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Agriculture accounts for 80 percent of employment opportunities in Yobe, says Gov. Buni

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Agriculture accounts for 80 percent of employment opportunities in Yobe, says Gov. Buni

By: Yahaya Wakili

Agriculture is the mainstay of the Yobe state economy, which employs 80% of our people, and it plays a key role in women and youth empowerment, employment generation, and poverty alleviation, among others.

Governor Mai Mala Buni CON disclosed this to newsmen in Damaturu when he celebrated his five years in office.

He said that when we came on board, we realized that the sector was largely characterized by traditional practices of subsistence farming.

“This therefore propelled us to organize an agricultural summit in 2019 to chart a course for agricultural transformation to enhance food sufficiency and food security and to make agriculture more profitable” he said.

Buni further revealed that the outcome of the summit culminated in the formation of a steering committee on the revitalization of agriculture, which, in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, developed the state sector strategic plan.

“In realization of this, the government procured 7500 metric tons (250 tracks) of NPK fertilizer for the 2019/2020 cropping season and sold it to farmers at a highly subsidized price of $5,000 per bag, and the government has now placed emphasis on the dry-season cultivation of crops to further boost production for the attainment of food security in the state.

In addition, the government also procured 1500 metric tons (50 trucks) of NPK fertilizer to support 2022–2023 irrigation farming in the state, and these fertilizers have since been distributed and sold at a subsidized rate of $13,000 per bag through open market sales to the general public.

Buni said, through a public-private partnership, the government procured 1,500 metric tons of Neem-coated NPK fertilizer to support rain-fed crop production for the 2023 farming season. Under this arrangement, a company supplied the fertilizer at a cost of $25,000 per bag, while the government, on its part, sold the fertilizer to farmers at a rate of $13,000 per bag.

According to him, Yobe State Government and the Federal Government have agreed on mutual collaboration to establish Livestock Development Centers (LDC) in the three Senatorial Districts in the state in phases, starting with Jakusko/Nasari LDC (Zone C) in 2021/2022. Gurjaji LDC (Zone B) in 2022/2023, and Bade Gana LDC (Zone A) in 2023/2024.

“These products consist of the following facilities: Veterinary and Human Clinics, Milk Center and Milking Parlor, Artificial Insemination Unit and Small Ruminant Multiplication Unit, 50 units of Hardsmen’s Settlement, Feed Mill and Feedlot (5 Nos.), Earth Dams and Aquaculture Administrative Block, Security Outpost, Primary School, Tractors, and Planters 

Others include harvesters, lawn mowers, ambulatory vehicles, the renovation of loading ramps and pastures, the construction of a wherehouse, the construction of a 6.0-kilometer access road, and the provision of electricity.

Agriculture accounts for 80 percent of employment opportunities in Yobe, says Gov. Buni

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VP Shettima To Lay Foundation For NEDC Headquarters In Maiduguri

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VP Shettima To Lay Foundation For NEDC Headquarters In Maiduguri

  • Flags Off Agric Inputs Distribution, New Road Network Wednesday

By: Our Reporter

Vice President Kashim Shettima will tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19, lay the foundation stone for the permanent headquarters of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

In furtherance of the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to the North East’s sustainable development through holistic security, reconstruction, food production and job creation programmes, the VP will also flag off the distribution of essential agricultural inputs and equipment procured by the NEDC tomorrow.

Senator Shettima is also expected to inspect progress on the first phase of construction on the 27km Jere Bowl Road Network in Mafa/Jere local government area, just as he will also perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of the project.

State Governors, lawmakers, traditional rulers and dignitaries from across the region are expected to join the VP at the event.

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

By: Michael Mike

A wave of excitement filled the air in Mamud Fana South, Gambia, as residents celebrated a new era of clean and reliable electricity with the commissioning of 77 Solar Home Systems (SHSs).

This life-changing project, implemented by UNIQUE ENERGY, was made possible with the financial support of the ECOWAS Commission through the ECOWAS Special Intervention Fund (ESIF), implemented by ECREEE.

For years, residents of Mamud Fana have struggled with limited access to electricity. This often meant evenings spent in darkness, limited opportunities for education and a struggle to power basic appliances. 

Now, the project lights up Mamud Fana South, bringing solar energy to over 1,000 residents. Each household has been equipped with a solar panel, battery storage, inverter, sockets, and lighting bulbs. This new energy source will allow them to power their homes, use appliances, and potentially develop small businesses.

The installations were commissioned on Saturday, June 15th, 2024, in the presence of Mr. Francis Sempore, ECREEE’s Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Correa, Representative of The Gambia’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Mr. Njaga Ceesay, Business Development Manager at UNIQUE ENERGY.

The project demonstrates the positive impact that renewable energy solutions can have on rural communities across West Africa.

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

By:Yahaya Wakili

The Executive Chairman of Nangere local government area in Yobe state, Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, has called on the people of the local government to use the Eid-el-kabir occasion to pray for His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON (Chiroman Gujba), Nangere local government, and Tikau emirate council.

Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, who is also the Walin Tikau Emirate Council, disclosed this in his Sallah message to the people of Nangere local government area at Eid-el-kabir praying ground in Nangere.

The chairman charged the people of the local government to embrace the spirit of love and tolerance and live in peace with one another.

“Nangere local government is known as number one in the state in farming and hard work and has urged the people to pay more attention to farming and rearing as the rainy season commences.

Hon. Samaila Musa also called on the people to abide by the law and order, with a view to building peace and unity among the citizens of the local government, the Tikau emirate council, and Yobe state in general.

“Nangere local government is the most peaceful local government in the state; therefore, he urges the people to intensify prayers to our leaders to be guided aright for increased peace, security, and prosperity of our local government, our emirate, and our state in general.” Wali said.

He warned the people of the local government to avoid encroaching on the cattle roads in order to avoid a clash between the farmers and headers in the area.

Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

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