The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has commiserated with the people of Akwa Ibom State on the recent collapse of Reigners Bible Church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital which led to the death of some worshippers.
The incident occurred during the bishopric ordination of its General Overseer, Apostle Akan Weeks.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulazeez Yari delivered the message when he led the forum’s delegation on visit to Governor Udom Emmanuel at his country home, Onna.
Governor Yari was accompanied on the visit by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state and his Kebbi state counterpart, Abubakar Bagudu.
He said that they were in Onna to commiserate with the Governor, the government and people of Akwa Ibom state on the unfortunate collapse of the church building with the governor in attendance.
Yari thanked God for sparing the Governor’s life and commended him for personally supervising rescue operation at the scene of the incident.
The forum also acknowledged the contributions of Governor Emmanuel to efforts aimed at managing the current economic recession in the country.
Governor Udom Emmanuel thanked the delegation for the visit and commended its leadership for the existing bond of unity among the governors in spite of political differences.
He disclosed that his administration has done everything necessary to ensure that victims of the church building collapse receive the best treatment possible for quick recovery.
The Governor assured his colleagues that he remained focused and determined to make life better for the generality of the people in spite of the incident.
The visit was remarkable as the three visiting governors belong to APC while their host belongs to PDP.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has promised to streamline logistics and mechanisms to ease access to funds for the development of the Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMEs).
The Governor of the apex bank, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who announced the plan on Tuesday, said that of the 220 billion Naira earmarked for the sector in 2014 only about 80 billion Naira had been accessed so far.
He gave the update during the fact finding mission of the Presidential Task Force on Agricultural Commodity and Production led by the Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu.
Also at the meeting was the Governor of Ogun State, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, who asked for more funds for cooperative societies in the agricultural sector to grow the state’s economy.
Earlier, the task force was taken round some of the farms in the state, where the farmers laid bare their demands, with access to financing topping their list.
The coordinator of Eriwe Fish Farm Village, Professor Olanipekun Alausa, spoke on behalf of some fish farmers in the state before they moved from farm to farm in Ijebu Ode, Kotopo Greenhouse Farm in Abeokuta and Eweje Farm Settlement.
The task force members were conducted round the farms where the CBN governor assured the farmers of easy access to SMEs funds.
The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, also reeled out some of the plans of the Federal Government for the sector for cooperative societies in the state.
Findings by this task force is expected to form the fulcrum for the extended Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government for the state.
The Governor of Kebbi State is seeking collaboration among rice producing states if Nigeria would meet its target of rice production sufficiency in the shortest possible time.
Governor Abubakar Bagudu told a gathering in the state’s capital to mark Nigeria’s Democracy Day that the Federal Government’s initiative on patronising made in Nigeria goods especially in the agricultural sector, required such collaboration to enhance efficient rice production which had been identified as a major step towards achieving the objective.
Governor Bagudu said sufficiency in rice production could make Nigeria a major exporter of rice to neighbouring West African region.
The state government organised a town hall meeting and media chat to interact with the people and members of the press profession on the activities of the government in the last one year.
With the potential of the state in rice production and encouragement to farmers towards a high yield, Governor Bagudu wants other rice producing states to come together towards harnessing these potentials for maximum benefit.
The State government in pursuit of increasing its internally generated revenue is collaborating with the Lagos State Government and Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two states working towards improved economic activities.
As the country looks inward towards self-sufficient in food production particularly in the production of rice; the collaboration among rice producing states will go a long way in producing the long awaited Nigerian rice that will not only feed the Nigerian market but also take care of the West African market.