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Commercial Agriculture: Zulum tours Niji group in Ibadan 

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Commercial Agriculture: Zulum tours Niji group in Ibadan 

By: Our Reporter

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, was on Monday at the operational headquarters of Niji Group of Companies in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State. 

Niji Group (trade name of Niji Agro Services) “is a value-driven conglomerate with about three decades of successes in providing critical end-to-end solutions to Africa’s agriculture sector.”

The Governor was received and taken round by the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Niji Group of Companies, Farmer Kolawole Adeniji.

Zulum’s visit was aimed at harnessing avenues to promote sustainable agricultural practices that empower local farmers in Borno, most of whom were displaced by Boko Haram insurgency. 

 “Over the years, we have been distributing palliatives to support vulnerable persons affected by the over one decade of Boko Haram insurgency. Continuous distribution of palliatives is not sustainable, therefore, we intend, through agriculture, to provide sources of livelihood to the people”, Zulum said. 

During the visit, Zulum had the opportunity to witness, firsthand, the diverse agricultural operations undertaken by Niji Group, which spans Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing, Farming, Food Processing, Agribusiness Education, Farm Mechanization and Hospitality. 

The Governor expressed his admiration for the group’s efforts in advancing commercial agriculture and enhancing food security.

Governor Zulum highlighted the importance of leveraging technology to enhance productivity and efficiency in agriculture. He emphasized the need for more public-private partnerships to drive agricultural innovation and create an enabling environment for farmers across Nigeria. 

Zulum emphasized the need for increased investment in agricultural research and development. 

He stressed that innovation and knowledge-sharing were crucial to addressing the challenges faced by farmers, such as pests and diseases, climate change, and market access. 

The governor pledged to support initiatives aimed at strengthening the agricultural research ecosystem in Borno state. 

Zulum was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Adeleke Lawal, Borno State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engr. Bawu Musami, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Barrister Mustapha Ali Busuguma, SSA on Publicity, Lanre Obadiah, and some technical staff of Borno’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Also on Zulum’s entourage were officials of the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers which includes it’s National Chairman, Engr Professor Folarin Alonge, Prof Babagana Muhammed of the Agricultural Engineering Department of the University of Maiduguri and Prof Faborode, President of the Pan African Association of Agricultural Engineers among others.

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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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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.

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