Kogi declare war on kidnappers
By our reporter
Following the recent spate of Kidnapping and dangerous dimension in activities of cultists in the State, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has declared a total war on would be perpetrators.
kidnappers and cultists have laid siege on the state in recent weeks leaving on their trail destruction of lives and properties as well as fear of insecurity.
The Governor who gave the indication at the weekend in Lokoja spoke against the backdrop of the abduction of the Traditional Ruler of Ellete Community, Chief Aminu Ahmed Aku in Ajaokua Local Government Area of the state by yet to be identified persons.
The Monarch was reportedly kidnapped by suspected hoodlums along Ajaokuta- Lokoja road on his way to Elete from Adogo, Headquarters of the Local Government Area at about 9. Pm on Friday.
The Governor who received the sad news like any other citizen in the State said his efforts to reduce crime rate in the state from what it was before he was inaugurated has been yielding positive result.
He vowed to ensure those behind the recent dastardly acts will be fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He said kidnapping of the Monarch ranked among the high profile cases of such acts within a short period.
The Governor further disclosed that he has donated 12 Hilux operational vehicles to the Law Enforcement Agencies in the state to help them combat crimes.
Bello read the riot act to the Law Enforcement Agencies in the state to step up action by embarking on aggressive man hunt for the criminals in the state who have constituted themselves as threat to life, peace and security through kidnapping and cultism.
The Governor equally charged the Community Leaders in the state to close ranks with one another by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activities to the law enforcement Agencies in their areas.
Tunga community worries over influx of kidnappers/bandits
Tunga community worries over influx of kidnappers/bandits
Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia
Tunga community in the Awe local government area of Nasarawa state is worried over influx of suspected kidnappers and bandits recently dislodged from Rutu in the Toto Local government area.
They were said to have been dislodged by command 4 Special Force Doma and are currently occupying Dangote farm land illegally
It would be recalled that recent reports indicated that bulldozer belonging to Dangote Sugar Refinery Company destroyed over 300 houses in Ugber village thereby rendering the Tivs settlement in Awe LGA homeless.
The Auditor of Tunga Development Association, Mr. Nasiru Muhammed-Tunga, who made the disclosure on Thursday in Awe local government area, described them as illegal occupants of Dangote sugar plots of land.
Muhammed-Tunga, said that majority of the occupants of the vast land are strange faces who have dettled in the company after compensations have been paid to the affected persons whose graves, economic trees and structures were confiscated.
He, however, debunked the claims made by some Tiv residents in Awe LGA, lamenting that they were inaccessible as at the time the
company paid compensation.
According to the Auditor of TDA, Tiv and Fulani’s were the first to be considered during the compensation process, noting that every person in Tunga community has been compensated.
He denied claims made by Tivs that over three hundred houses were destroyed by the company without any compensation.
His words: “We just woke up and see clusters of farmstead with unknown faces, this called for alarm with the rising spate of insecurity in the land, again they occupied our land without coming through the
traditional ruler, this is a threat to our existence”.
Speaking on the matter, Gayam Tunga, Mr. Ibrahim Adamu, said the crisis begun during the killing of late Sarkin Azara by Tivs who took refuge in unknown destination and returned to the land when there was compensation to every able settlers.
He, however, said none of those people that were returning were familiar faces, adding that even the graves, economic trees and structures were actually considered.
He added that petitions were written against Hakimi, MeGayam and one other explaining that other part of the reserved land was for the community.
Amos Kyaava in an interview claimed he was not present during the assessment by tge compensation committee as a result of crisis when they
sought refuge outside the state.
He explained that he left in 2017, when the former governor of Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, leased the land to Dangote Sugar Company
Francis Yors from Kukunbi cluster in previous interview said the compensation was just for economic trees and structures excluding plot of land.
Julius Tasha from Orobo cluster confirmed that they were given compensation by Dangote Sugar Company.
Some inhabitants of Tunga who spoke applauded Dangote for the choice of Tunga, noting that the company has brought a lot of prospects to their community.
Investigation by our correspondent, however, indicated that barely six thousand Tunga youth secured employment in Dangote with scores from Awe, the administrative head of Awe local government benefitting from the benevolence.
Over N200 billion was earmarked for the development of the sugar company.
Narrating the ordeal of the Ugber villagers in the hands of the Dangote Sugar Refinery to NationalUpdate the village head, Mr. Timothy Ti’igh, he claimed that the Dangote firm did not contact them about buying the land, talk less of compensating the inhabitants to demolish their locality.
He said: “We only woke up on Thursday to see Dangote firm with bulldozer in our village pulling down our houses.
We lost a total of 80 bags of rice, 43 bags of surgum, 27 bags of soyabeans, 3,000 tubers of yam and 17 bags of beneseeds in the demolition exercise.”
“The Dangote team also set several basins of our smoked fish, beds and beddings, and other valuables ablaze as you can see. They snatched a bag containing some money and a handset from my son and took it away,” he added.
Nigeria Farmers Group urges States to develope rural communities with 10% of monthly revenue
Nigeria Farmers Group urges States to develope rural communities with 10% of monthly revenue
***Says Rural communities are Goldmine waiting to be harnessed
National Coordinator/ Manging director Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS) Tedheke Retson has described rural communities in Nigeria as the Goldmine of economic development if only Governors will set aside 10% of revenues to develope them.
He therefore charged
the state Governors to set aside 10% of their monthly revenue for the development of the rural areas.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja about the loss of over N200m his farm center at Ga’ate Community, Kokona Local Government area of Nassarawa State incured on account of the COVID-19 pandermic he said insecurity will be contained if rural communities are developed.
“It is time for States to commit 10% of their monthly revenue towards developing rural communities, that is the goldmine because once you develop rural communities you take away insecurity and create opportunities.
“We must begin to develop rural Nigeria such that it becomes impossible for Bokoharam to go and recruit, why because these guys have something that they are holding onto.
“When you develop rural communities you create the ability of rural Nigeria to become a goldmine for continued productive work.
“Nigeria is capable of 10% GDP growth if we focus on the development of rural communities.
Speaking also against the background of the rice pyramids of Kebbi and how it can be replicated as a national project he said, “Kebbi rice pyramid can be replicated nationwide if our Governors understand that the only way they can create job is through agriculture.
“Look there is no job that the ICT sector can create that can match 10% of what agric can create. The oil sector does not have the capacity to create 5% of the jobs agricultural sector can create.
“So when we are able to look at agriculture, on every hectare of farmland, even when you are using machinery and the staff and you have 84m arable farmland, think of it in numbers.
“So even if you want to talk about mechanization, you need personnel and if you talk about industrialisation, you need personnel. If you want to open more lands you need personnel.
“The rural Nigeria is where the majority of our population lies. That is why you see today that insecurity is actually becoming a problem in rural Nigeria because they will attack urban areas and go back to the rural areas.
“So what you do is to create rural farm settlement centers as there will be nothing there for them to do in the cities.
On his experience in 2020 he said, “The reality is that 2020 was a very bad year for farmers. I will say that any farm that can survive the challenges of 2020 will probably not die again. “But that is why we have always asked that agriculture should be treated as a national treasure because every industrial revolution has been premised on Agric. As an agrarian, from the west to the east.
“Nigeria is blessed to be in such a particularly good place because when you over 200 million people with an average youth population of 19years and about a 100milliom arable farmland.
“What Nigeria must do is to use agriculture as a foundation of sustainable economic development in other to mitigate the challenges that ordinarily should have arisen from COVID-19.
“So yes it was a very tough year, it was a tough year with our investors, it was a very tough year with markets, because if you don’t move good you cannot sell and if you don’t sell you cannot make money, if you are not making money, you are not surviving.”
He said he wished sometimes that the fourth quarter of 2020 is written off the books of history because between August and December was the worst experience the farm ever had.
“We lost money, when we were to move some of our cows to the south because of the restriction of movement, we lost money with #EndSars protests because with the protest came the opening of border and foreign rice flooded Lagos.
“Hence we lost money in so many ways but at the end of the day what you must keep doing is to keep building since at the end it is value that determines longevity.
“It is value that determines process and productivity and because the farm has been able to build value over the years it was easier for us to.
“Thankfully December last year the Central Bank of Nigeria supported the farm with N734m with the hope of increasing that because they see the farm as a local content driven project, Nigerian project with Local content and the project has kept on creating employment reducing joblessness and increasing productivity for the greater good of our people.
“If you look at our fourth quarter GDP figures you will realise that non-oil revenue was the major component of that growth and that is exactly what we need to do.
“So 2020 is not a year some of us want to remember but then we learnt lessons from the year like 2020 for future growth and sustainability. “
“Yes, Government sets policies in place but one of the biggest misconception is that Government has no business in business that is a fallacy, Government is the only business in Business.
“The United States economy at this particular time before the end of Donald Trump, the Government bailed out the small businesses over $4trillion and Joe Biden never did 3 months he has increased the tally by $1.9 trillion that means Government supporting the private sector in an economy that is supposed to be the most capitalist economy in the world, so Government is the only business in business.”
He admonished be the leading figure in providing finances in a time where the purchasing power is really low, with lack of movement when industries are suffering. “Government should be the central Figure in not only providing finances but providing the enabling business environment, not only doing that but opening new markets by providing the basic infrastructure necessary for creating access to markets from the rural areas to the urban markets.
He said his farm built a dam with the capacity of holding 500 cubit meter of water.
“A farm like ours should not be building dam, infact if there is an Avenue for me to recover that money from the Federal or State Government I will recover it.
“I spent about N60m to build the dam, not only holding for the farm during irrigation where we can cultivate a 100 hectares of farm land but also holding water for more that 100, 000 cattle from all over the area that come to drink water for free.
“That is not my job, I shouldn’t build a ruga where I am connecting electricity, 33KVA line for about 5km from the main road to this place where I am spending about 70m for the connection and giving a transformer to the community, that is not the job of a private business person, my job is to make money.
He said it is because Government has failed in so many areas particularly in the area of infrastructure provision. “It is also not the job of the federal Governme t alone, the state and local Government must come in because development should not be seen as a concept that is told to us by the world bank and the IMF.
“You should begin to look at it as not communism, capitalism or socialism but you should begin to look at it as communitalism, where the community becomes the central focus of development and growth.
“That is what the Chinese did, the Chinese economic revolution was a cultural revolution, where the culture of the people was used as a foundation of economic development. That is what drive real growth. “So yes, Government sets policies but beyond that Government build basic infrastructure.”
” it should stop talking about using 1Billion to construct 1km of road, No.
“You see, roads that connects communities do not need to be asphalt, they only need real laterite compact. They will cost you less and within a year or so, you can open and connect all the farm communities to market centers because the source of insecurity is the foundation of inability of the people to be self sustaining. Look, rural Nigeria does not need schools, that will cost N100, 000 to attend, with N10,000, N15, 000 people send their children to school in rural Nigwria. So what do you do, it is to provide basic jobs. Jobs that will pay, N10, 000 to N20, 000 but jobs that are sustainable over the long run. People are complaining about Ruga being a challenge, Government is suppose to use Ruga as a source of employment. The farm itself is a Ruga, because this farm we sleep, in this farm, Fulani stay, in this farm, you have all your viewing centers, you have playing ground for children, you have processing ground, you have an abattoir, you have hydroponic section where you plant grass, in the farm you have a clinic, in the farm you have conference center, you have football field. It is a farm ecosystem, like the one in Isreal a farm ecosystem, where everything you need is within the farming community. When you do that, you are creating jobs. We cater for about 500 jobs at the peak of the planting season. Imagine you have project like this in every local Governments, you have Rugas like this in every Local Governmenrs in every State of the Federation that is doing almost everything, pigs, cows, goats, plantation if you have them in every local government within the next decade you will generate over 10 million jobs and those 10million jobs do not need to pay you N500, 000 per month as salary, all they need to do is to pay an average of N30, 000 to N40, 000 but then you have community schools that would be good enough, community health centers that would also be good. So Government’s role is beyond infrastructure, it is beyond policy, it is with regards to cheap money. The money that the CBN gave to the farm is coming to us at about 5% interest rate per annum and we just a circular recently that the CBN has extended that 5% till 2022. So I am going to be paying 5% on a N700m facility. The CBN is also opening a N2b line because of what they think we are doing. So the issue is, Government needs to make money available to real farmers not the paper farmers. Government needs to do a lot along that line or else when COVID comes tomorrow we are still going to struggle. The country that was able to overcome COVID fastest was China, do you know why? Because China is a productive economy, Asia did not suffer as much from COVID as the Wwest because over the last decade production has moved from the West to Asia. The HP laptop that is made in America is actually manufactured in China. Almost everything that is here in this office is made in China. So while the world was undergoing a recession driven by COVID-19 China was experiencing increase in productivity during the pandemic and that is driven by their ability to produce. You have almost a 100m hectares of arable farmland and the Federal Government has to do everything. The state Government is not doing as much as they should and the private sector also is lagging behind in what they are expected to do.
Can we know the range in terms of the amount you lost last year?
The farm lost in excess of N200m due to the COVID issue in 2020. Most farms suffered similar fate like ours.
How can the country replicate the rice pyramid in Kebbi in other states?
Right now they don’t have anything they are holding onto so anybody can come and give them N1000 and what will they do? They will take that N1000 and take AK47, smoke small weed and they are going to destroy communities. So the thing is for Kebbi to become a component of our national discuss, for what happened in Kebbi to become part of our progress discussion, States must begin to look at their competitive advantage.
Why will Nigeria be importing Gari from Togo? When in those days the Niger Delta used to be the hub of production of Gari, what are we talking about?
In 1976 Indonesia and Malaysia came here to learn about palm oil, today both countries do worth of over $10b export of palm oil and Nigeria is importing 1 million metric tonnes of palm oil every year is that not a curse?
States must begin to look at their competitive advantage in agriculture because that is the only way we can grow. States should stop talking about going to Abuja for the monthly allocation.
The ruga atmosphere in this farm is visible for a first time visitor, there is fulani settlement here, looking at the issue of at the national.burner which is Fulani the criminal ones are told to leave, it is now a political issue and also a tribal issue, tearing Nigeria apart, how did you.manage to incorporate fulani into your farm ecosystem?
Nigerians have the habit of foundation in every conversation on insanity, on
mediocrity, with parochial sentimentality. It worries me sometimes to hear people discussing northernization and now we talk about Ruganization or Rugaphobia. We are supposed to look at the economics of Ruga, I will give you a perfect example. The American Cowboy is a Fulaniman, yes go and look at him historically.
A cowboy is somebody who stay on top of a horse to look after his animals, cows,, that is why he is called cowboy. So the American Midwestern states, Texas, Yahommy all are fulani cow area. What the Anerican did was that they monetized their own fulani men. You see the cowboy with their Sanches shoes, with their shirt and hat like Don William’s, think about, rith now the American Fulani community which is a cowboy community is a $500b community. Come home to Nigeria, Buhari has been President for six years, Osinbajo has been his vice and a pastor for that number of years, Osinbanjo has not become a Muslim.
What we must begin to look at is, what is the economies and comparative advantage of the fulani. Nigerians don’t look at the foundation of our crises. My grand father left Urhobo land and went to kale, for those who are from Niger Delta you will understand what I am talking about. Kale is a very fertile land so most people from the upland Delta in the 40’s and 60’s moved to Kwale to settlement Father late professor Moses Tedheke was given birth to in Kwale. So most of them actually went to Ruga communities in Kwale to go and farm. That is the concept and foundation upon which Ruga should be discussed so, there are currently 20m cows in Nigwria and the way the cows are currently grazing is not economically viable because they lose a lot of fat as they track all the way from Sokoto to go and look for fresh grass in Warri for example and this migratory pattern is human as it is historic. Man chases where there is food that is why all of would leave village to Lagos even if we sleep under bridge. It is the way it is, so no matter how you shout or point gun the cows are always going to be migrating from the dry land to the wet lands.
So what do we do? I have said it before, create a small central corridor that is going to be foundationed from Kwara all the way to Benue and Adamawa in and then to Nassaraw. You create a NorthCentral corridor. When you build Rugas like this, it is not owned by the fulani, it is not owned by individuals, it is owned by the State. For God’s sake Awolowo did it with his Cooperative program in those days, Sir Ahmadu Bello also talked about it as a concept. That was what led to the grazing reserves in the 40s and 60s
RCCG throne Room Parish observes Prayer walk in Abuja to heal Nigeria
RCCG throne Room Parish observes Prayer walk in Abuja to heal Nigeria
By John Danjuma
The Reedemed Christain Church of God (RCCG) Throne Room Parish, Transcorp Hilton Abuja yesterday joined its counterparts in over 190 countries to mark the global prayer work in Abuja.
Members of the church led by the pastor in charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Transcorp Hilton Congress Hall, Tunde Benjamin’s-Laniyi marched from the hotel to the Federal secretariat while supplicating for Nigeria in he perilous times the country found itself.
The members who were holding different bill boards with inscriptions such as ‘God heal Nigeria’ were all in prayer mood as they trudged in the procession.
Pastor Benjamin’s-Laniyi who is also the pastor in charge of youth Province 11 that cover this Abuja, Nassarawa, Kogi, Kwara and Niger and Benue State said the country needs divine intervention.
“We need divine intervention, it is a mandate that God gave to us and God Says everywhere RCCG is in over 190 nations of the earth.
“What we are doing right here now is being done everywhere that on the 21st of this month our pastor declared that we walk round and pray.
“We pray these powerful prayer points, firstly we are praying for revival in the land that will usher in a great harvest to the Kingdom.
“We are praying for our nation that God almighty will help Nigeria, that God will help the President, the ministers, Governors and all our leaders and even the populace so that Nigeria will be great again, we are trusting that God almighy will back them up we are crying out saying Almighty have mercy upon the country. “Lord do something, we are asking for divine intervention, we are asking for divine interuption to the benefit of the country. We asking saying Lord, it is high time that Nigeria should be mentioned in the comity of nations not a country that is in glorious but a country that carries the Glory of God.
“We are saying that Nigeria is a good Land, Nigeria is good, we are saying in the precious name of Jesus God intervene in our country and Lord Syrenghten our leaders, enable them, empower to bring this nation to a place of your glorious expression of your power because Nigeria is a country that is destined to be great.” “”We are saying God, Lord over our nation, let theatre fly again that is what we are praying for and we are trusting God that in the name of Jesus the supernatural, we are praying that the father of Jesus Christ, the God of all creation, the one who made the stars, the moon, the cloud, he is the God of all ages, the Alfa and Omega, the ancient of days, he is known as the God of all creation and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. “We are saying Lord God of humanity, you are the one that has the power, you can still do things that you do most. So we are coming here and involving God in our nation
When asked about whether God has turned his back on Nigeria after so much prayers the problems are still there, he said, “Faith without work is dead we thank God for what we have seen, if it was not for God the situation would have been worse but we are also prayering but it is not only prayer we must couple our prayers with the right action that delivers the work, faith is justified by the works. “Faith without works is dead, it is not just praying. What about he governing principles behind our action all these things will have to be addressed and that is why we are saying Lord we are declaring this, we are advocating for this, we are standing for this, that all of us as a people will begin to agree with God we begin to cooperate with God in bringing his will to come to pass in our lives because it takes two to tango.”
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