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Eid-el-Kabir: Kogi Speaker urges prayers for Nigeria’s prosperity

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Eid-el-Kabir: Kogi Speaker urges prayers for Nigeria’s prosperity

The Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, has called on Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to reinforce their obedience to God and pray for prosperity of the nation.


Kolawole made the call in his Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Femi Olugbemi and made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday.

He described Eid-el-Kabir as an important occasion for the Muslim faithful.

He urged them to also remember the sacrifices Prophet Ibrahim made in obedience to the will of Allah culminating in the Eid-al-Adha.

The legislator enjoined Nigerians, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to imbibe the virtues of sacrifice to build the “Nation of our dream”.

The speaker urged Muslims to use the period to pray for the peace and development of Kogi and the country at large, especially to overcome the scourge of COVID-19 ravaging the globe.

He called on well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to reach out to the less privileged in the society, especially Muslim brothers and sisters who might not have enough resources to celebrate appropriately.

Kolawole urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols and rules of keeping social distance of at least two metres apart.

He also urged them to observe regular washing of hand with soap and sanitising of hands; promotion of personal hygiene and wearing of masks; to mitigate further spread of the coronavirus.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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AFAN, OFAB, NABDA advocate use of biotechnology to scale up food production

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Following the impact of COVID-19 and banditry activities in the country, some stakeholders in the agriculture sector and scientists have advocated the use of biotechnology to be deployed to scale up food production in the country.


Some of the stakeholders made it known during a webinar session tagged: “Media Summit on Status of Agricultural Biotechnology Research in Nigeria”, in a statement by the organisers – National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

The National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr Kabir Ibrahim said it was imperative to explore the option of the use of innovation to upscale food production to bring about food sufficiency to avert hunger due to the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He, however, emphasised on the need to sensitise smallholder farmers to embrace technological advancement to avert hunger caused by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying to achieve food security modern technologies such as biotechnology must be used.

“Already, a lot of work has been going on to commercialise cowpea, maize, cassava, rice, sorghum as well as cotton and the farmers are seeing good results so it is, therefore, easy to get them to embrace biotechnology,” he said.

The Country Coordinator, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), Dr Rose Gidado said the application of efforts would encourage stakeholders to participate in the science-based decision.

She said that this move was crucial and necessary for the acceptance and adoption of innovative technology.

Gidado said the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of zero hunger by 2030 was fundamental for national development and well being of Nigeria, adding that the facilitation of adequate understanding of the several ways Nigeria to achieve the goal “is very fundamental”.

She said that with the current population of over 200 million people and projected population of 400 million people by 2050, an outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria is faced with the risk of the decreased farming population due to age, decreased arable land, poverty, malnutrition and hunger.

She said that agricultural biotechnology was the solution to Nigeria’s food security. She also said the conventional method of agriculture could no longer meet up with the country’s demand.

“With the current state of agriculture in Nigeria, it has become paramount to also adopt this technology to improve our productivity and revive our industries.”

“The time is now, let us sensitise people on the potential of this innovation to aid decision making and adoption in Nigeria.”

The Acting Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa harped on the importance of biotechnology application for the benefits of man, especially in the areas of health, agriculture and environment.

“Biotechnology has other applications; in agriculture, it is massive and that is where most postCOVID-19 is coming, you find out that here in NABDA, using Biotechnology we have started impacting massively in the area of agriculture.

“For instance, in our yam multiplication programme, last year, we were able to produce one million yam seedlings and this year, we are targeting five million yam seedlings, all these things are feasible because of biotechnology,” he said.

The NABDA DG said the agency had been involved in using biotechnology to advance health activities, especially in the era of COVID-19 pandemic..

Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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WAEC: KDSG directs schools to open Aug. 10

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The Kaduna State Government has directed secondary schools to open from Aug. 10 to enable SSS 3 students write their Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).


The state Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, said in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, that the directive was in compliance with the Federal Ministry of Education resolution for schools to open on Aug. 4.

This, according to Makarfi, is to enable final year students to write their West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and other certificate examinations.

“Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i has approved Monday, Aug.10 as the resumption date for the SSS 3 students that are expected to begin their WAEC examination slated for Aug. 17.

“Therefore, the Ministry of Education is directing all school principals to arrange to receive SSS 3 boarding students on Aug. 9 and day students on Aug. 10.

“All administrators of public and private schools are to note that the one-week period commencing from today is to allow for necessary preparations and arrangements to meet COVID-19 guidelines for the opening of schools.

“Principals are to ensure compliance to agreed guidelines, which include reduced hours of work/revision to four hours per shift, social distancing in classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels,’’ he said.

He added that there should also be consistency in temperature monitoring and handing over of any suspected case of COVID-19 to health authorities.

He warned that no school should open before Aug. 10, except for boarding schools, where students are expected to arrive on Aug. 9.

The commissioner further directed private secondary schools in the state to report their readiness to open to the schools’ Quality Assurance Authority.

He said that private schools should report, using the appropriate checklist and obtain a written ‘no objection to open’, on clean bill of health.

He also asked that head of higher institutions and principals of secondary schools should report to the relevant department in the ministry.

He called on parents to ensure proper arrangement for safe transportation of their children to and from schools.

“To make the environment safe and conducive for academic activity, the government is doing everything possible to decontaminate and disinfect public schools, including higher institutions and provide hand washing facilities.

“We will also arrange for temperature monitoring of both staff and students, provision of face masks to staff and students, as well as hand sanitisers.

“However, parents are advised to equip their children with extra face masks and small 100ml hand sanitisers for use during their transportation to and from schools,’’ he added.

Makarfi said that appropriate dates for other examinations would be announced in due course, including school opening for the rest of the classes including SSS1, SSS2, JSS 1 to 3 and primary schools.

He encouraged schools to continue the e-learning programme using Google class, Zoom, radio and television and other online platforms until normalcy returned.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Group trains agric officers on practices of organic agriculture

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The Ibadan GO Organic Multipurpose Cooperative Society, in collaboration with Nigeria Go Organic Project  is training agricultural officers,  extension officers, producers,  among others on the principles and practice and entrepreneurship in organic agriculture.


Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, the Country Coordinator of Ecological Organic Agriculture in Nigeria, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.

AdeOluwa said the training mode consisted of the first phase, July 20 to July 31, a -two week intensive virtual class work with field trip, while the second phase was four months practical work.

He said the training firs phase of the training emphasised on livestock, while the second phase would last for four months, August to November.

According to him, the virtual training is also meant to improve profitable organic agriculture business drive.

“It is also intended to boost production capacity of organic agricultural producers, handlers and middlemen toward domestic and export market,’’ he said.

The training tagged: Training of Trainers(ToT), AdeOluwa said that the goal of the training was to train participants on the principles and practices of organic agriculture in an entrepreneurial way to enable them to train others.

“At the end of the training, participants are expected to have a good understanding of organic agriculture and the concept.

“They should be able to know how to run successful organic agriculture enterprises,’’ he said.

The EOA Coordinator was positive that trainees should be able to provide basic extension assistance to other practitioners within the value chain of organic agriculture.

AdeOluwa said the the training was important due to the increasing global market for economic development.

“The training is due to the misconceptions surrounding organic agriculture, emerging global health challenges, global change issues, and opportunity for diversification of income, among others.”

According to him, knowledge is the fulcrum of sustainable development.

“The exponential development of the global organic agriculture sector is based on adequate knowledge of the organic sector by practitioners.”

Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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

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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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