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AATF partners PyroGenesys to generate electricity from agricultural waste



AATF partners PyroGenesys to generate electricity from agricultural waste

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) on Wednesday said it was partnering with an agriculture company, PyroGenesys, to use advanced thermal technology to generate power from agricultural waste.

Ms Nancy Muchiri, the Communications and Partnerships Unit of the AATF disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Muchiri said: “AATF is was an organisation which supports transformative agriculture development for wealth creation for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).’’

She said the foundation also supports cassava productivity, especially management of post-harvest losses.

“PyroGenesys is a PyroPower that turns agricultural waste materials into renewable heat and electricity using an advanced thermal technology called pyrolysis, meaning no more fossil fuels.’’

According to the AATF spokesperson, severe challenges associated with electricity generation in SSA may soon be a thing of the past following the formation of a consortium to use agricultural waste to generate electricity for the people.

She said that the consortium that had perfected the use of agriculture waste such as cassava peel to generate electricity was led by PyroGenesys and the University of Leicester, AATF, Mobinet, Babban Gona Farmer Services, ICMEA-UK and Koolmill Systems were on board.

Mr George Marechera, the Managing Director of Agridrive , a subsidiary of AATF said that the foundation was participating in the initiative to ensure increased income for farmers that were growing cassava and to contribute to energy source for smallholders.

“There has been a lot of attention on production and use of clean energy and this initiative offers opportunity for AATF to contribute to that realisation through its social enterprise, Agridrive.

“Nearly two-thirds of the world population that does not have access to electricity live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“These communities can use solar power, but it is expensive for them and many people cannot afford a solar home kit.”

Marechera noted that a number of African countries such as Nigeria were currently facing an acute power challenge with the state-supported power generating facilities producing less than 4000mw electricity for the 200 million people.

He said yet the country had a comparative advantage as the largest cassava producer in the world.

“The consortium is developing low-cost, environmentally friendly technology to transform the way off-grid communities in Nigeria receive electricity through its innovative PyroPower technology.’’

“The project that involves use of cassava peels is already being implemented in Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Edo and Delta states of Nigeria with plans for expansion into other states and countries in Africa,” he said.

He said that the innovation would reduce post-harvest losses in cassava and generate additional income for cassava farmers, who would now sell cassava waste and get income.

“A feasibility study carried out from June 2019 to June 2020 shows that cassava peels has the highest energy potential if use was based on the cassava mechanisation and agroprocessing work that AATF is currently implementing in Nigeria.

“Once it is commercialised, the initiative will benefit over 1.5 million cassava farmers through increased income from sale of cassava peels.

“ This work will also benefit more than four million households who will access clean and affordable energy,”  Marechera said.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Edo 2020: Obaseki assures Akoko Edo traditional rulers of better days ahead



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has assured the people of the state that he will not disappoint them if re-elected, as he has laid the foundation for greater development in the state.

Obaseki made the pledge at the palace of Otaru of Igarra, Oba Emmanuel Saiki, where he solicited the royal father’s blessings and support for his re-election at the Sept. 19 gubernatorial election in the state.

“I am seeking for a re-election because we have started a revolution of development in the last four years to make governance relevant to Edo people.

“We pay civil servants and pensioners on time; we have trained our teachers to be digital and now our children are learning well.

“We have improved on infrastructure in Igarra land and we will do more.

“At this period of COVID-19 pandemic, the people need a leader with focus who is concerned about the lives of the people of the state.

“Agriculture must be improved on and taken seriously as farming should be a priority because money from Abuja has been cut down.

“What you have seen in the last four years is small, compared to the great things that will follow in my second term. We have the experience that they don’t have.

“Our radical reforms have given us a solid foundation to build on. We will tackle security challenges in the state as we will finance the vigilance groups as they are well organised,” he said.

In his remarks, Oba Saiki, prayed God to continue to guide tne governor in all his ways and urged him to continue to advise youths to shun political thuggery.

Contributing, the Chairman of Akoko Edo Traditional Council, Oba Patrick Okara, lauded Obaseki for his prompt response to COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Okara further commended him for the rehabilitation of roads in Akoko-Edo, adding that there were more roads begging for attention across the region.

“We have been feeling the impact of your government, but we want to feel it more. We demand for any institution of higher learning in the oldest local government in Nigeria, Akoko-Edo,’’ he said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ejike Obeta (NAN)


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Okowa felicitates with Ibori at 62



Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated a former Governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, on the occasion of his 62th birthday day anniversary on Aug. 4.

Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba eulogised Ibori for his path-finding and immense contributions to the development of Delta and outstanding input to nation-building.

While felicitating with his boss, whom he served as two-term commissioner, Okowa said that Ibori’s deep knowledge of politics and his administrative acumen put him ahead of his contemporaries, and stood him out as a worthy and legendary leader of all time.

He commended Ibori for championing and his doggedness in the fight for resource control struggle.

Okowas said that the result of the resource contro struggle was the establishment of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Federal Government as an interventionist agency for the development of oil producing communities.

“My distinguished leader, I can recall clearly that you and other great leaders fought very hard for the oil -producing states of the Niger Delta to enjoy 13 per cent derivation of the nation’s oil resources.

“As a champion of Resource Control and Fiscal Federalism, you were among the true patriots who struggled for the establishment of a regional interventionist agency to address the issues of development and environmental degradation of the oil-rich Niger Delta, which gave birth to the NDDC.

“As a respected voice in Nigeria’s democratic experience, we were not surprised when your colleagues in the forum of former governors named you as “Patron” of the group in an obvious recognition of your political sagacity and amiable disposition to the unity of the country.

“As the father of modern Delta, let me commend you for the visionary and inclusive leadership that you epitomised in the eight years of laying the foundation of the desired modern Delta laced with building bridges of unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the state.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I rejoice with your family members, friends, political and business associates on this occasion of your 62nd birth anniversary.

“It is my prayer that your best years are yet to come even as God Almighty grants you long life, good health and wisdom to keep navigating Nigeria’s political and business landscapes fruitfully,” Okowa said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)



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Edo 2020: Edo Deputy Speaker, other members pledge support for Ize-Iyamu



Deputy Speaker, Edo House of Assembly (EDHA), Yekini Idiaye, from Akoko Edo Constituency 1, has pledged his support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Similarly, Emmanuel Agbage (Akoko-Edo Constituency 2); Nosayaba Okunbor (Orhionmwon East Constituency); Dumez Ugiagbe, member-elect (Ovia North East Constituency 1); and Mr Vincent Uwadiae, member-elect (Ovia North East Constituency 2) also pledged their support for the Edo APC candidate.

Speaking during a solidarity visit to Ize-Iyamu in Benin on Monday, the members of EDHA said they would not defect from APC to another party and had endorsed Ize-Iyamu as their governorship candidate.

The deputy speaker said he was elected under the APC platform and was ready to work for the party to emerge victorious in the governorship election.

“There is no reason for me to defect to another party because there is no single project in my village to show under this present administration.

“I am from Shomorika in Akoko Edo Local Government Area (LGA) and my village is the most backward in Akoko Edo,” he said.

Agbaje added that the APC in Edo had seen a wasted four years under the Gov. Godwin Obaseki-led administration and was ready to go to the next level with Pastor Ize-Iyamu.

“There are clear reasons why we are standing for our party, because what would have been our problem in making progress has left us.

“I want to assure Edo people that with the emergence of Ize-Iyamu, Edo will move forward,” he said.

In his remark, Ize-Iyamu said that the Obaseki-led administration had divided the state by depriving the elected members of the EDHA of representing their constituencies.

“Over a year, 14 members have not been allowed to occupy their seats and over half of the state have been deprived of fair representation.

“The deputy speaker of the house has come to show courage and integrity that he can no longer support Gov. Obaseki.

“He made it clear that he was appointed under APC and will remain in APC.

“In a house of 24 members, 17 are no longer supporting Gov. Obaseki; meaning the house has fallen apart,” Ize-Iyamu said.

He gave an assurance of harnessing the tourism potential in Shomorika via his Simple Agenda manifesto when elected as Edo governor.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Al-Hikmah Varsity to understudy Unilorin, says V-C



Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, says it will understudy University of Ilorin and emulate its success stories.


Prof. Noah Yusuf, the Vice-Chancellor {V-C} of Al-Hikmah University said this on Monday when he led his management team on a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of  Unilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem.



Yusuf also described Unilorin as one of the foremost Nigeria universities whose achievements were worthy of emulation.


Yusuf,recently appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, said that Al-Hikmah would also improve on the gains it would acquire by understudying Unilorin in the nearest future.


He described Unilorin as a mother to Al-Hikmah University.


“My visit is to understudy Unilorin so that it will  help my administration as well as learn from the wealth of experience and successes of Unilorin and even improve on it where possible,” he said.

The V-C also led his management team on a visit to the Technical Entrepreneurial Centre of Unilorin.


He said that the visit had challenged Al-Hikmah University to take advantage of its vantage location of being in the heart of Ilorin to engage in commercially-viable businesses in the university and its environs.


“We have customers outside our campus. We are here to see what we can copy and improve upon to help the revenue generation of our institution and improve our academic infrastructure,” he said.


Yusuf commended the Unilorin Vice-Chancellor for his support and fatherly role.

“Al-Hikma would continue to visit Unilorin for quality counsel from time to time,” he said.


In his address of welcome, Prof. Sulyman  Abdulkareem, congratulated Prof. Yusuf on his appointment as Al-Hikmah Vice-Chancellor and wished him a successful tenure.


Abdulkareem advised the new Al-Hikmah V-C to ensure that his did nothing that would tarnish his reputation while in office.


“Everything you embark on must be within the regulation and resources available.


“Seek ventures that will yield profits and advise your investors where to put their money.

“You are to advise the management properly. You are lucky to be leading an institution where the people can be mobilised to get things done,” he said.


Abdulkareem also urged Yusuf to sustain the good name of Al-Hikmah University.


Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Peter Dada (NAN)

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