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Zulum at IITA, NSPRI, NCAM; seeks partnership on food security, agriculture 

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Zulum at IITA, NSPRI, NCAM; seeks partnership on food security, agriculture 

By: Our Reporter

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday, paid visits to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, the Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI) and the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM) in Ilorin Kwara State. 

Governor Zulum’s visit was to forge strategic partnerships with the three agricultural research institutions and technology providers to address the challenges faced by the agricultural sector affected by the over one decade of insurgency in Borno State. 

The Governor led a high-level delegation that comprised of Professors of agricultural engineering, technical staff from the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and members of the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineering. 

With the visit, Borno State Government intends to harness innovation, improve productivity, support livelihood and ensure food sufficiency for the state’s population through sustainable agricultural practices. 

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a leading research institution which is known for its expertise in enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability. 

The Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI) is an institution that focuses primarily on providing effective technologies for mitigating post-harvest losses of all crop categories in Nigeria, while the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM) provides intervention to advance mechanization of the agricultural sector. 

Zulum noted that the collaborations will foster knowledge transfer, as experts from IITA, NSPRI, and NCAM will engage with local farmers, extension workers, and policymakers. 

“Our visit was to know exactly what these institutions are doing and see how the Government and people of Borno State will benefit from the outcome of the research conducted by these institutions,” Zulum said.

Zulum took a tour of the facilities in all the institutions. 

At IITA, the Governor was conducted round by the Director General, Dr Simeon Ehui, the Executive Director, Professor Lateef Oladimeji Sanni, at the NSPRI and at NCAM by the Executive Director, Dr. Abdulgafar Rasheed Kamaldeen.

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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

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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.

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