He noted that there was no aspect of life that could do without agriculture, saying Nigerian graduates must henceforth stop searching for formal jobs that seem to be no longer in existence.
Food Production Capacity
The Governor stressed the need for productivity, resilience and hard-work among Nigerians, pointing out that the present nation’s economy demands one to be self-employed.
According to him, there is no other alternative to sustain Nigeria’s economy than to build the required interest in agriculture and brace up with anything that could promote food production capacity.
Mr Aregbesola held that Nigerians must, as a matter of urgency, invest in things that would prevent famine in the next five years if truly the nation was ready to overcome her present economic challenges.
Lamenting the dwindling revenues from the crude oil sales, Governor Aregbesola said “unless Nigeria sees the need to promote agriculture, efforts to bring back the dwindling economy may be gloomy”.
“There is need for us, especially our young graduates, to lead the nation in promoting agriculture as the only realistic surviving alternative to economy.
“We must embrace farming because it is only agriculture that has direct links to all aspects of life.
“Nigeria has grown to the stage her food production capacity must be urgently expanded to meet the general needs of the citizenry and as well enhance exportation.
“The time to enhance productivity has come. We must all embrace productivity. We must produce whatever we desire to consume,” he stressed.
Congratulating the graduating students, Aregbesola charged them to adapt to the virtues they acquired in the institution.
He advised them to get prepared for the challenges ahead and life after university which he described as “challenging”.
“You must all be prepared. The challenges ahead, especially at this period of over saturated tendencies of labour market, you need grim determination to succeed. You must be rational and critical in the application of the knowledge you have acquired”.
He further appealed to those who are using the precious and reputable name of Islam to perpetrate violence, saying “violence is directly antithetical to Islam”.
“All hands must be on deck to end terrorism in the country as the act is tantamount to the tenets of Islam.”
Earlier in his lecture, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, charged both private and public organisations in Nigeria on the need to invest more in education.
He said the country had gone to a stage where education should be seen by all as a bedrock for national development and called for the need to encourage participation in both basic and higher education.
Professor Rasheed, who is the Executive Secretary, National University Commission, said all hands must be on deck to promote tertiary education.
He implored stakeholders in the private and public institutions in the country to, as a matter of necessity, rescue the nation from her present educational backwardness by establishing more universities in the nooks and crannies.
Prior to the discovery of crude oil, agriculture use to be Nigeria’s economy mainstay, a position the Nigerian government is pushing to return the nation to by pushing for more youth involvement in agriculture.
The federal government has revealed that it is set to kick-start the next phase of civil service Pensioners Verification and Biometric exercise in Bayelsa state.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Barr Sharon Ikeazor.
The statement indicated that the verification exercise would take place in Yenagoa to cover pensioners for Bayelsa on January 16, 2017.
PTAD had earlier concluded verification of civil service pensioners from the North-West and South-East zones in the country in 2015.
As a follow up, pensioners in the North East states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states were recently verified between November 28 and December 6, 2016.
“Apart from identifying ghost pensioners and putting a stop to fraudulent payments, the exercise facilitated the restoration of monthly pension payments to genuine pensioners previously removed from the payroll, including those who had never been paid any pension or gratuity.
“A total of 4,438 pensioners who were verified in the North West and South East who were hitherto not receiving their pension were rolled into November, 2016, and their pension and arrears paid.”
The statement indicated that pensioners are expected to come along with the original and photocopies of their relevant retirement credentials for the upcoming exercise as will be published in national dailies and announced on television and radio.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has confirmed the death of two Court of Appeal justices among those who died during the deadly stampede at Mina, Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
A statement issued by the CJN gave the names of the deceased as Justice Abdulkadir Jega, who is the brother of the past INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega; and Justice Musa Hassan Alkali of the Ilorin Division.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has assured Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja that the commission will do all it can to ensure their safety and right to shelter.
The Promise was made in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, on Friday by the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Professor Ben Angwe, while receiving displaced persons from WASU IDP camp in Apo District of the Federal Capital Territory.
Some of the IDPs were at the commission’s office to seek help, following an eviction notice by the owner of the estate they had taken refuge.
He assured the developer that the commission would work to ensure that the IDPs were relocated within the shortest possible time by the relevant authorities.
After the meeting, the Executive Secretary and his team joined the displaced persons to the said settlement where he inspected their living conditions.
Leaders from across the African continent have arrived Abuja for the meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission which is taking place at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Heads of Governments from Chad, Niger and Benin Republic are present at the meeting while the Defence Ministers from Cameroun are also in attendance .
President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the meeting and has already given his opening speech along with the chairman of the commission.
President Buhari emphasized the need for the Multi-National Joint Task Force to work in order to reduce insurgency.
He urged them to sustaining the operation to tackle terrorism is key to the development of the region.
Ahead of the meeting the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Sanusi Abdullahi told journalists that the body will need about Thirty Million Dollars to set up the headquarters of the Multi National Joint Task Force and sustain its operations to tackle terrorism in the region.
Mr. Abdullahi also added that the implementation of the Multi National Joint Task Force is long overdue and has become very imperative to quickly deploy the operation of the troops that will help in the fight against Boko Haram.
” The total amount needed to set up and sustain the Multi National Joint Task Force Headquarters for the next 12 months is estimated to be about Thirty Million Dollars, the troops contributing country are responsible for equipping and sustain their battalions”
He added that there should be no time left for the sect members to plan their next rampage .
Members of the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON) on Wednesday decried the hardship and deplorable welfare condition they have been exposed to, due to debts owed them by their various clubs.
The footballers also accused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of being responsible for their woes.
At a media briefing on Wednesday in Warri, the APFON Executive Secretary, Austin Popo, said the NFF “demonstrated gross incapability and helplessness in enforcing the decisions of the 2010 Arbitration Committee in the face of serious breach and non-compliance by the affected premier league and division one clubs”.
According to Popo, many of the footballers and their families have resorted to begging on the streets in order to keep bodies and soul together, while a few others have died leaving their families in abject poverty – like late Coach Kafaru Alabi (Elkanemi Warriors FC), Emma Agbo (Gateway FC), Benjamin Okafor and Monday Inabia Kalio (Sharks FC).
Popo said “Currently, the total award to coaches and players by the arbitration committee amounts to N264,203,500.00 (about $1.65m) while the undecided cases amount to N421,600,000.00 (about $2.63m)
He accused the National Executive Committee of the NFF led by Aminu Maigari of being insensitive towards the welfare of Nigerian footballers and coache. “We request the congress of the NFF to save the lives and careers of Nigerian footballers and coaches from imminent extinction, occasioned by the wilful disregard for the implementation of the relevant provisions of the NFF statutes and FIFA regulations”.
The footballers accused NFF of failing to invoke the sanctions on clubs who failed to comply with the 2010 decisions of NFF Players Status and Arbitration Committee in line with the relevant provisions of FIFA disciplinary code of 2011.
They also blamed the NFF for non-establishment of a National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) which provides for equal representation of players and clubs and competent for employment related disputes between clubs and players.
This has allegedly led to undecided cases worth over N750 million; and non-establishment of a national regulation, governing the status and transfers of players within Nigeria Professional League clubs, amongst others.