Gov Bello Warns Against Diversion Of Agricultural Equipment

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has warned local government administrators and political office holders against diversion of agricultural equipment for personal use.

Governor Bello gave this warning in Lokoja while commissioning agricultural equipment worth several millions of naira, and also unveiling the confluence rice, said the procurement of the equipment was aimed at enhancing agricultural produce in the state, noting that the government will not condole any act that will hindered the real farmers from gaining access to the equipment.

The Kogi State government through the Ministry of Agriculture has procured another modern agricultural equipment which will be distributed to farmers at no cost to boost their production.

In his good will message the chief of staff to the Governor Mr. Edward Onoja, disclosed that the state government is already in partnership with investors from Israel for the production of fruits and tomatoes.

In his speech governor Yahaya Bello, called on the youth and women in the state to come out and embrace farming while he warned the administrators of each Local Government Areas not to interfere with the management of the equipment saying the days of diversion is over.

He then unveil the confluence rice, which has been produced in Kogi State, also declared the agriculture equipment for use, while 50 bags of the rice has been ordered to be distributed to all the polling unit across the state, for the people to celebrate the yuletide..

The agricultural equipment commissioned include 40 tractors, 40 ridgers, 40 harrows, 40, ploughs and 1500 power tillers among others.

Governor Bello gave this warning in Lokoja while commissioning agricultural equipment worth several millions of naira, and the unveiling of the confluence rice.

He said the procurement of the equipment was aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity in the state, noting that the government will not condone any act that will hinder the real farmers from gaining access to the equipment.

The Kogi State government through the Ministry of Agriculture has procured another modern agricultural equipment which will be distributed to farmers at no cost to boost their production.

In his goodwill message, the chief of staff to the Governor Mr Edward Onoja disclosed that the state government is already in partnership with investors from Israel for the production of fruits and tomatoes.

In his speech governor, Yahaya Bello called on the youth and women in the state to come out and embrace farming while he warned the administrators of each Local Government Areas not to interfere with the management of the equipment saying the days of diversion is over.

He then unveils the confluence rice, which has been produced in Kogi State, also declared the agriculture equipment for use, while 50 bags of the rice has been ordered to be distributed to all the polling unit across the state, for the people to celebrate the yuletide.

The agricultural equipment commissioned include 40 tractors, 40 ridges, 40 harrows, 40, ploughs and 1500 power tillers among others.

Niger State Govt. Declares Emergency On Health Sector

Niger State Govt. Declares Emergency On Health SectorWorried by the state of health facilities in the state, the Niger state government on Thursday declared a state of emergency on the health sector with a view to repositioning the sector for better service delivery.

To this end, it has earmarked the sum of two billion Naira to upgrade five out of the 16 general hospitals in the state which have been left unattended to for the past ten years in the first phase of the project.

Briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting in Minna, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibrin, said that the government inherited what he called “moribund” health facilities across the state from the immediate past administration in the state.

He disclosed that the immediate past government in the state expended well over N5billion to build three general hospital in Gulu, Nasko and Wuse areas of the state, but only the one in Wuse was functional.

Those that will benefit from the first phase of the hospital rehabilitation project include the Suleja, Kontagora, Mokwa, Kagara and Minna general hospitals, while all the remaining ones would be attended to in the second phase of the project.

The Commissioner further disclosed that following the inadequate health personnel in the state-owned hospitals, and to ensure quick service delivery, the state government has employed an additional 40 medical doctors, 70 nurses and 10 hospital workers since the inception of the present administration.

He described the current situation where one doctor attends to nine patients as unacceptable.

He said that the state government has approved the immediate payment of the 100% salary structure for all categories of all health workers being enjoyed by their counterpart in other states across the country.