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NEPZA, Farmcrowdy to partner on agric special economic zone

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NEPZA, Farmcrowdy to partner on agric special economic zone

The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority and Nigeria’s first Digital Agriculture Platform, Farmcrowdy, are discussing options for the establishment of an Agriculture Special Economic Zone for Nigeria.


Farmcrowdy Founder, Onyeka Akuma as part of this, had visited the Managing Director of NEPZA, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba to present the company’s plans of adding value through agriculture products processing and expansion of the sector through a special zone.

Adesugba, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, expressed the agency’s readiness to partner with Farmcrowdy for such economic zone.

He described Farmcrowdy as an innovative firm with great contribution to agricultural business in Nigeria.

“I have known Onyeka Akuma as a trailblazer in revolutionising agriculture through the use of technology and crowd funding since the inception of Farmcrowdy.

“Nigeria is paying special attention to agricultural development in order to feed an ever growing population, create jobs and generate wealth to eradicate poverty.

NEPZA is ready to support Farmcrowdy in its plan to set up an Agriculture Special Economic Zone,” he said.

According to him, there is no doubt at all about the ability of the young Nigerians in Farmcrowdy in making great things happen in this ever important sector of the Nigerian economy.

He restated its committment to transform the Authority into a truly investors’ service entity to multiply foreign direct investment in the country.

Akuma had informed the NEPZA boss of Farmcrowdy’s plans to play an important role in the export of processed agricultural products to other African countries as soon as the African Continental Free Trade Area commenced.

Akuma, while seeking the support of NEPZA, said it was time for Nigeria to increase its non oil exports and earn the much needed foreign exchange in a more diversified economy.

He said that Farmcrowdy was poised to go to the next level of its organisational development by using the Special Economic Zones to actualise its dream

Farmcrowdy, inaugurated in 2016, is Nigeria’s First Digital Agriculture Platform that empowers rural farmers by providing them with improved seeds, farm inputs, training on modern farming techniques and market for sale of farm produce.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (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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Okowa felicitates with Ibori at 62

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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.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

 

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

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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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Nigerian youths appreciate FG’s N75bn Investment Fund

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Nigerian youths on Monday presented letter of appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari


through the Minister of Youth and sports, Mr Sunday Dare, for the approval of 75 billion investment fund for them.

Mr Sukubo Sara-Igbesukubo, the President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), who presented the letter in Abuja,

thanked the president for the laudable act of establishing the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund with an initial capital of N75 billion.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government in July approved the establishment of N75 billion

Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) for three years, following a memo presented by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.

The NYIF is to serve as a sort of youth bank that will fund and support the innovative ideas, skills, talents and enterprise of the Nigerian youth.

Sara-Igbesukubo said that the fund was a special window for the Nigerian youths to access financial facilities for their entrepreneurial ideas,

innovations and projects.

He added that “the laudable milestone has shown that the present administration has the interest of Nigerian youths at heart.

“Today, the hope of millions of talented, hardworking and creative young Nigerians is being restored.”

Dare, who was represented by Mr Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary in the youth and sports ministry, said that

the fund would enable the country to go beyond empowerment to investment.

He said that the fund would help to boost youth investment in the country, noting that the ministry would work with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

to evolve modalities that would ensure that the fund was used for the investment it was meant for.

“The youths will be involved in the decision making as they will be in the forefront to achieve the goal of the fund,’’ he said.

Dare said that Nigerian youths did not lack ideas but have not had enough opportunities to utilise the talents.

He said that “we are hoping that with the fund, the youths will put every effort to get it running.”

The minister advised youths to be more involved in social media to be abreast with current developments in the world.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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