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100,000 to get empowerment through Agric. Crops value chain

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The Kogi state Commissioner for agriculture Mr. Kehinde Oloruntoba has disclosed that the State Government will empower over 100,000 persons through engagement in Accelerated Agricultural Production in various crops value chains, in 2018.
Oloruntoba who gave the indication during his ministerial press briefing with newsmen in Lokoja said “Over 100,000 youths are to be fully engaged in various aspects of agriculture. It is against this backdrop that the sectoral allocation to agriculture in this year’s budget was increased N9 billion from N7.9 billion in 2017.
The briefing was organised by the Bureau of Information Services, and Grassroots Sensitisation in collaboration with the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Lokoja.
Oloruntoba reeled out various programmes of the state government in the agricultural sector saying that they were aimed at attaining the food sufficiency, economic diversification and Agribusiness policy direction of the Federal Government.
“We are on our way to empowering 10,000 youths in Accelerated Agricultural Production. What is expected of the state is to clear the land and His Excellency has assured us that as soon as the 2018 Budget is passed into law, money will be released.”
He said that as part of the Federal Government’s Egg Production programme and in view of the National School Feeding Programme in the state, 135 farmers would be supported with N4.2 million each to start poultry farms.
“We want to produce our eggs and chickens here. We are starting the national school feeding soon”, he said.
He said Kogi was already the number one cassava producer in Nigeria and by extension number one in the world (Nigeria: 54 million Metric Tonnes (MT) per annum while Kogi produces slightly over four million Metric Tonnes).
The Commissioner said in the year 2018planing season, the state intends to improve on the production of Cassava, Rice and Cashew.

He said that about 4,200 hectares of land comprising 200 hectares in each of the 21 Local Government Areas of the state had been earmarked for the production and enhancement of Cassava crop value chain.

He added that Alloma Oil Palm plantation would be rehabilitated and expanded with over 1,000 hectares of available land.
Oloruntoba hinted that Kogi would also to launch its Confluence Fish in the next six months saying that the fish would be grown and packaged in Kogi State for the Nigerian market.
Fish ponds in Omi, Idah. We have abundant water resources and we have decided to start exploiting the resources. 1,000 youths would be engaged as fish farmers 1000 earthling ponds.
He said the project would run at pilot level with 2,500 fingerlings per pond and would be located in one Local Government in each of the three senatorial districts of the state.
Oloruntoba said the state had also commenced the process of domesticating the Federal Government’s Agriculture Sector Food Security and Nutrition Strategy (ASFSN) in the bid to fast-track Nutrition-sensitive agricultural practice.

Another 1,000 youths, he added, would be empowered to create vegetable farms which would serve as a hub vegetable markets.
Oloruntoba said that the government inherited a non-functional agriculture ministry without functional machinery in terms of farm equipment adding that the government decided to touch every aspect of the sector.
It would be recalled that the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello had declared a State of Emergency in the Agriculture sector and delved into production of key crops where the state had comparative advantage.
Mr Abdulkarim Abdulmalik, Director-General, Kogi State Bureau of Information Services and Grassroots Sensitization said the briefing was aimed reaching the grassroots through dissemination of information about government activities, policies and programmes.

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The Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda has indicated that the Capital Market would soon be strengthened with Finance Technology

Yuguda spoke on Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate committee on Capital Market to defend the commission’s 2021 budget proposal.

Fintech relates to any business that uses technology to enhance or automate financial services and processes thereby fixing problems in financial infrastructure.

Fintech companies operate by receiving information from customers before helping them make payment, refund a sale, look up details of a transaction, and set up a billing plan among other things.

2020 saw the rise of fintech startups in Nigeria. In October, American fintech giant, PayStripe acquired a Nigerian counterpart, Paystack for over $200 million to expand into the African Continent.

Speaking on plans to launch into fintech, the DG said: “We are implementing the FINTECH road map. We are also contextualising the regulatory independent framework to on board FINTEX into the capital market.

“We have just released draft rules for the crowdfunding in our regulation. We have received set of comments from the market and very soon we will be releasing these rules to the public.”

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate committee on Capital Market, Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun) called for strengthening of the country’s Commodity Exchanges to make the market robust and functional.

He said: “We know a lot more can be done, so we urge you to do more especially to introduce new products and consolidate on the existing ones, carry out research on other capital markets across the globe to align with global best practices.”

Amosun equally tasked stakeholders in the sector to work towards domestication of Nigerian products to encourage local investors.

“The Capital Market needs to re-activate our alternate Market, and bring on board unlisted multinational companies, in order to develop a robust Capital Market. These informal sectors as we are all aware is a driving force that will dominate our nation’s economy.

“I encourage all the stakeholders present here to strategise on how to encourage Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and multinational companies to participate in the Nigeria Capital Market.

“Let me remind us that, the money market is already dominating the capital market due to reasons such as; system failure, lack of transparency in operations, insider abuse, etc. To this end, the Investments and Securities Act (IST) will be reviewed. We urge all the stakeholders as a matter of urgency to intimate us all areas that require legislation in order to promote the Capital Market”, he said.

On the issue of Unclaimed Dividends, the Senator urged SEC and Central Securities Clearing System to work on it, for investors’ confidence and growth of the Capital Market.

“The idle or dormant funds in our system is quite worrisome considering the role those funds can play in the capital Market.  Any financial system that is characterized with enormous wasteful resources in the midst of lack and financial challenges is not proactive. 

“Stakeholders must come up with robust solutions to harness the idle funds and see how it can be channeled into productive ventures”, he said.

Amosun encouraged stakeholders to study what is obtainable in other Capital Markets across the globe and “enact relevant policy framework to eradicate these dormant resources, proffer long lasting solutions to stem such wasteful occurrence.”

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The senate has called on stakeholders in the financial sector to come up with robust solutions to harness idle funds in Nigeria capital market to be channeled into productive ventures.
This was coming against the backdrop of poor performance and lost of confidence by investors in the Nigerian capital market.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market, Sanator Ibikunle Amosun made the call on Wednesday in his opening remarks at the 2021 capital market budget defence.

He expressed further concern on the issue of Unclaimed Dividends, which must be thoroughly dealt with by SEC and CSCS, for investors’ confidence and growth of the Capital Market.

“The idle or dormant funds in our system is quite worrisome considering the role those funds can play in the capital Market. Any financial system that is characterized with enormous wasteful resources in the midst of lack and financial challenges is not proactive”.

“The money market is already dominating the capital market due to reasons such as; system failure, lack of transparency in operations, insider abuse, etc, adding that the Investments and Securities Act (IST) will be reviewed.

“These informal sectors as we are all aware is a driving force that will dominate our nation’s economy. I encourage all the stakeholders present here to strategise on how to encourage Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), and multinational companies to participate in the Nigeria Capital Market.

He further urged stakeholders in the capital market to all the stakeholders to intimate his Committee on all areas that require legislation in order to promote the Capital Market.

“Stakeholders must come up with robust solutions to harness the idle funds and see how it can be channeled into productive ventures.”

He therefore called on all stakeholders in the sector to study what is obtainable in other Capital Markets across the globe and enact relevant policy framework to eradicate dormant resources and proffer long lasting solutions to stem such wasteful occurrence.

“We cannot succeed where there is no cordial relationship between all players in the capital market as this may erode the confidence of both local and foreign investors.

“Furthermore, for us to operate a vibrant Capital Market, we must continuously train key stakeholders and members of staff on new trends and developments in the Capital Market to keep abreast with global best practices”, he advised

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Association for the Support of Urban Poor (FEDUP) has promised to deliver affordable housing for its members.
A new board was constituted after the last management was accused of embezzling over N200m for which the matter is in court.

Secretary of the association Mr. Yusuf Edego said the association is building confidence and credibility after the mismanagement that affected its clients.

He stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing to let the public know the association’s effort in giving the group a new image.

Edego said with what the new management team has put on ground they believe their members and the general public will have confidence in the new team to deliver affordable housing for them.

“By a persons impact, performance, character and sincerity as well as walking the talk, with time people will see that the project is a reality”

He said the major problem as a people is lack of sincerity and that once people see that a person is sincere they will trust him to deliver.

“The major problem bedevilling the country is integrity. Many people especially in property development, more than 60% collect money from people and the public generally yet there is nothing on ground to show for it.
“That is why we removed the former executive members and then came up with elected people of integrity.
“Our chairman is a paramount ruler of impeccable integrity. I am a legal practitioner I have my law firm at Jennifer plaza Central area.
“So you have people with verifiable address. We are people that people can enquire and link up with our character.  “They know that for our records we are people of integrity and we are sure that by God’s grace they will not be disappointed”

On how he thinks people will have confidence in the association after the dent on its integrity he said it is the reason for the press conference. “Before we came we have one or two projects on ground that are verifiable that has been executed by the new executive.
“We have acquired twelve hectares at Kurudu that you can verify which you can buy and build your own house.
“Also the public can go to FCDA at the SDD department and meet the director that FEDUP claim they are in partnership with them to build about 167 housing units at Kuje.
“They are verifiable. Then the issue of 30 hectares we just acquired is still in process.
“We have the Family homes Fund which is an agency established by the Federal Government for provision of Social Houses for Nigerians so we are partnering with them by the grace of God they have agreed to sponsor the 30 hectares for the general Public

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