FG Dismisses Report Of Famine In Northeast

Benue Police Challenge Farmers, Herdsmen On Agatu Peace DealThe Federal Government has assured residents in the northeast that the prediction of famine in the region in 2017 is not true.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the Minister Of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, explained that although there could be food shortage in some states as a result of the northeast insurgency, that would however not lead to famine in the country.

Referring to states such as Borno and Yobe, the minister said: “neither the devastation in the north-eastern states nor farmers and herdsmen clashes in Kaduna state is likely to lead to famine and starvation in the country.

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that the Famine Early Warning System Network, an agency supported by the United States Agency for International Development had predicted famine in the northeast because the Boko haram insurgence had prevented the people from farming over the past five years.

According to the report, the rampage of Boko Haram insurgents contributed negatively to market activity and normal livelihoods for Nigerians.

El-Rufai Flags Off Construction Of $150 Million Poultry In Kaduna

El_rufaiThe just concluded maiden Kaduna State Economic and Investment Summit has started yielding result with the grounding breaking ceremony for the construction of the largest poultry factory in sub-saharan Africa being cited in the state.

The proposed factory is being constructed by Olams International, an agro-based company with branches in over 100 countries.

Speaking at the flagging off of the factory located in Chikun Local Government Area of the state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, while explaining why investors should embrace business opportunities in the state, described Kaduna as the gateway to Northern Nigerian markets, with effective land management, raw materials availability, security, favourable tax policies among others.

The animal feed factory is said to be the largest in sub-saharan Africa when completed in the next 15 months.

It will comprise of an animal feed mill, poultry breeding farms and a hatchery to produce day-old chicks.

Governor El-Rufai, who performed the ground breaking ceremony said the project will create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.

He expressed belief that the return of vibrant economic activities and the reduction of poverty among the populace will drive prosperity and reduce the divisions that became pronounced as the state’s economy entered dire straits from the late 1980s.

He also announce that in spite of the socio-economic challenges confronting the state, his administration has taking another significant step in advancing the agenda of job creation and improving the standard of living of the people of the State.

On his part, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who was represented by a director in the ministry, commended Governor El-Rufai for the various economic programmes initiated by his administration.

He announced that President Buhari’s diversification of economy from oil to Agriculture will remain the administration’s top priority.

Also speaking, Olams Managing Director for Africa, Mr Venkataramanni Srivathsan, said the group’s investment in hatchery would help boost the nation’s poultry production and in the long run, help reduce the country’s reliance on importation of poultry products.

He explained that the project is the largest investment by the company in Nigeria’s domestic food and agricultural production sector after its wheat milling factory in Nasarawa state.

Many factories in Kaduna State have closed down over the years due to some emerging challenges ranging from unfavourable business environment to insecurity.

To address some of these problems, Governor El-Rufai promised to create an enabling environment and policies that will attract investors into the state for the purposes of creating millions of jobs.

Fayose Rallies Support For Ekiti Nominee

fayoseEkiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has asked the people of Ekiti to support any Ekiti nominee at the federal level, irrespective of political affiliations.

The Governor made the statement on Tuesday as the ministerial nominees were screened in Abuja, one of which is the former Governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Governor Fayose, during his state monthly broadcast, said that support for an Ekiti nominee irrespective of who it might be, was important for the development and unity of the state.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu were screened alongside a former senator representing Akwa Ibom South Constituency, Udoma Udoh Udoma and former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Audu Ogbeh at the Senate on Tuesday.

The Senate asked the former governors of Ekiti and Abia states to take a bow and go after answering questions in defence of their nomination as ministers.