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DAILY TRUST

Monday, Juhe 13, 2011

23 states hit by flood last year -NEMA By Abdulkadi B~ha Mukhtar

on climate change in Sokoto, the North - \\'estl'l'1l 7.one. Sani-Sirli said the workshop is nece:ssary oonsidering the growIng thrrat from climate-relattd disastcn, which must either be prevented ormitlgated.

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federation "'ere affected by devaslating flood disastef'i with serious

he said. He said disasters wipe out hard-earned devdopment gilins and compels government to dh"fft scarce resource from strategic projects 10 from strategic projects 10 fund relief and rehabilitation. rtsuhing in major setbacks in de\1!Iopmen t and eco-

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DiE National ~ncy Management Agency eNEMA) has confumcd thaI 23 ou l oD6 stat~ of the OOlUitry "'ere affected by Oood during the 20 I0 r.tinyscason. NErvLA Director General, Muhammad $ani Sirli,

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~ workshop, according 10 NEMA. \\ill bring together stakeholdm in disasta rnanagwlCllt from thc-rolTununities.local, state, and felkraJ govnnmmt.academia

and deo.-dopment partners to, am ong others, de\'eIop action plans for combating thc-lwards.. He said the workshop will be hdd in all the six geopolitical wnesof th e country.

ECOWAS trains farmers on forest resources management By Romoke W. Ahmad

The commission said the workshop is part of regional

FARJo.oIERS from the West African rrgion will undergo training from lune 20 to 21 in Niamey, Niger, on restoration techniques and soil mrichment \\ith tree species \\ilh high potnttial ofNon ·Tim· ber r-orest ProdUl;:ts (NTFP), lhe Economic ComnlUni ty of West African Slates (ECOWAS) commission hassaid.

dTorts to achicve sustainablc mmagemelll offorest resources. ECQWAS disclosed this in Ab'lja at the co m missio n's headquarter}, adding that the workshop will be organiutl in collabora tion with the Niamey. based Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Cont rol in theS3hel (Cn.5S), within the

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framework of lmplcmen talio n of th e Commission's Forest and Environment Polities. "Apart from improving agri· cultural prod uction and income di\"ersilkation, it will also help in the post·harvest collec tion of NTFI's, which contribute sig. nificantly to food secu rity and nutrition of Ioni communities in the region. NTFPs aJ.so playa ke). role in the local population's

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By Romok! W. Ahmad T HE Russian embassy in Nigeria S·esterday celeb rated the count ry's 215t anniversar), of sovereignty d« laration. June 12 is celebrated as the Day of Russia and seen as a nalional holiday, being the dOl)' thc Soviet leadership Signed the Declara· tion on State Sove reignty of Russia. Russi an ambassador to Nigeria Mr Alexander D. Polruovno ted that even if twent), one is a wonderful age, especially for Ihe country with more th an a millennial history, "Today Russia looks exactl)'as the 21 )·ea r o ld younger who de monstrates Jyna. mism, but has a centu ries-old experience un der its bel t which helps loavoid m istakes o f the youth." H e said last No\'ember's visit of the Rus· sian Foreign Minister, Me Serge), Lavrov, marked a milestone ofhalf-a.ccntury jubi· lee of the diplomatic re lations between his count ry and Nigeria. " Even when th e bilateral trade and investments beh,·een the two countries arc rar from their capacities and desires, what is most impo rtant is ollr mutual strive to bring ou r bilateral lies to a higher le\"C1 which our leaders assured each other of in theire){change of messages on theoccuion ofPn:sident Goodluck inauguration as thc Preside n t orNigeria ,~ he said. While recalling the inaugur.ltion experi . ence, he said they are still unde r its bright impression which di5pla)·ed high interna· tioMI authority of the country on the con· tinent as wcll as in the whole world al large.

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By MaIlfWl OnodJft! ABOUT 59 companies have applied to produce and sup· ply kit items for the 20 11 Bald I 'S' corps m embers of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Kit items to be supplied art' Khaki, Jungle Boots. Canvass, Cresttd vest, Plain vest. CaP, Belt, Official vest, Socks and P.E. shorn. This was made known during the opening of tenders which was performed by the secretary of the te n· ders' board, Mal. Ahmed Ibka over the weekend at the scheme's headquarters. Rt:p resented by the Di rr~c· tor Planning, Research and Statistics.. ro.·licheal Ejoh, the Di redor·General of the scheme. Brigad ier·General Mallarazu Tsiga told theron· tractors th at the scheme \\i11 not eom promise stan dards on thequalityofthe products to be supplied hence Mthe best from all the competitors will eventually e m erge winner of the }obs." He also warned that a n)' cont ractor th at fails to m m the set st.andard~ of the schem ewill have th eir goods rejected and such contrac· tors will be blacklisted. He appealed to cont r.lctors wh o would not get the job to acCt'p1 it in the spirit of spo rtsmanship as there must be a winner and loser, urging !llml to restrategise for another day. EjoII said the mmagc:mmt will ddiberate on the tmdm submitted and communicate 10 the succtsSful contractors.

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DAILY TRUST, 13 JUNE, 2011