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Farmers to Tinubu: We need security to make food available to Nigerians

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Nigerian farmers on Saturday called on the Federal Government to provide security, affordable farm inputs like seeds, insecticides, herbicides and fertilisers to boost food production.

Kabir Ibrahim, President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, that farmers needed some level of mechanisation.

He said insecurity prevented farmers from going to the farm, adding that farmers needed a sense of security alongside other requirements to enable them to put in more work in the farms.

Kabir advised that what technology incubation centres across the country were able to produce should be boosted to facilitate indigenous technologies which could be applied in agriculture.

He said various farm tools and implements for tractors could be manufactured in the country via the technology incubation centres.

The AFAN boss stressed that instead of waiting to import the parts of a broken-down tractor, Nigeria should support and encourage citizens in local manufacturing.

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He said that in recent times, it was becoming increasingly difficult to import foods, and to help Nigeria become self-reliant in food production, the government should leverage genome-edited crops and Genetically Modified Organisms.

“We need all efforts to make food available because now, you cannot even import, every country is on its own.

“Our scientists are busy, they need to be helped, we need to patronise them, their products should be made available to farmers.

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“This is the only way to get out because you cannot go and buy food from anywhere,’’ he said.

Reacting to the recently concluded four-day workshop on the genome, editing communication, and advocacy strategy, organised by AUDA-NEPDA/NABDA, Kabir said it was a good initiative.

He stated that the confusion people brought into new and emerging technologies should never be mentioned, adding that real farmers were not even aware of all of these.

“All that farmers want to see is to have good yield from seeds that are made available to them, they will not even ask questions,’’ he said.

He stated that what was required was for the conveners of the workshop to give the assurance that the methodology of what they were doing was safe for everybody.

According to him, the communication that farmers expect to hear is how to get the seed type, the cost, and the difference it will make from what they are already used to.

“For instance, we have a farmer who gets two tons of maize in the field and you are introducing a seed type that will give him four tons, he will definitely buy that and will not even care that some people are making noise, he will not even hear them.

“All he needs to do is to eulogise the possibility of improving his yield and the seed availability and affordability of the seeds,’’ Kabir said.

He said these were all that farmers wanted, that the real theme or the thrust of the communication strategy should be safety, affordability and the ability to move them out of poverty.

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NCC commissions Centre of Excellence Hub

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has launched its Centre of Excellence in Abuja, to enhance the technical and vocational skills

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has launched its Centre of Excellence in Abuja, to enhance the technical and vocational skills of Nigerians needed to bolster the digital economy.

During the launch, Dr. Bosun Tijani, the minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, reiterated the importance of collaboration in making this initiative a continental achievement.

“My expectation is that NCC will collaborate with more stakeholders to make this initiative a true centre of excellence for Africa. There is no society in the world that can prosper without connectivity. The connectivity requires humans for its proper functioning,” he stated.

Dr. Aminu Maida, the executive vice chairman of the NCC, highlighted the commendable nature of this center for Nigerian radio engineers. “This is the first time in Nigeria when our radio engineers will have the opportunity to come and touch and feel what a radio looks like,” he said.

He further spoke on the innovations that the 5G era and the newly acquired skills would bring through the Centre. “We would actually see a lot of innovations through this Centre,” Maida added.

The Centre of Excellence is designed to provide hands-on experience and advanced training, particularly focusing on the skills required for the digital economy.

The launch will help bridge the skills gap and enhance capabilities of Nigeria’s workforce in the tech sector. The Centre is expected to be a stimulus for innovation and development, particularly in the context of 5G technology, which promises to boost various industries.

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In driving local talent, the Centre also aims to ensure that Nigeria remains competitive in the global digital space, by providing state-of-the-art training facilities and opportunities for practical experience.

The initiative has received widespread support, with stakeholders confident in its potential to drive huge advancements in Nigeria’s tech industry.

 

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Tinubu names National Theatre after Wole Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has questioned Peter Obi's fitness to lead Nigeria, citing the Labour Party candidate's handling of

President Bola Tinubu has named the National Arts Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos, after Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka.

Tinubu announced this in a tribute he wrote to celebrate Soyinka in commemoration of his 90th birthday.

The tribute dated “Professor Wole Soyinka at 90: Tribute to a national treasure and global icon,” was personally signed by the President and made available to journalists on Friday.

Tinubu expressed his delight to join admirers around the world in celebrating Soyinka, adding that July 13 would be the climax of the series of local and international activities held in his honour.

Tinubu wrote, “Professor Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Literature Prize in 1986, deserves all the accolades as he marks the milestone of 90 years on earth. Having beaten prostate cancer, this milestone is a fitting testament to his ruggedness as a person and the significance of his work.

“It is also fitting we celebrate this national treasure while he is still with us. I am, accordingly, delighted to announce the decision of the Federal Government to rename the National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts.”

Tinubu stated that Nigeria not only celebrates Soyinka’s remarkable literary achievements, but also his unwavering dedication to the values of human dignity and justice.

“When he turned 80, I struggled to find words to encapsulate his achievements because they were simply too vast. Since then, he has added to his corpus with his series of Interventions, which have been published in many volumes.

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“Professor Soyinka is a colossus, a true renaissance person blessed with innumerable talents. He is a playwright, actor, poet, human rights and political activist, composer, and singer.

“He is a giant best riding not just the literary world but our nation, Africa, and the world,” he averred.

According to the President, Soyinka is one Nigerian whose influence transcends the Nigerian space and who inspires people around the world, explaining that since his youth, he has been a vocal critic of oppression and injustice wherever it exists, from apartheid in South Africa to racism in the United States.

“Beginning from his 20s, he took personal risks for the sake of our nation. His courage was evident when he attempted to broker peace at the start of the civil war in 1967. Detained for two years for his bravery, he narrated his experience in his prison memoir, ‘The Man Died.’

“Despite deprivation and solitary confinement, his resolve to speak truth to power and fight for the marginalised was further strengthened.

“Our paths crossed during our struggle for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria following the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election,” Tinubu stated.

Source: The Punch

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Tinubu, Shettima, governors in closed-door meeting

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Tinubu, Shettima, governors in closed-door meeting

President Bola Tinubu is currently meeting with some state governors at the State House, Abuja.

The meeting comes after the president met with the leaders of organised labour over minimum wage negotiations.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima is also attending the meeting.

Earlier, the representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) had a meeting with Tinubu at the presidential villa.

Though labour leaders and government representatives at the meeting said they discussed the minimum wage, they are to reconvene in seven days.

Over the past few months, labour unions, federal and state governments, and the private sector have been deliberating on a new minimum wage for workers.

On June 3, labour unions embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike over the failure of the government to yield to their demand for the minimum wage.

The NLC and TUC had proposed N494,000 as the new national minimum wage, citing inflation and the prevailing economic hardship in the country, while rejecting the federal government’s N60,000 minimum wage offer.

On June 7, state governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) said a N60,000 minimum wage would prove unsustainable.

At the last meeting of the tripartite committee, organised labour rejected the N62,000 proposed by the government and lowered its demand to N250,000.

The federal government had asked labour unions to demand a more realistic and sustainable wage.

Tinubu had also directed Wale Edun, minister of finance, to present the cost implications for a new minimum wage.

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Mohammed Idris, minister of information and national orientation, said the presentation would form the basis of further negotiations.

Source: The Cable

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Minimum Wage consultations between Organised Labour, Tinubu inconclusive

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Tinubu appeals to governors’ for unity of purpose to ‘make Nigeria greater’

Minimum Wage consultations between the Organised Labour and President Bola Tinubu have again adjourned without a conclusive agreement.

The meeting called at the instance of the President, Bola Tinubu has just ended with no meaningful resolutions reached.

The Labour leaders who emerged from the meeting, however, told reporters that their consultations with the Presidency will continue next week as they also have to go back to their organs to relay what the President discussed with them.

President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero said the positions of N250,000 for Labour and N62,000 for the Federal Government still stands.

Recall that Nigerians, especially the nation’s workforce have been expecting a new minimum wage from the government.

 

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Ganduje, wife to appear in court over alleged bribery on Thursday

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The Forum of All Progressives Congress State Chairmen on Tuesday passed a vote of confidence on the National Chairman of the party,

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, his wife Hafsat, and six others are expected to appear in court on Thursday over charges related to alleged bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds.

This development comes after a notice of trial served on the respondents through substituted means by order of the court.

A Kano State High Court granted the order on June 5, 2024, allowing the state to serve the seven respondents through substituted service, which was subsequently executed via advertisements in two national newspapers on June 6, 2024.

The respondents in the case include Abdullahi Ganduje (1st respondent), his wife Hafsat (2nd respondent), Abubakar Bawuro (3rd respondent), Umar Abdullahi Umar (4th respondent), Jibrilla Muhammad (5th respondent), Safari Textiles Ltd (7th respondent), and Lesage General Enterprises (8th respondent).

Justice Amina Adamu, who presided over the case, granted the order following an application by Zahradeen Kofar-Mata, counsel for the state government, representing the lead prosecution counsel, Ya’u Adamu.

“This court grants the application for substituted service because it is necessary to ensure the respondents are duly notified of the proceedings,” stated Justice Adamu during the court session.

“The matter is adjourned till July 11, 2024, for hearing, and all parties involved are ordered to present their fiat to the court.”

The hearing is expected to commence at 10am at the Kano State High Court on Thursday.

Source: Vanguard

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Tinubu relives fond memories of mum at play presentation

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Tinubu relives fond memories of mum at play presentation

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu went emotional yesterday as he relived memories of his late mum Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji.

It was at the preview of a stage play titled: “Abibatu Mogaji: The Play,” written by a renowned playwright Prof. Ahmed Yarima and produced by Ola Awakan.

The President recounted how his mother’s breasts served as his first restaurant.

“Mama’s grandson (Seyi) didn’t partake in my first breakfast with Mama because my first restaurant was her breast, my first toilet was her lap and my first-ever bedroom was her back.

“There is no way I could have been this old without that care,” Tinubu said.

The President praised Awakan for his thorough research and thoughtful presentation of the life of his mum, a prominent businesswoman, who was the Iyaloja-General of Nigeria.

Alhaja Mogaji died on June 15, 2013. She was 96.

Tinubu pledged to invest in Nigeria’s Arts and Culture sector.

Sharing the fond memories of his childhood and the values instilled in him by his mother, Tinubu thanked the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication.

He promised to support the arts and culture sector because of its importance in the preservation of Nigeria’s heritage and promoting its rich cultural diversity.

The President left the State House Conference Centre midway into the presentation, pleading for the understanding of guests as he had another meeting with leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

According to him, the sub-regional leaders had been waiting for the meeting for three days.

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He mandated Vice President Kashim Shettima to stand in for him.

He said: “I thank Ola Awakan. He’s a very great researcher, producer and thoughtful person to have come up with this and I can see some faces of Mama’s children – Tunji Alausa and the rest of the people are here.

“I will invest in the play; nothing could have been better than rewarding a very thorough research.

“I can see Adams Oshiomhole there, they knew her – many of you here knew her.

“Tough, she was a disciplinarian and I thank God for the gift that I got from her and that gift is an enduring one – character, determination, and never to give up.

“I’m so grateful to all of you in large numbers, I would have enjoyed the audience more with you. I’ll find another opportunity to do that, but I asked for this assignment. Through your exercise and commitment, you gave it to me.

“Only 48 hours ago, they renewed my mandate as the Chairman of ECOWAS. So, if they now give me an assignment, I don’t have a choice, but to do it.

“Seyi, you didn’t partake in my breastfeeding, I enjoyed it better than you. So, enjoy the play. I thank all of you immensely from the bottom of my heart.

“Ola Awakan, Yerima and the members of the cast, I say thank you. We will invest in Nigeria’s culture and art for the education of our children and for the benefit of mankind and all of you.

“I thank you for sparing your evening to celebrate my mother, a great woman. Thank you,” he said.

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The event was attended by notable figures.

Oshiomhole and Alausa attested to the late Alhaja Mogaji’s legacy.

Seyi thanked the managers and crew for putting up a brilliant performance.

Awakan thanked the President for the opportunity and support to stage the play at the Presidential Villa.

Source: The Nation

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