A Professor of Rural Sociology, Kolawole Adebayo, says Nigeria will benefit from the recent border closure if it evolved strategies to improve local production and become more competitive.
He said this on Tuesday at the maiden Biennal Conference of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology (OYSCATECH) in Igboora.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Adebayo, the keynote speaker at the conference, is also the Team Leader, International and Rural Development at Livelihoods Support and Development Centre.
Adebayo said that the recent border closure was a short term solution to a long term problem, adding that such effort would only prevent neighbouring nations from flooding Nigeria market with agricultural products in a short term.
“Border closure is a short term solution to a long term problem. It means that in the short run our neighbours will not be able to flood our market with agricultural products.
“But it is not a long term solution because we can’t close the border forever. When you close the border, what are we doing locally so that by the time we open the border you become more competitive.
“And one of the ways to become more competitive is to reduce the cost of production locally. So, if the food we produce locally are cheaper than the food that are being smuggled in, people will naturally gravitate towards our own local food.
“But if the smuggled food is cheaper, it is a law of economics, people tend to buy something that makes economic sense to them,” he said.
He stressed the need for the country to work on its human development, people, their mindset and value system, a lot of which he said might have been lost.
Adebayo lamented the rate at which everyone thinks of what they would get from the nation and not how they could contribute to national development.
“And I think it comes from our school system. The kind of value we teach our children. I will like to see a country where the richest among us are the most productive,” he said.
He said that the challenges of food security are multidimensional, bordering on production, supporting infrastructure and human.
Prof. Gbemiga Adewale, the former Rector of the institution and special guest, appreciated Gov. Seyi Makinde on the rehabilitation of the old farm settlements in the state to become farm estates.
“The advantages of the farm estates will solve a lot of problem that has to do with employment of the youth. It will also solve the problem of food security, food sufficiency and will be able to provide raw materials for agro allied industries.
“And on the part of the state, it will also assist to raise or increase GDP of the state as well as IGR for the state, so that they depend less on monthly federal allocation for smooth running of the administration,” he said.
Prof. Abiodun Ayodele, the Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Ibadan, said for the nation to attain food sufficiency, it must be ready to solve the conflicts in various parts of the country.
He said that the nation must take cognizance of causes of natural disasters such as desertification and flooding, saying such could be achieved through good and conscious sustainable agricultural systems.
Ayodele stressed that there must be more focus on improved livestock production to enhance quality in terms of protein intake towards foods sufficiency.
Mr Isiaka Adekunle, the acting Rector of the institution, said the conference was aimed at providing a platform to improve teaching horizon, interact, exchange ideas and learn new innovations.
He said that for any academic staff of the institution to get promoted attendance at conferences was germane, adding failure to meet such would make them remain stagnant.
Adekunle said that the conference was also an opportunity to showcase what they have in different disciplines across the faculties of the institution.
NAN reports that other stakeholders at the conference in their various remarks commended
Dr Taiwo Akinyemi, the Director, OYSCATECH Global Consult for the initiative.
The three-day event also featured exhibition of several agricultural products of the institution.(NAN)
Edited by Wale Ojetimi
NiDCOM a major economic asset to Nigeria, says House Committee chair
Hon. Tolulope Akande-Shadipe, Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs has described the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) as an economic asset to the country.
She disclosed this at the first meeting held between the committee and NiDCOM Management at the State House in Abuja on Friday.
“Diaspora commission is extremely important to Nigeria; we have millions of Nigerians spread across the world.
“We need to begin to harness that asset because it’s a major asset to our nation and if not harnessed, it will be lost forever.
“So it’s imperative that the nation as a whole, respects the impact that diasporas can have on the progress of the nation economically, exchange of know-how and progress in all aspects and spheres of the country’s existence,’’ she said.
She described the mandate as a priority, saying that if the commission was able to achieve that mandate, it would mean a lot to Nigeria.
“The remittances that are being reported do not justify the amount of remittances actually coming into the country.
“If we collaborate better with our fellow Nigerians in the diaspora, there’s no doubt that we’ll be able to document such remittances better.
“We have Nigerians in the diaspora who want to have opportunity to own homes and assets in their homeland, and with a commission like NiDCOM which is a platform for better collaboration that will be useful to them.
“Because a lot of people abroad want to build houses at home, they send money to relatives and these houses never materialised, and a lot of other lost ventures in that line, but with the commission, we can begin to partner for housing projects.
“Hopefully, before the end of this year, all accommodation issue for the commission will be resolved, because I can imagine working in an environment without enough office space.
“Not enough desks and you have people hanging around not being able to be productive, it must be very disheartening for the commission, we pray and we will work toward ensuring that is it resolved,’’ she said.
Responding, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, hairman of NiDCOM, said that achieving set goals could be challenging.
She said that the commission would work with parliament to harness the great potentialities of the diaspora.
Dabiri-Erewa solicited the support of the committee to enable the commission grow by working on the 2021 budget.
According to her, once that is done, the commission will be able to achieve its set mandate.
“We appreciate the diligence of the chairman and members of the committee for the 2020 budget.
“Although we got eight million for re-current expenditure, we are not discouraged because it’s a new commission.
“In fact we are determined to be a revenue generating agency, and we are determined that at the end of the day, we will be able to show that there are a lot of things we can do because we are talking about human capital development.
“So we are hoping that it will rectify the policy.
“We have been on it for three years and we are working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and when that policy is rectified, we will have a holistic policy that will guide all Diaspora engagements.
“Also we have a programme with the Federal Mortgage Bank where Nigerians in the Diaspora can be abroad and still be able to buy homes wherever they are in the world.
“The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory is allocating a space for the Diaspora Medical City, so that those in the diaspora can have a place where they can access a medical centre of excellence,’’ she said.
FG to enhance legal framework for Nigeria’s digital identity – Malami
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, says the Federal Government is committed to reviewing the legal and regulatory framework to accelerate the implementation of Nigeria’s digital identity for development.
Dr Umar Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, Malami said this after attending the inaugural meeting of the Project Ecosystem Steering Committee (PESC) of the Nigeria Digital Identity Development Project System chaired by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Malami said the Committee has the responsibility of reviewing the legal and regulatory framework for digital identity development and implementation of the Strategic Roadmap.
“It will also utilise foundational identity to access services, determining the location of the Ecosystem Strategic Unit as well as receive reports on the implementation through the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission, and provide necessary guidance and approval thereof’’.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the Committee include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha as the chairman and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Others are Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Hajiya Zainab Ahmed Shamsuna; Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu; Minister of Interior, Ra’uf Aregbesola; Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire and Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isah Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
Other Members of the Committee are the Director General, National Orientation Agency, and the Director General of the National Identity Management Commission, who serves as the Secretary to the Committee.
Malami said the Committee was established to provide policy, institutional and operational guidance in the process of implementing the Federal Executive Council-approved Strategic Roadmap for accelerating digital identity development for Nigeria.
Mr Boss Mustapha in his address charged Members of the committee on the need to considerably reduce the number of challenges faced in identifying and locating poor and vulnerable Nigerians in the distribution of palliatives to cushion the effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“This Committee is to ensure that the Federal Government leverages the existing ecosystem of Government Agencies, States and trusted private sector partners to carry out nationwide enrolment through a viable partnership strategy with an effective public awareness campaign,” he said.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Profit taking: Nigeria stock market down N155bn
Also, the All-Share Index which opened at 25,312.05 shed 295.75 points or 1.17 per cent to close at 25,016.30.
The volume of shares traded dipped by 20.62 per cent as investors bought and sold 214.49 million shares valued at N2.51 billion in 4,342 deals.
Nigeria will miss late Olumilua’s wealth of experience – Ekiti Rep
Rep. Femi Bamisile, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), says Nigeria will miss the wealth of experience of the former governor of old Ondo State, late Bamidele Olumilua.
Bamisile, in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Friday, described the death of the elder statesman as a ‘colossal loss’ to the society.
The lawmaker also described Olumilua as one of the stabilising factors of the APC Elders’ Forum in Ekiti with an unbiased judgmental tendency.
He, however, charged the immediate family to take solace in God and advised them to protect the legacy, especially the good name left behind by the octogenarian.
Switzerland pledges support in protection of vulnerables, girls in Nigeria
The Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria, Mr George Steiner, has pledged to support the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to strengthen its role in the protection of women, girls and the most vulnerable, especially in the North-East.
Steiner made this known on Friday when he paid a courtesy visit to Mrs Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs, in Abuja.
According to him, women across the globe play vital roles in the development of any society, hence the need to strengthen their position and appoint them in key positions in governance.
“When they have the necessary means and space to develop for the benefit of themselves and the benefit of the society, then everyone profits much more in the interest of all of us that is if women indeed acquire more and more positions they deserve in society based on gender equality.”
The ambassador further stressed the need for more sensitisation of women and girls at the grassroot level, which he said would empower them with more knowledge on their rights and roles in society.
Responding, the minister expressed appreciation to the Switzerland government for their supports to the country.
Tallen, however, called for more support in the area of advocacy on the rights of the girlchild education at the grassroots to boost women empowerment and enable them participate actively in national development.
AfDB approves new 5-year strategy for Nigeria amidst COVID-19 concerns
Abuja, 5 June 2020 The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved Nigeria’s Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2020-2024, which builds on the successes and challenges of the 2013-2019 edition.
The bank’s Communications and External Relations Department in a statement on Friday said the strategy was approved on May 27.
The statement quoted Mr Ebrima Faal, Senior Director for AfDB in Nigeria, as re-affirming the institution’s support for Nigeria’s socio-economic advancement.
“We will do this by focusing our interventions in sectors that will strengthen public health infrastructure and accelerate efforts towards economic transformation and diversification of export earnings and fiscal revenues from oil,” Faal said.
The bank noted that the 2020-2024 CSP identified supporting infrastructure development and promoting social inclusion through agribusiness and skills development as key priority areas for Nigeria.
According to AfDB, these priorities have been selected to leverage Nigeria’s rich endowment of natural and human resources toward transforming the lives of its people.
It added that in this context the new CSP had been customised to support government efforts in confronting challenges and to foster long-term, socially inclusive development.
“Under the CSP, the Bank will deploy a combination of sovereign and non-sovereign financing instruments to support the two priority areas, including investment and institutional support projects, evidence based analytical work in numerous economic sectors, policy dialogue and provision of advisory services.
“Special focus will be put on supporting the Nigerian private sector, in terms of financing and advisory services, and on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) initiatives that enable innovative, long-term investment in energy, transport and water and sanitation.
“The Strategy Paper is the result of participatory consultations with a range of key stakeholders, both state and non-state actors as well as bilateral and multilateral development partners.
“The CSP is fully aligned with the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy, the High 5 priorities and Nigeria’s own Economic Reform and Growth Plan (ERGP), as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Of the total active operations, 29 were in the public sector, with a commitment of two billion dollars (43 per cent) and 32 non-sovereign operations with a total commitment of three billion dollars, equivalent to 57 per cent of the total portfolio,” the bank explained.
Gunmen kill 21 in NW Nigeria attacks: police
Twenty-one residents were shot dead by gunmen who stormed six remote villages in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Zamfara earlier this week, the police said on Friday.
The gunmen, believed to be bandits, also attempted to steal cattle from the villagers in Talata Mafara and Maru local government areas of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mohammed Shehu, a spokesman for the police, told Xinhua.
The gunmen first shot dead 15 people on Tuesday, when they attacked the villages in those parts of the state. They returned on Wednesday, riding on hundreds of motorcycles, and killed six more people during the burial of the previous victims, Shehu said.
Local sources said the gunmen were resisted by some youths while mourning their loved ones.
The police said they have launched an investigation into the deadly attacks.
Banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities have recently become rampant in the northwest region. The military high command said they are in control of the situation with ongoing multiple operations against the gunmen.
A week ago, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military to intensify their operations in that part of the country, particularly to root out the gunmen.
Nigerian troops intensify fight against Boko Haram militants
The Nigerian troops had achieved encouraging results in recent operations against extremist group Boko Haram and other gunmen groups across the restive northern region, a military spokesperson said.
John Enenche, Nigeria‘s defense spokesperson, said in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos on Friday that dozens of militants had been killed while many others surrendered in operations by the troops between Monday and Wednesday.
One soldier was killed and another wounded in one operation, Enenche added.
He said in continuation of the clearance operations across the northeast, troops of Army Super Camp 6 on Wednesday in conjunction with Borno state Civilian Joint Task Force, conducted a deliberate ambush operation against Boko Haram militants at Lawanti River line in Konduga of Borno state, killing six of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
Relatedly, the military spokesperson said the troops had on Tuesday an encounter with some Boko Haram militants at Daban Magaji in Borno, killing 9 of them and destroying one Boko Haram gun truck as well as capturing one anti-aircraft gun, two rifles and a large cache of anti-aircraft ammunition.
He said troops of 144 Battalion deployed in Madagali of Adamawa state on Monday briskly cleared Boko Haram camps at several villages in the area. During the encounter at Gajinji village, troops killed one militant and arrested 2 adult females identified to be the local Boko Haram commander’s wives.
Furthermore, resulting from sustained artillery bombardments and ground assaults against Boko Haram hideouts in the northeast, more militants are surrendering to the troops in recent days, according to Enenche.
Speaking on the fight against bandits in the northwest, Enenche said troops of Operation Whirl Punch acting on credible information raided on Wednesday a bandits’ camp in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, killing two of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
He said the troops will continue to be steadfast and focused as they sustain the onslaught against Boko Haram and other militant groups.
Online competition will help Nigerian players prepare for future scrabble events, Jighere says
“We (players) decided we need to do something to get busy and we reached out to our colleagues in Pakistan and they accepted the challenge.
“Each team will comprise 10 players. So, we will have 20 players in all representing Nigeria, with one of them being female,” Jighere said.
The two-time African champion also said efforts were being made to engage other countries to participate in the competition.
“South Africa has accepted the challenge and hopefully next week, we will be competing against them,” he said.
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