The Ogun state government, said it has prepared over 16,000 hectares of farmland for the cultivation of rice and cassava in the 2017 planting season.
This is to help agricultural production for food sufficiency.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Adepeju Adebajo made this known while disbursing over 36million Naira to seven Fadama groups in the first phase of funds disbursement for rice and cassava production.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Stephen Ipiniwa, asked the beneficiaries to key into the Central Bank Anchor Borrowers Scheme to increase their productivity.
He also restated the state government’s commitment towards increasing agricultural based economy of the state, by making available different platforms and windows for assisting farmers for positive effects on the state economy.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said that a joint security meeting with his Nasarawa State counterpart to address borderline crimes will be convened following the success recorded by the Benue State amnesty programme.
The decision follows interactions between the Governor and the Osana of Keana, Senator Emmanuel Elayo over the perennial Fulani herdsmen and farmers clashes in border communities of the two states.
Mr Ortom, who held a similar joint security meeting with his Taraba State counterpart in the wake of the ceaseless killings in that area, says a quick solution to the Fulani-farmers crisis between the two states was necessary as the dry season sets in.
The Osana of Keana, a border community with Benue State from Guma Local Government said that the age-long relationship between farmers and Fulani’s will be restored to ensure lasting peace.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen bearing arms have sacked residence of Egba village in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing over 90 persons, including women and children, in the early hours of Sunday, March 15.
The attack by the insurgents, according to local sources, began at about 4am when Fulani assailants stormed the village, killing their unsuspecting victims, most of whom were fast asleep, after which they razed the community, destroying economic trees, food barns and farmland.
The Fulani herdsmen were said to have gained access into the community from Loko in neighbouring Nasarawa State, and started shooting and breaking into people’s houses, hauling down whoever they met, including women and children, leaving behind a death camp.
According to a source, about 90 corpses have been recovered with many injured as search and rescue efforts have been ongoing to help survivors of the attack.
However, while confirming the killings, the Benue State Police Commissioner, Mr. Hyacinth Dagala, said that his men have arrived the village to restore peace, but could only confirm the recovery of 30 bodies from the scene.
He said that further information would be made available as to the actual casualty figure, when his men file more reports from the scene.
The devastation caused by the over-flow of River Niger is spreading further across its banks as the resultant flood has displaced hundreds of families in Kwara, destroying hectares of farmland in its flow.
No fewer than 680 people have been displaced and rendered homeless in Patigi and Edu local government areas of Kwara state following heavy downpour in the last few days, coupled with the over-flow of River Niger at its tributary in Jebba, within the state.
The flood which affected 16 communities washed away nearly a million hectares of rice farmlands.
The state government has now called on the Federal Government to extend the dredging of River Niger to Jebba in Kwara state for permanent solution to perennial flooding in the area.
The Special Adviser to the state governor on emergency in company of the state Head of Service were shocked at the magnitude of the damage caused by the flood as they embarked on an inspection of the affected community.
The government officials had to resort to using a canoe to access the villages during their assessment tour.
Some of the villages visited in Edu and Patigi local government areas include Kpata, Mawogi, Abefu and Gbaradogi, where residential buildings and offices have been submerged by flood.
Nearly 70 houses were affected including the country home of the Commissioner for Industries and Solid Minerals who could not recall when such a magnitude of flood has ever occurred before.
Most of the displaced communities have been temporarily relocated though; they still remain at the mercy of the impending flood while the state and local governments are making all efforts to alleviate their suffering.
The government officials appealed to the flood victims to move away from the river bank.