The Jigawa State Chapter of Smallholder Women Farmers in Nigeria (SWOFON), on Wednesday solicited for farm inputs and gender friendly equipment from government.
Hajiya Hadiza Abdulwahab, SWOFON State Coordinator, who presented a list of the requests to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, described it as a progressive step for communities where farming was their main occupation.
Abdulwahab said the provision of gender friendly equipment according to the needs and strength of women would go a long way to relieve women of fatigue.
The Coordinator solicited for 67, 915 bags of fertiliser, 10, 000 bags of rice seed, 3, 583 bags of maize seed, 2, 718 power tillers and 2, 718 hand planters.
She said the move had become imperative because the backbone of any agricultural revolution was farmers’ access to modern agricultural inputs.
The Coordinator noted that the gesture would directly improve the output of small-scale women farmers in the state and would also make them more productive, as well as ensure increased income for them.
She added that in the long run, there would be an improvement in the livelihoods of the women farmers, as they would be able to provide for themselves, their families and communities.
Abdulwahab said women were determined to end hunger; and it was a known fact that if women had equal access to productive resources, they would increase their yields and feed more hungry people.
According to her, though women make up to half of the agricultural labour force, barriers to credit, inputs and extension services, as well as land ownership and rights, limit their production.
Abdulwahab disclosed that the move was an ongoing exercise in five selected states across the country and the FCT, where the priority demands of 500, 000 smallholder women farmers would be submitted.
“The five states are Jigawa, Niger, Nassarawa, Anambra and Oyo.
“Currently, we have over 500,000 rural farmers working in different communities across the 36 states of the federation,’’ she said.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that SWOFON is a coalition of women farmers associations and groups across Nigeria with the goal of advocating for and supporting women farmers, especially those in rural areas.
Edited by Hawa lawal/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
Jigawa reopens 40 schools, directs all workers to resume duty
Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa on Monday announced the immediate reopening of 40 schools in the state and also directed all categories of civil servants to return to work from Aug. 4.
The governor, who made this known while briefing newsmen in Dutse, also directed the Ministries of Health and Education to come up with time schedules for running the programme under strict compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the recalling of the workers came few weeks after officers from level 12 and above had resumed.
NAN reports that the state government had initially directed its workers to work from home for two weeks from March 24 and continually expanded the order so as to protect workers from being exposed to COVID-19.
Badaru said the decision to recall all workers back to their duty posts was sequel to the progress recorded in terms of compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures after recalling those in the category of level 12 and above few weeks ago.
According to him, government will adopt the same strategy across the workforce in all the ministries and departments in order to ensure total compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures.
He, however, said that the 40 schools would be selected from primary, junior, senior and private secondary schools from the three senatorial zones of the state.
The governor assured parents and guardians that other schools would also be reopened gradually if there were some improvements in terms of compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures in the selected 40 schools.
Badaru also announced that the state had no single COVID-19 patient for now, adding that the only remaining suspected patient had been discharged after being tested and confirmed negative.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
APC governors pledge commitment to end terrorism
They pledged to mobilise funds for the security architecture of the states in the geo-political zone.
The Chairman of the forum, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, made the pledge in Maiduguri when he visited Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno to commiserate with him over the recent attack on his convoy by insurgents in Baga Local Government Area.
Bagudu, who was accompanied by Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa, said the forum would mobilise the needed funds to support the security in Borno.
Bagudu said that the PGF team was in Borno to identify with and encourage the government and people of the state.
“This challenge facing the state is for all Nigerians and it’s not just only for Borno people.
“We will continue to urge the security agencies to do more.
“We will continue to mobilised more funding to support both the security agency and the resettlement programme of displaced people so that they can go back to their normal lives,’’ Bagudu said.
Also speaking, Badaru lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the gains recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign.
He called for more funding and enhanced security arrangement to restore lasting peace in the state and north-east in general.
Responding, Gov. Zulum who lauded the forum for its support, raised concern over possible sabotage in the system that would not allow the insurgency to end.
“Let me re-echo my previous position with respect to the level of insurgency in Borno.
“I earlier said that the gravity of the insurgency cannot be compared with what has happened between 2011 -2015 on one hand and 2015 till date on the other.
“Yes, the president has done well, but there is sabotage in the system that will not allow the insurgency to end,’’ Zulum said.
He called for more concrete measures by the military to end the insurgency, adding that displaced persons needed to go back home and pick up their normal lives.
The governor lauded President Buhari for creating the North East Development Commission, which he said had created job opportunities and is assisting in the reconstruction of affected communities in the state.
Edited By: Yakubu Uba/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Sallah: FRSC deploys 356 personnel, 3 ambulances in Jigawa
The Jigawa Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said it had deployed 356 personnel to ensure the safety of motorists and other road users during the Eid-el-Kabir break in the state.
Mr Ado Adamu, the FRSC spokesman in the state, made this known in a statement in Dutse on Thursday.
It said that the personnel deployed consisted of 89 officers, 267 marshals and 1000 special marshals.
The command said seven patrol vehicles and three life supporting ambulances were also mobilized for a 10-day Sallah Special Patrol, which commenced on July 29.
“The FRSC is ready to bring to book, drivers and motorists who are found violating traffic regulations before, during and after the festivity,” it warned.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa (NAN)
Police probe alleged electrocution of toddler in Jogawa
The Jigawa Police Command has commenced investigation into alleged electrocution of a toddler, Yahaya Salihu.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Gomna, told newsmen that the incident occurred on Sunday in Dutse.
The police chief said that two persons had been invited for questioning from the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) in connection with the incident.
Gomna also said that he directed the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the case for thorough investigation and possible prosecution of those responsible for the electrocution of the three-year-old boy.
When contacted, KEDCO Spokesman, Sani Shawai, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the company was aware of the incident but insisted that their personnel were not liable for the alleged electrocution.
Shawai said that the company had disconnected and cleared the cables that were brought down by the storms immediately the incident was reported to their office.
He also alleged that some residents might have reconnected the cables illegally thereby resulting in the electrocution.
The spokesman warned customers against any form of illegal connection or reconnection.
Shawai also announced that the company had already set up a team from its safety and environmental unit to conduct an investigation into the incident.
However, the father of the boy, Abdullahi Salihu, said he immediately reported the storms incident which brought down the cables in front of his shop at Bakokwato quarters in Dutse to KEDCO.
Salihu said that he had to do that urgently because of the fear of the danger associated with such problem in the community, not knowing his child would be the victim.
He said that he would ensure justice over the alleged electrocution of his child which he blamed on the company’s negligence.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)