**Accuse three indegenous producers of sabotage
From Ahmed Rufa’i Dutse
Farmers and Northwest Inputs Agro Dealers Association of Nigeria (NIADAN), Jigawa chapter, have called on president Muhammadu Buhari and chairman presidential committee on fertilizer initiative to wade in to the crises of scarcity of fertilizer to ensure UREA fertilizer is available to farmers.
The association made the call through its chairman in the state, Alhaji Yusif Baba Muhammed represented by his deputy, Alhaji Haro Shehu.
While speaking to news men in Dutse, the state capital, Alhaji Dhehu said the current shortages of UREA fertilizer would affect rainy season farming which may result in poor harvest in the country.
“We are appealing to president Muhammadu Buhari and the chairman presidential committee on fertilizer initiative who is also the governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar to take appropriate action on the three major UREA fertilizer producers in Nigeria to make the commodity available to indigenous dealers in the country for easy access by farmers with out further delay”.
The NIADAN chairman accused the three producers of UREA fertilizer of deliberate refusal to supply the indigenous dealers who have deposited their monies for more than three months and in some cases about a year now.
He said the producers prefer to export the products despite the urgent need for the products in the country.
Alhaji Shehu said “This is the best time for the use of the commodity by farmers and yet it is out of markets in most parts of the country “Not because they are not producing, but they just want to deny the Nigerian farmers through non supplies to dealers where farmers will get it”.
“This attitude by the producers is sabotage against national food security which is also against the policy of government that said, ‘We should eat what we produce’ of president Muhammadu Buhari’s administration”
“It will also create hunger in the country in addition to already worsening national economic crises”.
He pleaded with the federal government to intervene.
He lamented that, the three major producing companies of UREA fertilizer in the country which includes Dangote, Indorama and Natore are busy exporting the fertilizer abroad while deliberatly denying indigenous dealers across the country.
“We feel this is intentional move to create hunger for the citizens in the country, this month of August is the peak for consumption of fertilizer in the country both for dealers and farmers for farm use.
“As registered dealers, we deposited our money with some of the above mentioned manufacturers but yet, they have not released our allocation of fertilizer for months, while the companies are busy producing the fertilizer and shipping them abroad. We feel this is intentional” , the chairman said.
“Our farmers are in need of the UREA fertilizer at this season of August-September for their farm use but, the fertilizer is not available even when the fertilizer plants are in the shores of the country, they are of no benefit to the nation or I can even say it is aimed at sabotaging president Buhari’s effort of diversifying the economy through agriculture”.
Go back to the farms, Agric minister/PROJECT 774 National cordinator tells Nigerians
***Says Tinubu is in firm grip of solutions to Nigeri’s challenges
The Minister of State for Agriculture and food Security Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has advised project 774 members to sensitized Nigerians on need to go back to the farm since land is God’s natural gift that remains an asset for employnent and productive venture
He spoke in Abuja on Thursday when the members of Project 774 for Tinubu/Shettima in the 2023 general election, which he coordinated nationally, paid him a courtesy call in his office.
Abdullahi who was senate Deputy Chief Whip and Chairman Board of Trustees, Project 774 for Tinubu/Shettima said,
“I want all members of this powerful network to take the message home that we just have to go back to the land. That is our God given natural asset.
“We are preparing very hard to make sure that the right things are done to stimulate agricultural production and increase productivity.
“Because it is one thing to go to farm, it is another thing to be productive. So we want production and productivity and we are working very hard on this.”
He reiterated the position that the President understands the problem of the country adding that it is why his 8 point agenda takes food security as topmost priority.
According to him the President’s agenda also touches on economic growth, job creation for which the Agricultural and food security sector play major roles.
“He talk about poverty eradication and also inclusivity, creating the enabling environment for every Nigerian to be able to participate in particular youths and women. I think we have our job cut out for us.”
“The priorities if the President are very clear, straight forward and we have already started digging down to get down to work. I want to appeal to Nigerians that the Duty of providing food is a collective responsibility.
“In this administration the emphasis on food security is a very powerful message so that with the political will, we have no doubt along with my colleague Abubakar Kiyari, we will work very hard to ensure we deliver on this mandate.
We will continue to engage and guide ourselves.
“Very soon we will be unveiling our road map in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the 8 points priorities of the President.
“When we chose 774 we knew all the action for our development are at the local government councils that is why we recognize the local level as the base.”
On the project 774 he said, ” “We promised to mobilise votes in 774 local governments of Nigeria for APC, presidential candidates, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.
“We are people you have led, when we started the journey you told us to learn the tricks of perseverance, patience, endurance and that there will be success and here we are.
“With your good leadership we were able to navigate the difficult terrain. First was the 25th February election for which we saw the emergence of our principal and his running mate
Today we came out tops winning the Presidency, many Governotorial election and highest number of parliamentarians.
“I think our effort was genuine and all of us showed commitment at various levels and I remember clearly that we promised Nigerians and ourselves that when victory is secured we intend to move the project to point 0.
“Which means we are going to keep our activities active in such a manner that those we went out to mobilize to give us this votes will be kept abreast of happenings, where they need to participate, they will be made to participate, information that needs to get to them will get to them through our network we will do that and we have agreed and whole heartedly that we are going to do that.
“I have told director of organization to re-validate all our data base in terms of the State level, local government level and after doing that we can see what we can do to mobilize ourselves back, to recalibrate so that over the next four years we can support the various authorities that have been put in place to help our President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to deliver on his renewed hope agenda. I want to assure you that the commitment is there.
“I want to join all of you in thanking President Bola Ahmad Tinubu for finding me worthy and making me a minister in his cabinet. We know the expectations are high and we intend to work very hard to justify the confidence reposed in us.
Convener Project 774 TINUBU SHETTIMA/ National Director of the Organization. Hon (Dr) Ahmed Adamu, FIICEP said they are greatful to Tinubu for appointing their leader as minister.
Other speakers at the visit included, Hon Arc Muhammad Muktar, member representing Gwiwa, Runi, Yankwashi Federal constituency, Jigawa state. Jigawa state Task Team leader
Hon Dr Yahya Abubakar FCT Task Team leader, Hon Engr Yunusa Abubakar Ahmed Director Interfaith.
Hon James Dalu, Executive Secretary, People living with Disability who was Director of Persons With Disability(PWD) was also at the event
CSR: Dangote Cement Trains 30 Youths on Poultry Farming, Business
By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.
As part of efforts to boost and mitigate shortfalls in poultry farming and business in the country, Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana has commenced skill acquisition and empowerment programme for 30 youths in poultry farming.
Mr Ademola Adeyemi, General Manager, Community Affairs/Special Duties of the plant who disclosed at Obajana said the exercise was part of the 2023 Community Empowerment Scheme for youths in the Plant’s host communities.
Adeyemi said the intervention which is also part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aimed to support the government in boosting poultry production and business.
According to him, 30 youths drawn from the catchment areas including Oyo, Obajana, Iwaa and Apata host communities have so far been enlisted for the programme.
“The training is expected to impart positively on poultry production, processing, record keeping and entrepreneurial skills of the beneficiaries,” he said.
According to him, Starter Packs containing Point of Laying Hens, Battery Cages, Feeds medication and other working accessories would be distributed to the beneficiaries at the end of training.
He said that the Skill Acquisition and Empowerment Scheme was being handled by College of Education (Technical), Kabba on behalf of the Dangote Cement Plc.
In her remarks, Dr Jagboro Victoria Olusola (Mrs.), Provost, College of Education (Technical), Kabba, commended the Management of Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana, for the initiative.
She described the effort as an apt demonstration of teaching people how to fish rather than giving them fish.
Speaking earlier, Mr Michael Odoma, Deputy Provost of the College and anchor of the programme, said that at the end, trainees would have had two and half months of classroom training sessions.
Odoma said that all aspects of poultry production from Processing, Bookkeeping, Accounting to Entrepreneurial Skills among others, would have been taught.
He added that the classroom teachings would be complemented with practical field visits to notable poultry businesses in and around Kogi State.
Mr JV Gungune, Plant Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Plant, urged the beneficiaries to demonstrate high sense of commitment to enable them succeed.
He enjoined them to see the Starter Packs presented to them as a Mango tree that needs to be nurtured to bear fruits year in year out on a sustainable basis.
Gungune advised them to be disciplined, prudent and persevere so that they can enjoy the maximum benefits of this initiative. (Ends)
Some concerned staff of FISS deny being part of an alleged Agric fraud
Some concerned staff of Farm Inputs Supports Services (FISS), of the Federal Ministry of Agric and Rural Development (FMARD), on Friday absolved themselves of any complicity in an alleged misuse of public funds by some members of the organization.
Operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) were reported to have arrested about five senior officials in the FISS Department of the FMARD over alleged diversion of funds.
Their arrest was said to be linked to the diversion of funds meant for monitoring exercise and sensitisation programmes.
The spokesperson of the concerned staff, Muhammed Dan Musa while reacting to the allegation indicated that the clarification became instructive because some persons have decided to play politics even when no name was mentioned in the allegation.
He said, “The report in question didn’t mention the name of any staff. So, it will be unfair, it will be the height of mischief for some persons to assume that we are all involved just because we are staff of FISS.
“Please, we hereby use this medium to plead with those playing politics to have rethink and do something that will be of immense benefit to the country in this period.”
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