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840 farmers scheme to benefit from GES fish in FCT

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o fewer than 840 fish farmers in Abuja will benefit from the Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme for the Aquaculture Value Chain, a top official has said. The Director of Fishery, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Folake Areola, said this at the launch of the programme at Lato and Hatchery Farm in Bwari, FCT. Areola said the programme 500 juveniles (fingerlings) and five bags of feed were given at subsidised rate to the registered fish farmers in the FCT. Represented by the GES Coordinator, Mr Babatunde John, the director said the aquaculture programme was timely and would help boost fish production in the country. The director urged farmers to make proper use of the feeds given to them by the government, saying the ministry was expecting a feedback from them. ``We want a feedback on what we are giving you. If we give 500 juveniles, we are expecting that in the next five months, you must have grown them out. ``We are coming back for the results. Do not go and sell the feed, make use of them,’’ the director charged. Addressing the farmers, Dr Charles Momo, the state Director, said that the programme was aimed at improving fish production, food security, creation of employment and boosting the income of the farmers. He described the aqua-

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Graduates registering for internship scheme in Yola, Adamawa State recently.

culture programme as a strategy to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the country. He said that each registered farmer was expected to pay N12, 500 for the feed instead of N25, 000 while the government would pay the balance. He urged the beneficiaries to redeem the input and use them properly, advising that they should see their investment as a business rather than a vocation. According to him, there

are three redemption centres in the FCT located at Yuby Farms in Karshi, Lato and Hatchery Farm in Bwari, and Kuje Town Hall in Kuje. Also speaking, Alhaji Ovurevu Ademoh, the Deputy Director, Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat, FCTA, commended the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for the special attention accorded to fish farmers. He urged the govern-

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ment to establish more fish farms to reduce importation and establish fish market to enable farmers to market their products. One of the beneficiaries, Mr Victor Aneke, also commended the government for its effort and gave an assurance that they would promote fish farming. The Chairman, Affiliated Apex Farmers Association, also hailed the efforts of the government and described it as a welcome development.

LG issues 21-day ultimatum to farmers

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he Kware Local Government Area of Sokoto State has issued a 21-day ultimatum to farmers to evacuate their farm produce. The Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Abubakar Zamau, issued the ultimatum at a meeting in Kware, Sokoto State, at the weekend. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was convened by the authorities of the

council to address the perennial clashes between farmers and herdsmen. The meeting was attended by the leaders of the farmers and herdsmen, traditional rulers, security operatives and other stakeholders. Zamau said that the farmers were expected to evacuate all their farm produce within the 21 days. ``This is with the view to ensure that the herdsmen are given adequate space to graze their livestock.

``Usually, there are clashes between the farmers and herdsmen, bordering on alleged encroachments into farmlands,’’ Zamau said. The chairman also warned the herdsmen against night grazing as well as allowing their under-aged children to graze animals. A cross section of the farmers and herdsmen, who spoke at the meeting, commended the local government for convening the meeting.

Minister tasks states, LGs on investment in youths 50 years, while recognizing that the fact that AU in the past 50 years had been able to fight imperialism and many countries gained their sovereignty. He said: “today, the struggle continues, as we are still faced with modern day colonialism. Africa must arise above board to claim its sovereignty. “We must be independent minded and be devoid of foreign control and manipulations. We must stand firm as a people, support one another to develop. “I made bold to say Africa has come of age. We have

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no excuses but to seat up. Our leaders should wake to the realities and challenges of the time. We must not lack behind in the comity of nations.” Meanwhile, Abdullahi has also stressed the need for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme to be remodelled and repositioned to ensure its relevance in the present day Nigeria. He made this position known when the NYSC National Governing Board of the Scheme visited his ministry Thursday even as he rued the inability of the scheme to justify its existence in recent times,

especially when compared with similar schemes in other countries in Africa. “Anyone who has the responsibility of working with the scheme at this time needs to respond and derive a continual justification for its existence” he stressed. He urged the newly inaugurated Board to initiate new ideas and innovations in order to measure up with the present day realities and challenges confronting the nation’s youths, adding that “we can’t insist that the Scheme is relevant at all times in Nigeria, and at the same time insist it

must be run the same way. That would be contradictory” the Minister added. Earlier, the Chairman of the Board, Chief Gordon Bozimo, highlighted the posting policy, skills acquisition, resuscitation of the scheme industries, among other key areas the Board will focus on to ensure the youths are repositioned for gainful employment. He pledged the loyalty and commitment of the Board to the Transformation Agenda of the present administration and to also contribute its quota towards youth empowerment and development.

busy of activities as the staff were seen attending to both the local and foreign tourists. As our reporter observed that after the ongoing renovation would be no doubt conducive for the staff to be productive in their day-day activities as well, serve as the gorgeous value to the Old Federal Secretariat building. National Gallery of Art is situated at the Jabi Area of the city, given its size and importance, it is expected to have more befitting edifice than it has now. As for National Commission for Museum and Monuments (NCMM) that has its office at the Federal Secretariat Abuja, this has denied the agency to have its befitting places for all the monument and museum. The place is believed to also lack archives where all the historical artifacts could be kept and used to educate the present and future young generations of Nigerians who may wish to know more about Nigeria’s rich cultural and historical heritages. Although, our correspondent gathered that Ministry of Tourism Culture and National Orientation is the least funded of all the ministries in the country, despite its limited budgetary allocation, the Ministry is said to be doing its best to fulfil its mandate.

For instance, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Edem Duke, recently announced the “brand diplomacy” initiative to be driven with a ‘Fascinating Nigeria’ project, that would go a long way in job creation, empowering the teaming youth in term of creativity, skill acquisition as well as attract foreign investors that would invest in Nigeria. On her part, the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Sally Mbanefo, has embarked on grassroots tourism development in the six geo-political zones of the country. She projected that the venture would create no fewer than 20,000 jobs in two years and boost Nigeria’s rating as a preferred destination among investors inthe growing ecotourism market. The corporation has also in its measure to developed tourism in Nigeria has establish Nationwide travel hubs. All these and more are in pursuance of the nebulous ‘transformation agenda’ of the President Goodluck Jonathan government. But a transformation, in its proper meaning, requires far more than talk. And these high hopes depend on other fundamentals. The infrastructure to encourage travel, at least, must be in place.

Kaduna councillors return from Kenyan training A ZA MSUE KADUNA

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ational Councillors Forum, Kaduna State Chapter, has commended the state government for organising a one-week training for its members in Nairobi, Kenya to ensure productivity. Addressing a news conference in Kaduna shortly after their return to Nigeria, the Kaduna State Chapter Chairman of the National Councillors Forum, Hon. Abubakar Ibrahim Danyaro, said the one week training which was conducted in Kenya would help them towards carrying out their functions as lawmakers at the council level. According to him, the

training will also assist them to achieve progress and development at the grassroots in particular and the urban areas in general. He said Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero’s vision was to ensure training and retraining of the councillors so as to achieve the desired result. He commended the governor, the State Ministry of Local Government and the chairmen of local governments for their supports. Danyaro who is also the councillor representing Rigasa Ward in Igabi Local Government, appealed to the entire people of Kaduna State to give all the needed support and loyalty to Governor Yero to enable them enjoy dividends of democracy.

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