IFAD President Advocates Right Policies For Agric Development

IFAD President Advocates Right Policies For Agric DevelopmentThe President of International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr Kanayo Nwanze, has challenged the federal government to create the right policies for the development of Agriculture in Nigeria.

He said that the provision of the necessary infrastructure for seamless production and transportation would add great value to the sector.

He was speaking in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, while visiting a private farm at Iboro in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.

“I think the nation has awoken to the fact that oil does not feed people.

“We have not gotten better; some people have gotten richer but the population has gotten poorer.

“We have to go back to basics and the basics and fundamentals for Nigeria’s development is agriculture,” he said.

The IFAD President said it was a shame that Nigeria spends a lot of money on unnecessary food importation into the country.

He warned that government must avoid policy somersaults in order to fully tap into the agricultural value chains for national development.

“I think we make the mistake by thinking government would do all.

“Government has primary responsibility – the right policies and social investments.

“They must provide basic social requirements – good roads, energy, electricity, water and access to financial services.”

While expressing the resolve to partner with government in the production of maize, sorghum and rice, he called on Nigerians to take advantage of government policies.

“The population has a responsibility to take advantage of those opportunities.

“Government cannot provide jobs for Nigeria’s 175 million people. It is impossible.

“If a government employs more than 15% of its population , it will go bankrupt,” he said.


Oba Rasheed Initiates Rehabilitation Of Osogbo-Iwo Road

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, OshogboThe traditional ruler‎ of Iwo Land, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi, has initiated the rehabilitation of the long abandoned 44-kilometre Osogbo – Iwo – Ibadan road.

Relief appears to have come the way of road users in the area as the project is expected to bring ease to the myriad of problems often experienced by motorists on the road which links the state capital.

The Osogbo-Iwo-Iba‎dan road is one major road that has been a source of worry to many motorists who travel in and out of Oyo into Osun state.

It had long been abandoned by many who equally complain of the effects on their vehicles. It had also become a haven for robbers.

Although the project had been handed over to various contractors in the past, residents say the 44-kilometer ‎road remains one of the worst routes for
motorist because of its deplorable state.

Recently, the state of the road, however, got the attention of the traditional monarch of Iwo, who along with youths of the community and other subjects, commenced rehabilitation in order to restore it back to a motorable state.

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, Oshogbo

A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Akinade Adesola, as well as the Project Manager of the Rural Access and Mobility Programme, Mr Lere Oriolowo, believe that ‎the initiative would go a long way in alleviating the hardship experienced on the Iwo-Osogbo road.

However, the rehabilitation work being carried out presently is palliative, as the traditional ruler and other stakeholders are still appealing to the federal and state governments to begin major work as fast as possible.

Fayose Commissions Road And Street Light Projects In Ekiti

Fayose, Ekiti, RoadGovernor Ayodele Fayose has commissioned the one kilometre dual carriage road and street light projects initiated by his administration in Ikole and Omuo towns in Ekiti State.

The commissioning was part of activities to commemorate the second year anniversary of the Fayose-led administration in the state.

While switching on the street lights, Governor Fayose assured the people of the state of his commitment to providing the required basic social amenities such as water, good roads and electricity among others.

He vowed not to relent in his quest to ensure all-round development in the southwest state.

The people of Ikole and Omuo local government areas of the state could not hold their joy when the Governor and his entourage arrived the towns in the early hours of Thursday.

Some residents of the towns, Mr Olufemi Daramola and Mrs Oyin Adegboye, commended the Governor for fulfilling his promise.

They also urged him to sustain the tempo of development in the state.

Ogun To Become To Lagos, What New Jersey Is To New York – Amosun

Govenor Ibikunle AmosunThe Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday restated his administration’s ambition to making Ogun State become to Lagos, what New Jersey is to New York.

He made his resolve known while on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, stressing that Ogun State must take the economic advantage of its proximity to Lagos.

“Yes, we want to be to Lagos what New Jersey is to New York, but we want to do even more than that,” he said.

“We must take the economic advantage of our proximity to Lagos and whenever I have the opportunity, I tell them that, we want to feed Lagos, we want to house Lagos, we want to move Lagos, indeed we want to clothe Lagos,” he said, noting that “if we must do that, we as a State must get it right”.

He also stated that Lagos was a huge market for investors and manufacturers, hence there would be good profit for Ogun State, adding that “if we are about 7 million and Lagos is about 20 million and of course Lagos is the biggest market”.

The Governor recalled that several years ago, Ogun State used to supply Lagos food but stopped at some point. He went further to state that Ogun was making efforts to supply food to Lagos, to mitigate the need for the citizens to wait for food from the Northern part of the country.

He stressed the need for infrastructure which is directly connected to economic increase, unlike education and health which he said were more of social services.

“For us, we believe, if we get agriculture right, if we get the infrastructure right, then we have gotten it right,” he concluded.

Oshiomhole Assures Edo Residents Of Continued Infrastructure Development

oshiomhole_speaksGovernor Adams Oshiomhole has assured the people of Edo State that the State Government would continue to deliver good roads, schools, and hospitals across the 3 senatorial districts of the state, including the rural areas.

The Governor made the promise while inspecting projects in Etsako West and Etsako Central Local Government Areas of the State.

The Governor, flanked by the contractors handling the project and the State Commissioner for Works, Osarodion Ogie, visited the various project sites, starting with the newly asphalted Okotokwe road, which was an erosion prone area in Jattu, where he asked the contractor to extend the drains to check the gully.

Other places visited include a network of four roads comprising NTA Road, Zakawanu Road, constructed by the State Government to check erosion in the area.

The Governor also revealed plans to dualise the Auchi-Warake Road.

Governor Oshiomhole and his team proceeded to inspect the new bridge on Imiegba Road as well as Okpekpe where he promised to extend the roads into the village.

Residents of the various communities expressed gratitude for the projects.

PDP/APC: Court Cannot Declare Seats Of Decampees Vacant – Nwankwo

A Lawyer, Richard Nwankwo on Thursday said that the court cannot declare the seats of 37 lawmakers who defected to the APC on Wednesday vacant because the constitution guarantees freedom of association.

37 members of the House of Representatives, who were formerly under the umbrella of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday.

The lawmakers said that they changed parties due to “division and factionalisation” within the ruling party.

Reacting to the latest development on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Nwankwo said that no court pronouncement would detract from Section 38 of the constitution which talks about the freedom of thought, conscience and religion as well as section 40 which talks about peaceful assembly and association.

“These two constitutional provisions are very key and strong, and that is the beauty of constitutional democracy,” he said.

“We have to look at what is going on from the perspective of the fundamental rights provisions, because that is the thrust of this matter. The constitution is clear, and I believe that whatever cross-carpeting or re-alignment that is taking place will not detract from the strength of any political party that is on the ground, but what should border Nigerians is that these cross-carpeting, re-alignments have no ideological platform,” he added.

The political circle in the country has been regarded as bereft of any ideology as politicians often hop from party to party, Nwankwo supported the popular assertion by saying “in some other jurisdictions, political parties are known for their ideological slant but that is completely non-existent in our political equation here.”

He added that “this is an environment where our President talks about provision of water, good roads, and environmental sanitation issues. These are 14th century challenges in some other jurisdictions.

“We are still battling with the basics and that also gives us insight into the strength of the challenge we have.

“We have a political arena that is bereft of political ideologies,” he said, and added that the disputes leading to the defection of governors and lawmakers “have absolutely nothing to do with ideologies” as they are “predicated on personal disputes.”

“The landscape is becoming very muddy and very uncertain.”