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Showing posts with label Monday. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Food security: Gambia secures $9m loan from AfDB


The Gambian government has signed a USD 9 million loan agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, to finance an agriculture value chains project, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The acting Vice-President, Sector Operations, AfDB, Kapil Kapoor, who signed the agreement for the bank, said that project which involves the production, processing and storage of or rice and livestock, will improve food security and create jobs.

He also said that the project is aligned with the bank’s High-5 priorities, especially the Feed Africa component, stressing that the government would implement the project as quickly as possible in line with the bank's new accelerated projects and programmes delivery approach.

In response, the Gambian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, Abdou Kolley, who signed the agreement for his country, thanked the bank for the support, and said the project will go a long way toward the realization of his county's food self-sufficiency goal and promised that the government would work hard to reduce bottlenecks which cause delays in the projects implementation.

The Agriculture Value Chains Development Project (AVCDP) which was approved in March 2016, seeks to increase, on a sustainable basis, the income of rural producers, entrepreneurs engaged in the production, processing, storage and marketing of rice and livestock. It will also create shared wealth and jobs.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Two herdsmen get 20yrs jail term in Delta


On Monday in Asaba, a Delta State High Court sentenced two Fulani herdsmen, Hassan Abidu and Yakubu Salem, to 20 years in jail with hard labour, on a two-count charge of unlawful possession of firearms, reports NaijaAgroNet

The charges were preferred against them by the Attorney General of the State, punishable under under Section 3(1), of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R.II, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010.

They were both sentenced to 10 years imprisonment each with hard labour and without an option of fine on the two counts.

According to prosecution, on or about February 23, 2015 at 6a.m., the Ibusa Police Division received a distress call that a group of suspected Fulani boys numbering about six were sited around Power Line, Ibusa armed with dangerous weapons including firearms which led to their arrest and prosecution.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sanitation: Restriction of movement in Lagos is illegal says High Court


A Federal High Court in Lagos State, Monday, March 16, 2015 declared the restriction of movement during the monthly sanitation exercise in Lagos State as illegal, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Delivering a judgment on a case brought before the court by Ebun-Olu Adegoroye, a lawyer and human right activist, presiding Justice Mohammed Idris held that restriction of movement, in the name of sanitation, amounted to a violation of the citizens’ right to personal liberty and freedom of movement as enshrined in sections 35 and 41 of the Nigerian constitution.

Justice Idris also held that the power of the Lagos State government to keep people indoors and its agent to arrest any citizen found moving between the hours of 7am and 10am every last Saturday of the month during the environmental sanitation exercise has no place in law.

He cited for instance, the 1999 Constitution, which grants freedom of movement to every citizen of Nigeria within its territory, maintained that freedom could not be taken away by executive declaration without any given law to that effect.

Justice Idris further said there was no regulation in force presently even in Lagos which authorised the restriction of movement of citizens on the last Saturdays of the month for the purpose of observing environmental sanitation, outside executive assertion.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that Adegoroye had taken the Lagos State government to court for restriction of movement whenever the exercise is to hold thereby confined citizens to their homes between 7am and 10am without any known legal basis.

In addition, he said it grossly violated Nigerians’ right of freedom of movement as guaranteed in the constitution.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fear in Owerri over Lion’s escape from Zoo


Fear may have become another name for the capital of Imo State, Owerri, following the announcement that a Lion has escaped from the Zoo on Monday, reports NaijaAgroNet.

NaijaAgroNet reports that the Imo State Police Command was quoted by sources as saying there is fear among the citizens in the state, mostly within the Umuoma, Umualum, and Umudibia rural communities as the lion escaped from a zoo situated along Nekede road in Owerri.

Also, NaijaAgroNet gathered that the zoo management confirmed the incident but warned on vigilance of the citizens, even as they promised to arrest the situation.

In a related development, the Police has withdrawn earlier announcement on the missing Lion, saying it was a false alarm.

Daily Sun quoted the Police spokesperson, Mr. Andrew Enwerem as having withdrawn the earlier announcement.
“We heard about the escape of the Lion and quickly sent a patrol team to the Zoo but on getting there it was discovered that the said Lion did not escape but it was just a false alarm from one of the staff who had been arrested,” Enwerem said.
The General Manager of the Zoo, Mr. Francis Abioye was also said to have reconfirmed that it was false alarm.
“It was a false alarm raised by one of the security men at night, no Lion has escaped. It is unfortunate people have been calling me from everywhere, we are deeply sorry for the panic it has caused,” Mr. Abioye was also quoted as saying.
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

World agriculture ministers to brainstorm on international food prices

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 Agriculture Ministers from around the world would Monday, 7 October assemble at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome for the second ministerial meeting to brainstorm on international food prices.

NaijaAgroNet gathered from a news briefing hosted by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silvawith that some 40 ministers and deputy ministers have confirmed their participation in the forum that is meant to pool knowledge on how to enhance the effectiveness of measures to address food security problems caused by international food price volatility.

It will recalled that the first meeting on food price volatility was held in October 2012 in response to the third spike in international grain prices in five year, although prices of cereals and oilseeds on international markets have fallen from the peaks reached in July 2012, they remain high and there are concerns that markets continue to be vulnerable to supply shocks.

“The event will be held on the first day of the 40th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), even though  the ministerial meeting is not part of CFS, it will allow CFS delegates to follow the proceedings,” he said.

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