Farmers who suffered losses to the 2018 flood disaster in Anambra have commended the Federal Government for supporting them with agricultural inputs.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that NEMA’s inspection is follow up to its earlier distribution of seedlings, agro-chemicals and sprayers worth millions of Naira to the farmers.
A vegetable and cassava farmer, Mr Lawrence Udemezue, from Enugwu-Aguleri, while expressing delight over the assistance, urged the Federal Government to sustain the gesture.
“If the Federal Government had been supporting farmers since the 2012 flood, everybody would have grown as big as I am today.
“This year’s support really helped many farmers here. We applied the chemicals provided to us; as you can see no insect infestation.
“Look at how green my bitter leaf farm is. See the cassava you gave us, the variety is good judging from the tuber it is already producing,” Udemezue said.
Another beneficiary at Enugwu-Aguleri, Mr Ignatius Nwabunwanne, who cultivates yam and cassava, said the Federal Government’s assistance had helped to wipe his tears from the loss of last year’s flood.
“I got yam seedlings from NEMA and planted them in three places. I also planted the cassava stems given to me across the Emu River.
“All the seedlings given to us are of good quality from what we see,” Nwabunwanne said.
He appealed for more yam and cassava seedlings ahead of next year’s farming season to enable him grow more crops.
Also, Mrs Ifeoma Uba, who the delegation met, spraying agro-chemicals on her cassava and yam farm, however, appealed to the Federal Government to redeem its pledge of fertilisers.
Uba, who noted that she applied various seedlings and agro-chemicals on five farmlands in different locations, said she was hopeful of a bumper harvest.
Receiving some agro-chemicals at Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area, Mr Chukwudum Ukodei, the Chairman of Rice Farmers Association in the area, said the gesture would help to avoid food scarcity next year.
Mrs Ogechukwu Ndukaihe, a mother of four and recipient of the agro-chemicals, noted that increased yield from her cassava and yam farms would help her in the feeding and payment of school fees of her children.
Mrs Bolanle Ojo, NEMA’s Supervisor, who led the Distribution Project delegation, said over 5,000 farmers benefited from the distribution gesture whose farmlands span over 7,000 hectares.
According to her, we have been in the state for this distribution project since April.
“First of all, we verified them to ensure that they were actual farmers affected by the flood in the area.
“After registration, we gave them seedlings to help them to recover from their farming business so that there will not be food shortage in the country.
“We also provided them with herbicides and later pesticides to clear the weed and to ensure good yields.
“The only thing we are waiting for to complete the distribution exercise are fertilisers which are expected to arrive the state soon,” the supervisor said.
She noted that Thursday’s inspection was the second time officials of the agency were inspecting farmlands after distribution of seedlings and agro-chemicals.
Ojo expressed satisfaction with the level of result achieved by the farmers following the Federal Government’s intervention.
“We are happy with them because they made good use of the inputs given to them,” the supervisor said.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)
Anambra govt. empowers teachers with farm inputs for school farming
Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, the Commissioner for Agriculture in Anambra says the ministry has extended its farm inputs distribution to schools across the state for the 2020 farming season.
Onukwuba made this known on Thursday while presenting the farm inputs to some teachers in Awka.
He said that most public primary and secondary schools in the state have large expanse of land, which could be used for cropping activities and urged the teachers to maximise the policy.
“We want to chase away hunger and unemployment in our state; we must join hands with the governor to promote agriculture,” he said.
He said that the inputs support given to the schools would achieve maximum yield and tasked the teachers to make efforts to achieve the government’s goal of encouraging young farmers in the state.
Onukwuba charged the teachers to apply the inputs using best agricultural practices to achieve the objective which the school farming was initiated.
He said that the ministry had presented pumpkin, okro and maize seedlings, sweet potatoes, lime, cassava stems and organic fertiliser to various schools.
Mrs Ifenyinwa Uzoka, the Director of Extension Services in the ministry, who briefed the teachers on the best agricultural practices, said an agro company, “Harvest plus” provided some of the seedlings to the ministry to support government’s call for “Go back to Agriculture” initiative.
Mr Joevita Arazu, the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka, who spoke on behalf of other teachers reassured of their support to government policies.
Arazu said that they would do their best to key into the new policy of subsistence farming for school children.
He commended the government and ministry of agriculture for their support to schools in the state and promised to utilise the inputs properly.
Accident claims life of shuttle bus driver in Anambra
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, on Friday confirmed the death of a shuttle bus driver at Upper-Iweka in Onitsha.
Kumapayi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka that the driver of the bus died as a result of an accident involving his vehicle, a Prado jeep and two other shuttle buses.
The commander said that the accident which occurred at about 9 a.m. was caused by brake failure.
“A total of four male adults were involved in the crash.
“Two sustained some degree of injuries while one of the shuttle bus drivers was confirmed dead by the doctors at St. John Hospital and Maternity, Onitsha, where they were rushed to by the FRSC rescue team.
“His corpse had been deposited at a morgue while the driver of the Jeep had been handed over to the police for further investigation, “he said.
He said that an FRSC heavy duty tow truck was brought in to tow the vehicle off the bridge after the fire had been successfully extinguished.
According to him, two male adults were involved, but no injury and no death were recorded.
Kumapayi said that clearing of obstruction was ongoing at the scene of the crash to ensure free flow of traffic.
He urged motorists to always ensure that they checked and service their vehicles regularly, paying particular attention to the brakes and the electrical systems.
Anambra FA rolls out programmes for state, LFC elections
The Anambra State Football Association (AnSFA) has published the programme of activities for the State Board and Local Government Football Council (LFC) elections.
It cited COVID-19 lockdown as the reason for their inability to conduct the elections as they should have done.
It then invited interested persons to obtain the form at the secretariat.
The notice was jointly signed by Jude Anyadufu and Chijioke Onyedika, Chairman and Secretary of the electoral committee respectively.
“Interested persons are informed to obtain nomination forms and guideline from the committee secretary at the AnSFA office at No.1 Ozoagu Square, Aromma Junction, Awka.
“Sale and return of forms from candidates close on June 24.
Woman dies in Anambra road accident
A crash at Egbebele, along Abatete-Oraukwu road, in Orumba North, Anambra, has left one person dead and two others injured.
Kumapayi said the accident, which occurred at about 3:04p.m., could be attributed to the driver losing control of the vehicle due to excessive speed.
“The driver lost control of the vehicle due to overspeeding and crashed into the bush.
“The victims were rushed to Iyi-Enu Hospital, where the female victim was confirmed dead and the corpse deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.
“Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and NIgeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were instrumental in the rescue operation,” he said.
“The crash was caused by loss of control, with one person sustaining serious injury, while three others sustained minor injuries.
While condoling with the family of the dead, the sector commander warned motorists against speed limit violation.
Anambra poll: Aspirant urges PDP to reconsider zoning of ticket
Ozigbo, a former Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, stated this during an online news conference on Thursday in Awka.
He said the yearnings of the people of the state was that the Anambra South Senatorial District should produce the next governor of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the party leadership had said at an expanded South-East Zonal Executive Committee meeting in March that it was not considering zoning of the governorship ticket to any of the three senatorial zones of the state, “at least for now’’.
The National Vice Chairman of the PDP for South East, Chief Austin Umahi, had made the declaration, shortly after the meeting in Enugu.
The meeting was attended by governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, David Umahi of Ebonyi and the Deputy Governor of Abia, Senators Ike Ekweremadu and Sam Anayanwu and other current and past National Assembly members.
The governorship election will hold in November 2021.
“If the proper things are done and the race zoned to Anambra South Senatorial District, I will win the party primary and become the next governor of the state by the grace of God,’’ he said.
He, however, said that in spite of his party refusal to zone the race, he would still contest and win.
He said he was not afraid to contest against any candidate, including the ex-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
“If my party gives me the governorship ticket and Soludo emerges in APGA or any other party, I will floor him.
“What Soludo has, I have more.
“It’s Soludo that will be bothering on how to beat me in the contest because I have the wherewithal and connection to contest and win the election.’’
Expressing confidence that he would emerge the consensus candidate of the PDP, Ozigbo said he had the goodwill of the majority of the party’s leaders in the state.
“I don’t have a godfather; God is my godfather but I have the goodwill of the leaders of our party.
“Some have linked me with Mr Peter Obi, Chief Chris Uba, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu and a host of others.
“That shows I’m popular across the board,’’ Ozigbo said.
CLO urges FG to tackle erosion in Anambra
Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, the CLO Chairman in Anambra made the call on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu.
He said it would be fruitful for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to declare emergency on erosion in the state.
“Most erosion impacted sites in Anambra are expanding and deepening, the situation is worsening, especially with the rains,” he said.
The CLO chairman further urged the president to create a special funding arrangement to fight erosion in the state to save the people from serious environmental hazards.
He said a ministerial assessment visit to the state would enable the Federal Government to understand the plight of the people.
“The situation is pathetic, I urge the minister of environment to visit the state for an assessment of the situation,” he said.
He further commended the Buhari-led government for the level of work on the Onitsha/Enugu dual carriageway and the second Niger bridge projects.
Anambra has 8 active COVID-19 cases – Obiano
The governor also said 69 persons were on home isolation while two others were at the state’s quarantine facility.
“We are ramping up our testing capacity to ensure that we slow down the spread of this pandemic in our dear state.
Obiano urged traders and religious leaders not to relax in ensuring that their members continued to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols while noting that it had been observed that most of them had jettisoned the safety measures.
“I want to warn that we may consider shutting down the markets if this trend is not halted with immediate effect, I have also received similar reports from churches and other religious groups in the state, most of whom have discarded wearing of face masks.
“This approach will minimise the chances of patients spreading the virus through multiple contacts.
“All members of the Nigerian Medical Association practicing in Anambra are expected to inform the Ministry of Health once they collect samples of suspected COVID-19 patients for testing.
“A situation where some members collect samples and send to testing centers on their own is no longer allowed,” he said.
Police nab 4 suspected motorcycle thieves in Anambra
The Police Command in Anambra on Monday, said it arrested four suspected hoodlums, who specialise in snatching motorcycles in the state.
The Police spokesman, Mr Haruna Mohammed, said in Awka that the suspects were arrested in a bush at Nri in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state.
Mohammed said the suspects were arrested following an alleged robbery and injury inflicted on one Nnamdi Ebegbe.
He listed the suspects as Francis Ezeibekwe, 22; Ndubuisi Kaliaozor, 20; Ugoji Chibuzor, 19 and Elochukwu Anyaoke, 29.
“The suspects specialise in snatching motorcycles along Nri-Neni axis.
“The suspects were arrested in their hideout inside the bush at Nri by Neni after allegedly robbing one Nnamdi Ebegbe of his Top Star motorcycle with registration number NSK 426 QJ,” he said in a statement.
Mohammed said the hoodlums also snatched a phone and an unspecified amount of money from the victim after chopping part of his right ear with a knife.
The police spokesman said one cutlass, the motorcycle and a phone belonging to the victim were recovered from the suspects.
According to him, the case is under investigation after which the suspects will be charged to court.
He reiterated the warning by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, that motorcycle and tricycle operators should be wary of activities of such syndicates, so as not to fall victim.
Autocrash: Commercial motorcyclist dies in Anambra
The Anambra State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Andrew Kumapayi, on Monday, confirmed the death of a commercial motorcyclist at Enugu-Ugwu, along Awka-Onitsha old road.
Kumapayi, who confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka, said the motorcyclist was hit by a Toyota Camry car.
The commander said the accident, which occurred at about 9.32 a.m. was caused by speeding and distraction.
“A total of three adult males were involved in the crash; the driver of the Camry, the motorcyclist, who lost his life and a passenger, who sustained some degree of injury.
“The motorcyclist, who was identified as Okafor Chibuzor, 26, was confirmed dead by doctors at Zion Hospital, where they were rushed to by some good Samaritans before the arrival of the FRSC rescue team.
“His corpse has been deposited at the hospital morgue while the driver of the Toyota Camry has been handed over to the police for further investigation,” he said.
Kumapayi said that the clearing of obstruction was going on at the scene of the crash to ensure free flow of traffic.
He warned motorists against driving above recommended speed limit and urged them to drive with maximum concentration devoid of any form of distraction.
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