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Value chain: Gov Sule launches women multipurpose cooperative society in Wamba

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Value chain: Gov Sule launches women multipurpose cooperative society in Wamba

By Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, on Tuesday, launched the United Sister’s Multipurpose Cooperative Society, in Wamba central market, a Federal Government and International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD), initiative aimed at reducing poverty.

Sule equally commissioned a solar-powered borehole located at Haske Gari Processing Centre, Gbude, also in Wamba Local Government Area.

He explained that both activities, jointly funded by the federal government and IFAD, are aimed at ensuring food security, increase small-scale farmer’s income. Enhance processing and marketing of rice and cassava, as well as promoting accelerated growth on sustainable basis.

According to him, the Value Chain Development Programme, is the initiative of the federal government, geared towards diversifying the economy as an alternative source of revenue.

He added that the programme is intended to focus more attention on agricultural growth with a view to transform the sector as the mainstay of the country’s economy.

The governor disclosed that in its determination to key into the programme, his administration, on July, 1, 2020, approved the whopping sum of N176m as counterpart funds, for the take-off and implementation of the project for the period of two years.

Sule reiterated the resolve of his administration to continue to align with policies of the federal government, in the collective commitment to providing the desired development, adding that it informs the decision by the state government to attract investors like Olam Nig. Limited, Dangote Group, Azman Rice, Flour Mills Nigeria Ltd, among others.

While appreciating the Federal Government and IFAD for choosing Nasarawa State to host the event, the governor disclosed further that similar projects have been completed in Lafia and Nasarawa, while those of Doma and Karu Local Local Government Areas are ongoing.

Earlier, the Programme Coordinator in the state, Dr. Eunice Adgidzi, disclosed that they have completed multi million naira projects across five local government areas, including five solar-powered boreholes, three market stores and two market stores.

She added that two market stores, as well as the cassava model 2 processing mill with crèche and restrooms, are ongoing.

Dr. Adgidzi said a total of 2, 233 farmers from 204 farmers’ organizations, engaged in rice and cassava production, processing and marketing, have been profiled and are benefiting from the project.

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Gov Matawalle visits IDP camp, urges FG to deploy more troops

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Zamfara state Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle has expressed sadness over the resurgence of banditry activities in the state.

The governor who visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Unguwar Danbaba in Tsunami area of Gusau local government as he urged the federal government to deploy more troops to the affected areas.

Sympathising with the IDPs who are mostly from Rijiya community, he assured them of his administration’s commitment to the continued protection of lives and properties of the citizens in the state.

The governor, in a statement by his Director General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications, Yusuf Idris Gusau said although his administration inherited the security problem in the state, with the support and cooperation of the people, the situation has reduced to a minimal level.

He appealed to the people of the state to support the government by providing necessary intelligence to security agencies in order to bring an end to the security challenges facing the state.

He commended the Ministry for Humanitarian and Disaster Management for the prompt action taken in the provision of food items, medicaments and bedding materials to the IDP camp.

Earlier, one of the IDPs” leaders, Mallam Muhammadu Shehu expressed gratitude over the governor’s visit as herequested for redeployment of more security personnel to the affected communities to enable them return to their respective communities.

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Arrest insecurity in Ebonyi not our President, indigenes tackle Umahi

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Arrest insecurity in Ebonyi not our President, indigenes tackle Umahi

**Raises the alarm over plot to declare Oluchchukwu wanted

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked Governor Dave Umahi, to tackle the insecurity situation in the state instead of the plot to arrest for trial the association’s President, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu.

The Ebonyi indigenous group said it is in possession of a audio clip where the state government had asked the security operative to declare Mr. Oluchchukwu wanted and effect his arrest for trial over a published open letter in a national daily regarding the killings in Effium, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.

In a statement released to newsmen Thursday in Abuja, AESID said sane minds had expected the state government to rejoind the said open letter with its own facts or counter proves rather than descend so low to harass security agencies to declare the leader of the group wanted.

“As a governance and accountability platform, we in AESID believe that the interest of truth and justice would be best served by truths and nothing but sincerity of purpose especially in managing the lingering Effium war and other communal unrests troubling the very soul of our dear state, not the resort to open or clandestine threats to the lives of Ebonyi citizens like our President willfull elected to not only ask questions and engage leaders in a democracy but even shoulder lots of the burden the government has elected to ignore.

We urge the security agencies in Ebonyi state to please jettison the rather hasty and irrational reactions cum conclusions of the government but rather focus their strengths and energy in bringing all those causing these delibitating unrests in Effium and indeed, our dear state in general to book.

We take this stand because we have known our President, Paschal Oluchukwu well enough and his track records are there for all to see.

“Ambassador Paschal is only deeply concerned just like the rest of ordinary Ebonyians that our once very peaceful Ebonyi has turned into a killing field while the government gallivants and prevaricates without seeking open-minded and credible solutions to these myriads of violence and insecurity in our land.”

While demanding for explanation within 24 hours on the allegation of bias in the lingering Effium carnages raised in the open letter, the group said such was necessary for the governor to clear his name and help in restoring peace in Effium and other parts of the state.

“Meantime, it is pertinent at this closing juncture to draw the attention of the Nigerian security apparatchik who were all duly copied the said Open letter to this latest threats and gimmicks of Governor Umahi to silence those calling for accountability in democratic setting.

“The Nigerian government and the whole world should hold Umahi and his agents responsible, should any harm befall our dear capacity President, his family and or relatives including his businesses home and abroad, for we believe at all times that the primary purpose of government is the protection of lives and property of citizens.”

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Tazan brings succour to Stagi orphanage home

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***lauds Gov. Bello’s strides on security

The Director of Foreign Affairs and integration, United Arab emirate, of National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Tazan Saahibfatatiu has brought succor to the inhabitants of Stagi Cornerstone orphanage home to confirm with the doctrine of feeding the needy during the period of the Holy Ramadan.

Tazan made this known in a chat with newsmen after the presentation of food items and provisions to the orphanage noting that alms giving during Ramadan fast is considered one of the most admonished good deeds in Islam.

He added that the message of communal responsibility is reinforced through fasting and this, he maintained, encourages empathy and compassion for those that are less privileged in the society.

According to him, the world would have been a better place for all if only everyone takes from the little he or she has to help those in dire need in the society.

While commenting on the prevailing state of economy of the state, Tazan lauded Governor Bello for the giant strides recorded on security, stressing that the peace in the state has encouraged people like him to come home and do business, see family and friends very often.

Earlier, a friend who accompanied him, Hon. Chukwuma Trust lauded the effort of Saahibfatatiu adding that he feels motivated to go back home and replicate same.

While he promised to keep helping the orphanage home on regular bases, he donated an instant cash gift to support the orphanage home.  

Speaking on behalf of the owner of the home, the matron of orphanage, Mrs. Clara Owosagba expressed delight over the items, adding that the items will go a long way in providing regular food for the children.

She further called on the government through the state Ministry of Health to help provide care for one of their children who is a sickle cell patient and in dire need of medical attention.

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