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Agric guarantees jobs, stability than oil, monarch tells FG

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Traditional ruler of Kado/Life Camp in Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Esu Danlami Audu, has urged the federal government to have a rethink over its policy on agriculture, saying that under normal circumstances; investment in agricultural sector could create more job opportunities as well as food security and stability than oil in the country.

Esu Audu, who spoke to journalists in his palace over the weekend, therefore advised the government to provide more loans, equipment and enabling environment for the farmers to unlock the great potential in the sector to feed the nation and grow its economy for the benefit of all.

These, he maintained, remains the best way for the government at all levels to successfully achieve adequate production for feed security, export, boost industrial growth and provide agricultural infrastructure, among others.

The village head explained that such incentives from the government would help the farmers and motivate undergraduate youths to venture into farming instead of looking for the white collar job that is not always available in the country.

According to him, “a lot could be achieved if agriculture is professionalised and small scale farmers assisted and commercialised so that they make more meaningful and decent earnings”.

He explained that investment in appropriate infrastructure would help address the increasing problems facing the sector while sustainable cities and economies could be created within agricultural hubs to reduce the migration to city centres.

Esu Audu further stressed that agricultural infrastructure would lead to the creation of industrial hubs and development of service sector with more supporting infrastructure around agricultural hubs, thus reducing unemployment and poverty in the country.

He lamented that agriculture which used to be the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy in early 60s, have been abandoned by the government since the discovery of petroleum products by successive governments in the country to detriment of all.

According to him, “since our various governments have allowed oil to take over agriculture in this country, it has been creating more harm to citizenry and the nation at large”.

On what he’s doing to encourage farming in his community, he said: “We are Gbagis and our major occupation is farming, we are farmers. What I do is that I don’t just create awareness on the importance of farming, but make farming my major occupation.

“My people here in Kado/Life Camp do a lot of farming and that is why we grow different kinds of grains for local consumption. Besides, we produce yams and other farm produce in large quantities that are enough to feed the nation as people from other parts of the country use to come to and buy them from us.

“This community has the land and capacity to grow several grains and other foodstuffs not just for local consumption, but also for export when given the proper incentives and enabling environment”.

The traditional ruler, however, advised young unemployed graduates not to waste their time searching for the white-collar jobs that are no longer lucrative, but venture into farming, assuring them that they would never regret it.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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