Imo, Kebbi To Collaborate In Agricultural And Educational Development

Agriculture
Agricultural and educational collaboration between Imo State and Kebbi

The Imo State government says it is in partnership agreement with Kebbi State government in agricultural and educational development.

The State Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, announced the plans at an executive meeting on Wednesday held at the Government House in Owerri, the capital of Imo state in south-east Nigeria.

He said that the state government was going into the partnership to tackle the current economic situation in Nigeria which had giving room for states to look inward.

Governor Okorocha said that the partnership programme would majorly be in rice production while the educational development will be in the area of Teachers training.

The Way To Go

He also told the gathering that his administration was more determined than ever to deploy all machineries to ensure that the partnership would be sustained for the benefit of Imo people, expressing hopes that Imo state would become an agrarian state which would sustain and generate more Internally Generated Revenue for the state.

Responding to comments of the delegates of Kebbi State the Governor said: “Now that you have heard from the horse’s mouth, this will now corroborate my back to agriculture policy for civil servants.

“Agriculture is still the way to go in this period of economic recession. The government will do all it can to invest in this partnership not for we the officials but for the benefits of all Imo citizens”.

The Governor also disclosed that the partnership would not only be in agriculture but also education.

Highlighting that Imo State is known for educational development and that the state has well qualified teachers, he said the state government would partner with Kebbi State government in training thousands of their teachers.

Apart from the presence of the executive members of the Imo State government, in attendance at the meeting was also the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress led by Comrade Austin Chilakpu. They all met with the Kebbi State government’s delegates led by Mr Saidu Argungu.

Kebbi State has been a success story in agriculture, especially rice production and Imo State is looking to adopt the Kebbi State template to join the list of states producing rice in large quantity in Nigeria.

Mr Argungu had earlier told the gathering that he had inspected most of the communities across Imo state where rice production could be more viable.
He said: “Imo state has all it takes to be one of the state in Africa that will become the largest producer of rice if the state government can invest in it and take farming and agriculture more seriously as the benefits and proceeds cannot be overemphasised”.

“The agricultural potential, especially in rice production, I see in Imo State since the last two days that I have been touring most of the communities is enormous.

“It is even more than the oil you have. If the government pays more attention to this rice farming, at the end of one year, Imo may be the largest exporter of rice in West Africa because Imo has water and favourable soil that is not present in other states” Mallam Argungu said.

Buhari Sympathises With Victims Of Kano, Kebbi Market Fire Incidents

Kano Market FirePresident Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with victims of the fire incidents in Sabon Gari Market, Kano State and Birnin Kebbi Central Market in Kebbi State in southwest Nigeria.

The President commiserated with the government and people of the two states, particularly those who incurred losses in the incident that occurred on Saturday.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Shehu Garba, said the President shared in the pain of the victims, knowing that the two fire incidents had created major setbacks for all those that had business outfits in the markets, thereby affecting the livelihood of their families and setting back economic activities in the states.

The President advised the Kano and Kebbi State governments to find out the immediate and remote causes of the fire disasters in order to forestall future occurrences.

Apart from investigations, President Buhari also called for strict adherence to precautionary standards in buildings and operations of markets to avoid fire outbreaks.

He prayed that the Almighty God would comfort and replenish all those that incurred losses in the incidents.

Jonathan Flags Off Green Wall Project, Commissions New Kebbi Airport

Green WallPresident Goodluck Jonathan has pleaded with state governors who have the green wall project across their states to take the project very seriously.

He said this while flagging off the great green wall project initiated by the African Union to deal with the problems of desertification on the African continent.

The President said that apart from the fight against desertification, the great green wall would in the next 25 years provide the luxurious green that would be of economic value to the people.

Before the flag off of the great Green Wall Project, Dr Jonathan commissioned the new Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport in Birnin Kebbi, built by the Kebbi State Government at the cost of 14billion naira.

He commended the foresight of Governor Saidu Dakingari, who converted what used to be an airstrip into an international airport.

President Jonathan and Governor Dakingari, joined by the Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka and other dignitaries, described the airport as another milestone in the transformation going on in the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Kebbi Re-Run Election:Dakingari wins governorship poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced former governor of Kebbi state, Saidu Dakingari as the winner in the governorship re-run election held on Saturday.

According to the Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Lawal Bilbis, Mr. Dakingari of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) polled 875,492 votes to defeat Mr. Abubakar Abubakar of the Congress or Progressive Change (CPC) who polled 17,918 votes.

Kebbi Governorship Election underway

channels_television_kebbi_pollsVoting has finally commenced in the Kebbi State governorship election despite the low turnout of voters witnessed in many polling centres across the state.

At Dakingari local government area, voters queued up immediately after the close of accreditation by 12 noon to exercise their right to elect a governor of their choice.

The exercise which began at exactly 12:30 after the accreditation ended saw men, women and the elderly queuing up separately in line with the culture of the people of the State.

Some adhoc staff who spoke off camera attribute d the delay in the commencement of accreditation to the problem of late payment of their allowances.

The accreditation for the Kebbi state governorship election started late this morning as some voters were seen queuing up for the exercise in most of the centres visited within the state capital, Birnin Kebbi as commercial motor cyclists took advantage of the failure of the police to enforce the restriction of movement order to carry out their normal business.

At Bunza local government area which is a few minutes’ drive from the state capital had commercial activities in full blast.

Some residents who spoke to our crew said they decided to continue their business after being accredited since voting will be starting at 12:30 pm.

The situation is also not different at Dakingari local government area as a few voters turned up for accreditation as at the time of this report.

The accreditation exercise ended by noon while voting proper started at twelve thirty pm in all the twenty-one local government areas of the state.