The Jigawa State Government has said it introduced a novel project called “cluster farming for farmers” where about N215,404,850.00 was injected to empower thousands of rice farmers during the previous wet season in the state.
This was disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja during the ongoing NEPAD Business Group Nigeria’s stakeholders meeting.
The chairman of the plenary session which had as its theme, “Developing The Nigeria Rice Value Chain,” who is also the Special Adviser to the Jigawa State governor on Rice Production, Mr Jamilu Muhammad Danmalam, said that the scheme, among other benefits, provided for soft loans, equipment such as ridgers, harvesters, milling machines and thrashers with capacity of producing 50 bags per day.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Bill Medlinda Gates Foundation on Thursday in Abuja, announced a new partnership, which they said was aimed at strengthening cross-state policies in Nigeria.The policies, it was stated, would also strengthen financial resources that they said would benefit the poorest people in the country.Chief Strategy Officer at the Gates Foundation, Mr. Mark Suzman, made the announcement at a press briefing.He said the three-year $2m partnership will focus on domestic revenue challenge, with the aim of strengthening public financing for social programmes that Suzman said would benefit the poor.The fund, he added, would also afford the NGF and the Gates Foundation to develop a road map for future collaboration in strengthening Primary Health Care in Nigeria that would unlock funding dedicated to the work.
The Bank of Industry (BOI) in partnership with African Community Bridge Foundation (ACBF) on yesterday commenced training of 131 youth from Taraba and Adamawa in various entrepreneurial skills for job creation and self reliance.
Alhaji Dahiru Bala, the BOI branch manager in charge of Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe declared the one week training programme open in Jalingo.
Bala told the trainees that the move was the Federal Government deliberate policy aimed at equipping them with entrepreneurial skills and providing them with loans to undertake profitable businesses in order to boost the nation’s economy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will hand over a new modular polio laboratory to Nigeria’s premier polio laboratory in the Department of Virology, University of Ibadan, Oyo state Friday.
A statement from the organization said the laboratory which was purchased with a grant from United States Agency for International Aid (USAID), will support polio eradication activities in Nigeria.The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole who incidentally gave the consent for the donation of the Modular Laboratory when he was the Vice Chancellor of the University, is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the event.
The Presidency has warned that Nigeria may face famine in January, if drastic steps are not taken.Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest producer of cereals and grains, risks food shortage from early next year as huge demands in the global market are targeting the country’s surplus production.A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, quoted him as making the grim forecast in a radio interview in Kano yesterday.Shehu told Pyramid Radio that the “huge demand for our grains in the global market is creating an excellent environment for the mindless export of Nigerian grains across our borders”.“And unless this is curtailed, Nigerian markets will be bereft of food by January next year,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari is to consult governors and All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in making appointments, it was learnt yesterday.
In line with his new policy, the President yesterday mandated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to meet with critical stakeholders on the appointment of members into boards of government agencies.Osinbajo held what was described as “ a frank input session” with Senate President Bukola Saraki, House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal, Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Chairman Abdulaziz Yari, APC Governors Forum Chairman Rochas Okorocha and representatives of the governors in each of the six geopolitical zones.