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SENATOR A A KYARI SECURES A 5-YEAR AGRICULTURAL ACTION PLAN WITH BELARUS FOR FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

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SENATOR A A KYARI SECURES A 5-YEAR AGRICULTURAL ACTION PLAN WITH BELARUS FOR FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

BY: HON B G GALANGI

The Tinubu-Shettima led Nigerian government has been breaking new frontiers in recent times especially in the area of agriculture and food security.

The latest in the arsenal of achievements recorded by Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, was the signing of a 5-year action plan geared towards strengthening partnership in Agriculture and Food Security between Federal Republic of Nigeria and Republic of Belarus during a working visit to Minsk, its capital.

The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine and Poland. With a population of about 9.1 million, area of 207,600 square kilometers and a high human development index (HDI), Belarus is global force to reckon with, as it is technologically advanced in mining, manufacturing and agriculture.

During this bilateral working visit, Senator Abubakar Kyari was received by Belarusian First Deputy of Foreign Affairs, Sergie Lukashevich. After fruitful deliberations, both countries signed a 5- action plan which would foster significant growth and development in Agriculture and food security for both nations. The details of the action plan include;

a) Supply of 2000 tractors to Nigeria

b) Supply of 9022 units of assorted agricultural implements

c) Supply of 9022 sets of spare parts

d) Establishment of 52 service centres and training of youths throughout Nigeria

e) Establishment of tractor assembly plants in Nigeria by Belarus through AFTRADE DMCC from 2024 to 2029.

Speaking in an interview with NTA Nation Wide, Senator Abukakar stressed that the dedication to this collaboration reflects shared vision in the future of sustainable agricultural development and mutual benefits for Nigeria and Belarus. Furthermore, the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Food Security emphasized that the training centres will provide training to youths in the area of operating the mechanized equipment.

In a related incident, Senator Abubakar Habu Kyari thanked the President and Commander in Chief of Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Ahmed Bola Tinubu GCFR for providing visionary leadership especially in Nigeria’s roadmap towards economic recovery.

The Minister also thanked the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Kashim Shettima GCFR for bringing the wealth of his expertise and experience to bear in steering the economy of Nigeria to a safer point. Senator Kyari thanked the VP for being a remarkable bridge builder both at Party level, Borno State and the country at large. He prayed God’s divine protection and guidance upon all Nigerian leaders as they navigate through troubled waters of perennial economic woes orchestrated by enemies of the country.

In the same vein, the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Senator Abubakar Abba Kyari congratulated the Governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum for being visionary and unrelenting in both human and capital developments.

Senator Abu Kyari congratulated Zulum for winning the Nigerian Union of Journalists Good Governance Award 2024 on Education and the Security Excellence Award of the Institute of the Security and Strategic Studies (ISSS) for his exceptional leadership and innovative strategies and providing humanitarian aid in one of Nigeria’s most challenging regions. Enumerating some of his achievements so far, Senator Kyari thanked Prof Zulum for;

  1. Approving over 500 post- graduate students to study abroad. This remarkable feat will enable the State to bounce back through quality educational experience in future. Senator Habu Kyari projected that this kind of human capital developments will make Borno State a very elite society in near future.
  2. Supervising the distribution of food aid to over 52,000 families in seven LGAs of Borno State
  3. Distributing N100 million to 2000 youth and women to support them in cultivating their farmland.
  4. Unveiling of water projects in Azare, the headquarters of Hawul Local Government Area and counting.

In conclusion, I am deeply optimistic that Nigeria, through our amiable Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Habu Kyari, will bounce back on its feet through agriculture. I see better days ahead as there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, this glorious vision will only come to pass when compatriots maximally encourage and support our leaders.

My several years experience with the Minister has left no iota of doubt at all about his capacity and willingness to answer the clarion call of this great nation, Nigeria.

SENATOR A A KYARI SECURES A 5-YEAR AGRICULTURAL ACTION PLAN WITH BELARUS FOR FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

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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.

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Senator Lawan consoles the families of Karege, his former COS

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Senator Lawan consoles the families of Karege, his former COS

By: Yahaya Wakili

President of the Ninth Senate, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., GCON, Sardaunan Bade, Yobe North Senatorial District, was today in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, to condole with the family of his former Deputy Chief of Staff, Alhaji Mohammed Mamman Karage, whose demise occurred on Friday night.

Alhaji Mohammed Mamman Karage died after undergoing heart surgery at the Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital in Zaria, Kaduna State. Alhaji Karage, aged 65, was survived by two wives and children.

The President of the 9th Senate was joined on the condolence visit by the Deputy Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yau Usman Dachia, the Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission, Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi, and his former Chief of Staff, Dr. Babagana Aji.

Others include: Member representing Karasuwa constituency, Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo; Yobe State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Mohammed Gagiyo; his former Special Adviser on Budget, Alhaji Suleiman Jamo; and Chairman, Bade local government administration council, Hon. Ibrahim Babagana, amongst others.

During the visit to his family, Senator Ahmed Lawan offered his deepest sympathies and urged them to find solace in the deceased’s memory and legacies, which he left behind through the countless lives he touched. He prayed for Allah’s (SWT) guidance and support to enable them to bear this immeasurable loss.

“May Allah (SWT) grant Alhaji Mohammed Karage’s soul eternal rest in Aljannatul Firdaus.

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