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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Badagry women adopting family planning on the rise - NaijaAgroNet

Residents of Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State, have shown increase in the number of women adopting family planning the locality, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Some of the women who spoke to NaijaAgroNet during a recent field visit to the Ajara Flagship Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Badagry, under the auspices of Media Advocacy Working Group (MAWG) in partnership with Public Health Sustainable Advocacy Initiative (PHSAI), gave these indications.
Elated Badagry women, told NaijaAgroNet that the opportunity offered by the access to family planning services far outweigh the disadvantages.
They were particular about prevention of unintended pregnancy, and enjoined others to take advantage of the primary health care services.
A 33 year old Mrs Labake Orija, said her husband also understands the importance, hence she has his approval to attend the family planning scheme of the PHC.
As said by her, after four children what is left is to cater for them with quality educational support so that they can be their best out of the 8-year marriage.
Although Labake was attending the family planning session for the first time, she expressed delight in the exercise despite having heard about family planning before then.
“I have the support of my husband. We have decided that the four children we have now are sufficient for us,” she enthused.
She attributed her keenness to family planning to advice given to her from onset by her mother, who pointed out the efficacy of having children you can afford to train with an average size of four children and with both spouse making it six.
Also speaking, a 39-year-old Mrs. Atinuke Oke, told correspondent that having been married for over 14 years with three children, she has her spouse consent to save the family from avoidable medical expenses which encouraged her to commence family planning some 10 years ago with injectable.

According to her, she came for checkup on her last injectable, three months ago and in fact came to  renew her dose, which is every three months.
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Shell wins Best Exhibitor Award, others at 2019 SPE conference - NaijaAgroNet

Shell Companies in Nigeria have won the most coveted Best Exhibitor and eight other awards at the 2019 Nigeria annual international conference and exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) held in Lagos on August 5 -7, coming barely a month after winning the Excellence Award, the highest industry recognition at the Nigeria Oil and Gas annual conference in Abuja recently, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Shell had also won the Best Exhibitor award in the 2016 and 2018 editions of the SPE conference including other industry individual leadership trophies won by staff of the companies.

Shell exhibition combined illustrative and educative posters with learning sessions for young and student engineers and free medical services for conference participants where hundreds of persons received medical checks and drugs.

The SPE International President, Sami Alnuaim and the outgoing Chairman of the Nigeria Council of SPE, Debo Fagbami who made a joint presentation of the award described Shell as a leading light in the oil and gas industry providing direction and support particularly to indigenous companies in the industry.

Country Chair of SCiN and Managing Director, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Osagie Okunbor and the Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, Bayo Ojulari received the award on behalf of Shell companies.

Okunbor described the award as a reward for consistent excellence and diligence displayed by the hardworking staff of Shell in Nigeria adding that Shell companies would continue to invest in industry growth, new technologies and professional development and affiliation of its workforce. “We recognise that being an industry leader puts on us enormous responsibility and we have continued to rethink and reshape our strategies in a manner that brings optimal value to Nigeria, our partners and the local service industry.”

According Okunbor, Shell companies are up-to-date on the conference theme of ‘Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Mobile Technology: Changing the Future of the Energy Industry. “We are leaders in deploying artificial intelligence and are using it in areas ranging from seismic analysis to drilling and predictive maintenance because we know that digitalisation has a big role in delivering all of Shell’s strategic goals.”

A Shell Nigeria team of engineers led by Ogochukwu Benheogor won the Best Technical Paper award at the conference while Elisha Ezekiel-Hart won the technical award for projects, facilities and construction. Other winners were Okenufowo Ojonah (Formation Evaluation) and Erasmus John Nnanna (Regional Production and operations). Stella Egwim Ogbodu won the Regional Director’s Recognition Award while Oghogho Effiom received the Award for Regional Service.

Earlier in the year, Shell companies in Nigeria emerged the international oil company with the most impactful local content initiatives in the upstream category at the 2019 edition of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Opportunity Fair organised by the country’s local content regulator, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board. The companies were also named the Local Content Operator of the Year at the 2019 Annual Oil Industry Achievement Awards by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN).

Pix: L-R: Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Bayo Ojulari; International President, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Sami Alnuaim; Managing Director, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor; and outgoing Chair, SPE Nigeria Council, Debo Fagbami, at the presentation of Best Exhibitor Award to Shell companies at the 2019 annual conference and exhibition awards night of the SPE held in Lagos.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

US looks at Africa for monitisation of LNG - NaijaAgroNet

With record-breaking US gas production this year, and the promotion of gas as a “cleaner, cheaper” energy source a continued priority for the current White House, the US Department of Energy is now looking towards Africa to develop opportunities in the exploration, production and monetization of LNG, reports NaijaAgroNet.

In the words of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, “increased amounts of US LNG on the world market benefit the American economy, American workers, and consumers and help make the air cleaner around the globe.”

Appetite for imported gas is growing steadily across the African continent. Just recently, South Africa announced plans to open its first LNG import terminal in 2024. Meanwhile, US gas production is skyrocketing. Currently at 6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day, production is forecast to grow to 10 bcf by the end of 2020. This confluence of circumstance makes Africa a common-sense partner for the US as it sets out to cement its position as an Energy superpower.

As part of this mission, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, will join 22 Pan-African ministers at the Africa Oil Week summit in Cape Town this November. He will use the event to share US energy policy points with the continent and outline a vision for deeper US commitment to Africa in the oil, gas and power sectors. This vision looks set to encompass increased two-way trade and investment between the US and Africa, with the US making potential capital available on joint-ventures and to part-finance LNG infrastructure for energy-lacking African countries.

The announcement of Secretary Winberg’s attendance to the summit comes alongside several major US private-sector investments into the African energy sector. ExxonMobil are making progress in Mozambique with their Rovuma LNG project in deepwater Area 4 block which contains more than 85 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. 

Particularly notable though is Anadarko’s recent announcement of its Final Investment Decision (FID) to construct a $20 billion gas liquefaction and export terminal in Mozambique, the largest single LNG project approved in Africa. A representative from ExxonMobil will be covering the Rovuma LNG project in Mozambique at Africa Oil Week and there will be strong presence from ENH and INP at the conference. Africa Oil Week is putting a renewed focus on the place of gas, with 5 dedicated sessions dedicated solely to LNG in the event programme. 

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EBF saves lives says Funmi Akinyele, urges Nigerian media for adoption - NaijaAgroNet

The Chair, SubCommittee on Capacity Building at the Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition Nigeria (CS-SUNN) Dr. Funmi Akinyele, has urged Nigerians, especially the media to join the campaign for Exclusive Breastfeeding because it saves lives, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Speaking at the 2019 media roundtable in Abuja on Exclusive Breast feeding put together by CS-SUNN in commemoration of the annual World Breastfeeding Week at Bon Hotel Elvis, on the theme: Exclusive Breastfeeding in the First 1000 Days: The Critical Window of Opportunity, she said that Nigerians should adopt EBF holistically because it saves.

She told participants at the roundtable with the theme: Changing the Nigerian story, that the EBF saves lives, because the first 1000 days is critical to growth of any child.

“The first 1000 days are the only crucial window to ensure a well-nourished child and reduce the likelihood of non-communicable diseases in adulthood,” she declared.

Akinyele also said that malnutrition is a global issue and is a significant public health issue in Nigeria, just as it encompassed “Undernutrition (Stunting, Wasting, Underweight); Over-nutiriton (Overweight, Obesity; and Hidden Hunger (Micronutrient Deficiency).”

Malnutrition, she said, could be prevented by early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, adequate and appropriate complementary feeding as well as adequate diet in adolescence and adulthood.

She pointed out that maternal nutrition is important pre-conception, during pregnancy, during lactation, and after pregnancy, while intervening at the adolescent stage is key to stopping the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition.

The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

UNICEF, WHO call on govt, employers to be family-friendly – NaijaAgroNet

Becoming the parent of a new baby is both a life-altering gift and an immense responsibility. This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies, reports NaijaAgroNet.

In a joint press statement available to NaijaAgroNet by the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding” they demanded a family-friendly policies that support breastfeeding.

Family-friendly policies – such as paid parental leave – enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life, when it matters most. The evidence is clear that during early childhood, the optimal nutrition provided by breastfeeding, along with nurturing care and stimulation, can strengthen children’s brain development with impacts that endure over a lifetime.

Family-friendly policies are particularly important for working parents. Mothers need time off from work to recover from birth and get breastfeeding off to a successful start. When a breastfeeding mother returns to work, her ability to continue breastfeeding depends on having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breastmilk; and affordable childcare at or near her workplace.

Time off work is also important for fathers: Paid paternity leave allows fathers to bond with their babies and promotes gender-equality, including through the sharing of childrearing and household responsibilities.

Returning to work too soon is a barrier to the early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months and continued breastfeeding until age 2 or longer – practices that can boost children’s immune systems, shield them from disease, and provide protection from noncommunicable diseases later in life. Breastfeeding also protects maternal health -- women who breastfeed reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

In addition to their impact on children, family-friendly policies support women’s participation in the workforce, improve their physical and mental health, and enhance family well-being. They also advance business objectives and strengthen the economy. Such policies have been shown to increase employee retention, improve job satisfaction, and result in fewer absences. In short, family-friendly policies are good for families, babies and business.

As the world marks World Breastfeeding Week, WHO and UNICEF call on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies – including paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, and preferably, for a period of six months – as well as paid paternity leave.

In line with the policy actions advocated by the WHO-UNICEF-led Global Breastfeeding Collective, we also call for greater investments in comprehensive breastfeeding programmes, improved breastfeeding counselling and support for women in health facilities and the community, and an end to the promotion of breast-milk substitutes to enable parents to make informed decisions on the best way to feed their infants.

Together, with the support of governments, employers and communities, we have the power to enable breastfeeding and support families in fostering a nurturing environment where all children thrive.

World Breastfeeding Week 2019. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

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EBF: MeCAM established to bridge gap in child nutrition reportage - NaijaAgroNet

A media advocacy group with focus on curbing children malnutrition in Nigeria, under the auspices of the Media Against Child Malnutrition (MeCAM) has explained why it was established, saying that the goal is to bridge the gap in nutrition coverage, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The National Coordinator, MeCAM, Mr. Remmy Nweke in his intervention at a media roundtable on “Exclusive Breastfeeding: Changing the Nigerian story” in Abuja recently to mark the 2019 World BreastFeeding Week organized by the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN).

He said that the group was founded by senior media editors to bridge the gap between the media as an institution, practitioners and correctness of story-telling emanating from Nigeria as far as malnutrition is concerned.

MeCAM, he also said its well-positioned to drive this collaboration in the Nigerian media space and across Africa for betterment of our children and curb malnutrition generally from Nigeria, considering the benefits of Exclusive Breastfeeding, for instance.

He also called for more fund at the event held at Bon Hotel Elvis, Abuja, to be made available to advocacy on EBF, noting that every 1USD invested has good return on investment of about 16 USD, currently.

Nweke further recalled that this year’s theme is on “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding” noting that more is saved when the right and accurate information is passed.

Media, he said, cannot give what it does not have and called for more capacity building for media practitioners, especially MeCAM membership, who already committed to highlight issues on child malnutrition in Nigeria and beyond, for better children growth including exclusive breastfeeding, overweight, stunted growth, undernourishment to name a few.

Founded in August 2015, MeCAM has membership across online, print, broadcast media respectively.

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Pix: Remmy Nweke with first lady of Kaduna State HE Aisha Ummi Garba and Hajia Nafisa of Express Radio Kano at media roundtable on EBF.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hajiya El’Rufai urges Nigerian mothers to key into Exclusive Breast Feeding - NaijaAgroNet

The first lady of Kaduna State, Her Excellency, Hajiya Aisha Ummi Garba El’Rufai has urged Nigerian mothers to key-into Exclusive Breast Feeding (EBF) due to the advantages therein, reports NaijaAgroNet.

She made this call as the special guest at the Media Roundtable on Exclusive BreastFeeding with the theme “Changing the Nigerian Story” organized by the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition In Nigeria (CS-SUNN) to mark the 2019 World Breast Feeding Day which commenced since August 1 and conclude on August 7.

She noted that if mothers’ key into Exclusive Breast Feeding, “our babies” would be better nourished with requisite intellectual quotient, among others.

This, she said, makes the future of the country brighter, explaining that God has made breast milk to also have sufficient water and has the capacity to prevent our children from failing ill.

For the media, she said, there should be continues engagement with regards to building the capacity of our media practitioners to ensure the dissemination of the right information, especially on Exclusive Breast Feeding.

Emphasising, she said, this step would pave the way for changing the narrative of exclusive breast feeding Nigeria for good.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Breastfeeding has return on investment says WHO, UNICEF - NaijaAgroNet

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nationsl Children Fund (UNICEF) have said that breastfeeding has return on investment of $35 per dollar invested, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The world breastfeeding week is marked globally from August 1 through 7.

The duo in a Guide to navigate the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard made available to 
NaijaAgroNet, said that breastfeeding has numerous benefits for both mothers and children.

"It stimulates cognitive development and protects infants against diarrheal infections and pneumonia. It also decreases the risk of obesity and chronic diseases such as type II diabetes. It serves as a protection against ovarian cancer and breast cancer among nursing mothers and assists them with birth spacing."

They also stated in the overview that breastfeeding results in lower healthcare costs, underscoring that countries’ investment towards improving breastfeeding practices would result in US $35 of economic return per dollar invested.

While inadequate breastfeeding rates result in economic losses of about US $302 billion annually, which represents 0.49 per cent of the world’s Gross National Income (GNI).

"Increasing breastfeeding could prevent 823,000 annual deaths in children under five and 20,000 annual deaths from breast cancer," the report indicated.

Governments play a fundamental role in protecting the health of women and children through improving policies and programmes that support and enhance breastfeeding. The Global Breastfeeding Collective (the Collective), led by WHO and UNICEF, has identified seven policy action priorities, each with an indicator and a set target to be achieved by 2030.

The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard was first introduced by the Collective in 2017. It examines these indicators at the national and global levels. The Scorecard is designed to encourage and document progress on the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.

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Flood: Imo assures on succor - NaijaAgroNet

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Gerald Alphonsus Irona, weekend, visited some communities in the state ravaged by flood, assuring them of the determination of the State Government to bring succor to them, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Addressing residents of the affected communities in Orsu Obodo in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, the Deputy Governor described the development as unfortunate, even as he reiterated the state government’s commitment to ameliorating their sufferings.

“On behalf of the Government of Imo State, led by our Governor, His Excellency, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, we are here to see things for ourselves. It is unfortunate. It is a natural disaster, but Government will take steps to assist you and other affected communities. It is a pity. We have gone round all the affected communities and we have seen the level of damage.”

“We shall send experts to see how to ensure that this is controlled and that it does not happen again. I am here to commiserate with the victims of the flood. We have seen and appreciate the extent of the damage. We have seen that most of the communities have been submerged. People have lost property, but we are very lucky that no life has been lost so far. We shall try to give palliatives to the victims.”

Expressing happiness with the Deputy Governor’s visit, one of the jubilant community leaders, Rtd. DSP Andrew Anele Anyiwo commended the Government of Imo State for its timely intervention, reiterating the people’s confidence in the administration of Chief Emeka Ihedioha.

“Your Excellency, you have shown us love. We are hopeful that this your visit will bring about positive results. We trust you and we will continue to support you. Please, extend our appreciation to the Governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha. We are suffering. Our farmlands are also affected by the flood. Please, come to our aid.”

Among the flooded communities visited by the Deputy Governor are: Orsu Obodo and Oguta, both in Oguta Local Government Area, as well as Mgbidi in Oru West Local Government Area affected by the flood.

In the Deputy Governor’s team were: Hon. Barr. Frank Ugboma, member representing Oguta state Constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, Managing Director, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission- ISOPADEC, Engr. Anthony Okwuosha, Chairman, Interim Management Committee of Oguta LGA, Hon. Hilary Eberendu, Communication Adviser to the Deputy Governor, Dr. Walter Duru, Environmental and Disaster Risk Management Specialist, National Emergency Management Agency-NEMA, Evans Ugoh Ignatius, among others.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Osinbajo: Awo didn’t call Cow, Buoda – NaijaAgroNet


Twin giants, futility and hope, kick in the womb of life. Inseparable, they perpetually lock in contest with Man and time. Contemplating the futility of life, the greatest English playwright of all time, William Shakespeare, says in King Lear, “As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods, They kill us for their sport.” Reinforcing the primacy of hope in life, however, the Igbo say, “Anu laa taa, echi bu nta,” meaning: If ‘bushmeat’ escapes today, tomorrow is another hunting day.

Today, much more than poverty, hunger and diseases, insecurity poses the greatest agony to Nigerians from all walks of life. Nigeria’s insecurity is the harvest of government’s years of dehumanisation of the masses. Poverty, hunger, diseases, neglect, strife and ethnicity are the fodders feeding the cannon of insecurity in the country. Corruption in the corridors of power is the paintbrush that smears the blood of insecurity across the nation.

Before it unsheathed its bloody fangs to become one of the world’s deadliest terror machines, Boko Haram was just an irritable joke to the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government. To Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government, Boko Haram was only a rebellious headache that would soon succumb to pills. But the ache outgrew the head when Boko Haram became ingenious and carted over 120 Chibok schoolgirls away into captivity on April 14, 2014. Yet, the Jonathan administration lived in denial by affixing a question mark to the girls’ abduction. That singular act of irresponsibility bristled into nails that sealed the coffin of the lacklustre administration. In a similar fashion, ethnic killings by Fulani herdsmen have been the crown of thorns on the ugly baldhead of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. From the hut of the kidnapped Daura village head in Katsina to the mega slum called Lagos and the dirtiness of Aba in Abia State to the degradation of Bori in Rivers State, daily acts of kidnapping have been played down by the unfeeling, do-nothing Buhari administration.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo exemplifies the loud-on-noise-low-on-achievement image of the Buhari administration. I’ll leave President Buhari out of the picture because his inability to produce his secondary school certificate has made many Nigerians doubt his Intelligence Quotient. But no one is in doubt of the mental capacity of Osinbajo, who is a law professor, a Senior Advocate and the husband to the granddaughter of the inimitable Chief Obafemi Awolowo to boot!

Like Osinbajo, Awo, as he was endearingly called, was a lawyer and a SAN. Awo didn’t theorise in the four walls of the classroom, he demonstrated hands-on pragmatic lessons translated into democratic dividends unseen in any part of Nigeria at the time. Unlike Osinbajo, Awo’s political palm kernel wasn’t cracked for him by a benevolent spirit; rather, he rolled up his sleeves, pulled the kernel out of fire and cracked it open. A philosopher king, writer and orator, Awo never used personal religious belief as a net to catch gullible voters for the next ballot.

Awo saw tomorrow and took action. A man who rarely ate, according to the late Chief Bola Ige, until when extremely hungry, Awo yet saw the need for his people to have nourishing food. And what did he do? He built farm settlements across major towns of the western region such as Odeda, Onisere, Iwo, Osogbo, Abeokuta, Akure, Orile Owu, Ibadan, Ado Ekiti, Ikorodu, among many others. For Awo, it was unacceptable to call maalu (cow) buoda (brother) because of beef. For Awo, maalu was maalu, a bovine creature that never belonged in the realm of brotherhood. Awo was never ready to prostrate to a cow in order to drink choice wine from the chalice of power, feed heavily on beef plus porridge, belch, and then drool and doze off reading the Bible.

As a law professor, teacher, SAN and an in-law to Awo, I expect the vice-president to have gone through the inspiring achievements of the late sage and draw lessons from them to help the Buhari administration build a better country. I expect Osinbajo to have read any of Awo’s Path to Nigeria’s Greatness (1981), Strategy and Tactics of People’s Republic of Nigeria (1970), The Voice of Reason (1981), The Voice of Wisdom (1981), Voice of Courage(1981), among others. I also expect the VP to have seen a video done by a fellow egghead, a Professor of Agricultural Engineering, Adewumi Taiwo, who revealed that Awo, in his time, produced quality cow beef that fed the Western Region. The video produced by Tunde Kelani TV, recalls how the Awo regional administration went as far as Mali and some other ranching countries of the world, got grandparent and parent stocks of the trypanosomiasis-free N’Dama cattle and began mechanised ranching in 1960 up until 1966 when the military took over and made ‘peppersoup’ of all the cattle on tombola nights. The region also invested in large-scale mechanised farming, poultry and piggery. The farms took the youths off crime, put money in their pockets, food on their tables and promising futures on their horizons.

Speaking in Yoruba, the professor said, “The notion that it’s only the Fulani that are adept at cattle rearing is wrong. During the western region days, the Awo government reared cattle in large numbers. The N’Dama cattle reared in paddocks by the Awo administration were bigger and more nutritious because they were more well-fed. The Fulani cattle trek from neighbouring countries where they are purchased through the North to the South-West, (thereby weakening the beasts and making them susceptible to diseases and death). The cattle reared by the western region weighed 500kg while those reared by the Fulani weighed between 150kg and 250kg. Awo improved on the Fashola cattle ranch in Oyo, which was built by the colonial lords in 1946, and engaged in commercial cattle production through artificial insemination. They planted grass, corn and other plants for them. Cattle rearing and its value chain can create jobs for all our youths.”

If the vice-president ever read about his great in-law and wishes to leave his footprints in the sands of time, too, he should have informed his Oga that farming employed millions of people in China, the US, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand etc. Osinbajo should’ve told his maigida that farming is a check to the wave of terrorism, killings, kidnappings, prostitution, ritualism, fraud and violence across the country. Osinbajo knows so much, he should bring his experience to bear on the nation for good. Or, is his counsel falling on deaf ears? Abi is it easier for the camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for the VP to look at the mirror and admit to himself that the Buhari-Osinbajo presidency has lifted no five million Nigerians out of poverty?

Between 2012 and 2013, Osun brought in some white Zambian farmers to pilot a mechanised cattle ranch in Iwo. I visited the ranch. “The economic meltdown of 2014 aborted the dream,” says Bola Ilori, a former commissioner for regional integration in Osun. He adds, “Our ranch was for Yoruba youths, though we allowed the Fulani to also use the facilities. We operated Ruga in Osun before this current Ruga.” Media adviser to former Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Sola Fasure, says, “Agric is the way to go. We long realised this in Osun and opened up the farmlands.” Last week, Akwa Ibom State bought from Brazil 2,000 cattle notably good in milk and meat production. Information commissioner, Charles Udoh, says the move was aimed at ensuring food sustainability.

To stop the frequent herders-farmers clashes, the conspiracy between Fulani herders and some southern elite must stop. Many kings and political leaders in the South-West especially, own a number of the cattle grazing on farmlands. This is why it’s difficult to bring murderous Fulani herders to book. Also, state governments must realistically invest in ranching.

Futility and hope: Which way Nigeria?

Up Awo! 

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