping the country safe.

Ayuba also called for ways to sustain the formidable working relationship that had existed between the Agency and Battalion before now.

Responding, Mashegu said that SON should expect nothing short of standard from the battalion, especially in providing the Agency with worthy officers and soldiers for her operations as well as relevant intelligence when needed.(NAN)

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