The Ekiti State government’s agriculture and rural development programme has received a major boost as the government has secured the World Bank’s support for the initiative.
The State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi disclosed this on Sunday during at his Isan Ekiti country home.
According to Dr Fayemi, the initiative called Rural Access and Marketing Programme (RAMP) will connect Ekiti rural communities to the urban centres and market places as well as help in the reconstruction of farm settlements many of which were built in the fifties by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo but were not put to good use.
The Governor explained that the initiative would help provide basic amenities at the farm settlements so as to encourage farmers in the areas to focus on their agricultural activities.
“One of my assistants is going to be focusing on agric and farmsteads because in the course of my campaigns, I went round those farmsteads. My wife also toured the farmsteads extensively. There are things that are required by the people in those farms that will make their work a lot better in terms of social amenities, social investment, in terms of ensuring that we connect the farms to the market.
“So we have another initiative that is being supported by the World Bank which is known as Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Programme (RAMP). This is meant to assist us to connect our rural communities to the urban centres and the market places in the hope that we can also reconstruct our farm settlements, provide the necessary amenities there and ensure that our people stay back in those places without missing the amenities they ought to have if they were to be in the cities”, he said.
While speaking on the College of Technical and Commercial Agriculture which was scrapped by his predecessor, Governor Fayemi said a bill for the re-enactment of the College establishment law will soon be sent back to the State House of Assembly to enable the school begin operation legally.
The governor who disclosed that the ongoing construction works in the school would be completed before September when the school would open for academic activities, said the College was designed to train and equip young people who are interested in agriculture agric value chain.
His words: “Work has resumed there and significant progress has been made on the road construction. I believe the builders are also on site. The idea is that the school will be ready for use by the opening of a new session in September- October. Some six months of intense work should get it ready. The law is going back to the Assembly for re-enactment because of what the last administration did to it and once that is done, it is legally covered to undertake the business of recruiting our young people who are interested in becoming middle -level managers and technical operators in commercial agriculture in Ekiti.
“Since we have decided that agriculture is important to us as an agrarian society and none of our young people is interested in hoe and cutlass farming. They want modernization and the tools that will enable them participate in the entire value chain right from planting to processing and marketing. As government we are prepared to give necessary support and incentives
Ladoja, Obasa, Igbo Youths Back Governors
A former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja; Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa; Northern Minority caucus in the House of Representatives and the Southeast Igbo Youth Stakeholders are in support of the governors’ resolution.
They all spoke at different for and events.
Ex-governor Ladoja said he believes that if the ban on open grazing is implemented, the rising insecurity in the country would, to a large extent, be curbed.
Ladoja, at the Eid prayers at the University of Ibadan Prayer Ground, also told reporters that “religious intolerance is another problem Nigeria is facing.”
He argued that open grazing was no longer sustainable as a practice, adding that the government needed to do more in terms of implementing the ban by the governors.
Ladoja said: “I support the ban on open grazing. There is the existence of open grazing law even in Oyo State but unfortunately, we have not seen it implemented. Maybe now that all of the Southern governors have adopted it, the implementation will start in earnest.
“All over the world, many countries don’t have open grazing. We should also adopt that.
In Lagos, Speaker Obasa advised President Muhammadu Buhari to act on the requests made by the governors to end insecurity in the country.
According to him, implementation of the requests would help in moving the country forward.
“President Buhari should give a thought to the requests made by the governors, and also implement them for the country to move forward,” he said in a statement to mark the Eid-el-Fitr.
Obasa expressed belief that the country would survive the security and economic challenges facing it and come out stronger.
Minority lawmakers in the House of Representatives from the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said addressing open grazing, restructuring, and other issues raised by the Southern governors remained the only solution to the worsening insecurity in the country.
The lawmakers, therefore, called on President Buhari to immediately commence a process of national dialogue and restructuring as a way of addressing the general discontent among ethnic nationalities in the country.
Their position is contained in a statement by Amos Gwamna, Solomon Maren, Rimande Shawulu, Mark Gbillah, Tajudeen Yusuf and Usman Sokodabo.
They also asked the President to address the nation on the contending issues raised by the governors and supported by their lawmakers in the National Assembly.
The lawmakers said: “We, members of the minority from the north hereby call on President Buhari to heed the genuine advice of governors from the south and immediately address the nation to assuage frayed nerves.
“The President should also put machinery in place for the commencement of the process of restructuring the nation and initiate a legislation to end open grazing, which has been at the centre of the lingering insecurity across the nation.
“In order to regain the confidence of the majority of Nigerians, the President must begin to redress his skewed appointments, which have unfortunately divided the nation along ethnic and religious lines”.
The South East Igbo Youth Stakeholders also supported the Southern governors but advised them to come up with an appropriate legal framework to implement their resolutions.
The group which called on the Federal Government to de-proscribe the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation, also urged Southeast governors to liaise with the relevant stakeholders especially the youth, to arrest security challenges in the zone.
The group comprises Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth wing, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (southeast), the Nigerian Youth Congress (Southeast) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS, Southeast).
In a statement by Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, the youth also called for full implementation of the recommendations of the EndSars panel report especially on youths.
Atorise Gets Lexus 2020 SUV Gift On Birthday
Good things begot good things and is another year for Olanrewaju Teriba also known as Atorise as he received gift of Lexus 2020 SUV today, being his Birthday.
The SUV is courtesy a long time friend and Fan, Sunday Soyinka A K A Apoti Sunday.
Apoti Sunday has been a friend for over fifteen years when they both had nothing and helped each other in verious ways.
in his words Atorise said he is short of words that his plan was to celebrate this year’s birthday in a very Low key due to the situation of the country with killings, kidnapping and Bandit invading towns and villages couple with covid-19 pandemic.
He added the his plans was to get a New Civilian Coaster Bus for his co-workers for easy movement adding that he is expecting the delivery of the van anytime soon, only to get a wonderful gift of a SUV this morning from Apoti Sunday
Recall that Atorise gave his band bus to the Blinds when they came to minister on his mountain some months ago as a seed even as he is getting a harvest of that seed in form of of a SUV barely six months after.
Atorise was full of praises to God Almighty for another Year among the living and pray for all his Fans, friends, Family and we’ll wishers home and Abroad that God will see ”us through all our difficulties in the name that is above all other names and it shall be well with Nigeria in Jesus Name” he concluded.
EEDRIS ABDULKAREEM, 9ICE, KLEVER JAY, CHINKO EKUN, JAZZMAN TO THRILL GUESTS AT ADX ARTQUAKE NEW ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
Adx Artquake one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop music in this part of the world has concluded plans for the anticipated star studded live in concert and the release party of his new album entitled- Rain.
The talk of the town forthcoming groove is being presented by Labo Entertainment, Cash Money Entertainment and Dendetainment to engage the target audience for a memorable event like no other.
Those who should know squealed that the live in concert and album release party is basically to give thanks to the almighty God for his life and the talents He has given him to add value to his generation through music.
The talented Afro Hip Hop singer with a unique powerful vocal delivery and extraordinary stage craft is doing everything possible to make a statement in the most competitive music playground in Nigeria.
However, as part of the new guidance to keep safe during this pandemic period, all COVID-19 protocols will be enforced to make the album release party a huge success with a stern warning ‘No Face Mask, No Entry’ and maximum security guaranteed.
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