1 year ago

Nigeria : CBN lends N2b loan to promote Rice Growth to KADUNA GOVT.

To promote rice production in the state, Kaduna State government has been provided N2billion loan from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

At the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), State Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Manzo Daniel Maigari, said that though the loan came with 9% interest, it has been provided by the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai in order to profit the peasant farmers, who are the prime members in the agricultural value chain, the chance to access the loan at 0% interest rate.

He observed that since the state is non-oil producing one, concerted attempts must be made to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria_national_football_team enhance its economy https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria even more in comparison to the oil producing states.

He said, We http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2836.htm have intervention that is available and we have been able to secure a N2billion loan from CBN for rice processing because Kaduna is Nigeria a rice producing state.

He included that the requirement to engage the peasant ranchers became essential as the loan will provide them the chance to http://www.yohaig.ng/category/newspapers/daily-times/ produce more enhanced seedlings and also hybrid livestock for the local and global markets.

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1 year ago

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Accused of Exaggerating Military's Success Against Boko Haram : Law & Society : Lawyer Herald

Northern Nigeria officials are accusing their president Muhammadu Buhari of exaggerating the military's success against Boko Haram. An American commander noted that Buhari's comments about the militant group no longer holding any territory back in January is false.

Buhari told United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the militants are "currently not holding any territory today as we speak" during a summit in http://www.yohaig.ng/category/newspapers/the-nation/ Abu Dhabi last January. However, in a report Nigerian by Fox News, the American commander, identified as General David Rodriguez testified recently that the extremist group still holds territory in northern Nigeria. He made his statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee that Boko Haram is still controlling a "significant territory" in the aforementioned area.

A local transport official in the Nganzai area of northeastern Borno state, Ngari Modu, backed Rodriguez's claims. ABC News reported that Modu said the statements of Rodriguez just proves that the Nigerian government is misleading the public over the real state of the issue. It remains unclear why Buhari said what he said during the summit in January.

Modu did say, however, that they are aware Boko Haram now lacks the capacity to carry out their "usual commando-like attacks" which is marching in and running down towns and villages. Modu pointed out that Boko Haram's weakening does not necessarily mean they are no longer around and are not controlling some territories, News 24 reported.

Modu added that he is one of the displaced people who stay in a camp in the city of Maidiguri as his home and his village remains to be a "no-go" zone.

Buhari promised that he will be stopping the rise of Boko Haram or other militant groups since he took office 10 months ago. Buhari http://www.afdb.org/en/countries/west-africa/nigeria/ has even replaced the military's leadership, resupplied the number of soldiers attacking the militant group, and moved the headquarters from Abuja to Maiduguri.

These efforts did change the status of the country as per Senator Mohammed Ndume of Borno. The soldiers were able to succeed in cutting off the supplies and access to food of Boko Haram an eventually, this could lead to the total eradication of the extremists thus the regaining of all territories.


1 year ago

Tunisian PM Assumes Power after President Ousted

TUNIS, Tunisia - After 23 years of iron-fisted rule, the president of Tunisia was driven from power Friday by violent protests over soaring unemployment and corruption. Virtually unprecedented in modern Arab history, the populist uprising sent an ominous message to authoritarian governments that dominate the region.

The office of Saudi King Abdullah confirmed early Saturday that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family had landed in Saudi Arabia, after several hours of mystery over his whereabouts. "As a result of the Saudi kingdom's respect for the exceptional circumstances the Tunisian people are going through, and with its wish for peace and security to return to the

2 years ago

At least 54 dead in suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Nigeria Explosions Sept21.jpgSept. 21, 2015 - Victims receive treatment at a hospital, after an explosion in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Extremists detonated 3 explosive devices in Maiduguri, a military official said Sunday.

At least 54 people were killed and 90 were wounded in a three-bomb attack in northeast Nigeria, local police reported Monday.

The multiple bomb attack occurred in Maidugurithe capital of Borno state-- Sunday night. There are conflicting reports on casualties but Reuters has reported at least 54 dead.

Although theres been no official claim of responsibility, police suspect Islamic extremists are behind the deadly explosions.

A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated improvised explosive devices at a mosque, police spokesman Victor Isuku told Reuters.

Boko Haram has recently resorted to hit-and-run tactics after the Nigerian military recaptured territory once held by the militants. At least 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram's six-year-old uprising which has displaced 2.1 million people across three countries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


2 years ago

Lock-down in Ikeja as Ambode swears in commissioners, advisers


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday inaugurated his 37-man cabinet in a carnival-like atmosphere that put the whole of Alausa and its environs on total lock-down. The much publicized swearing-in, held at the Adeyemi-Bero auditorium, witnessed a huge human traffic that could occupy the 80,000-capacity National Stadium in Surulere.

From 7am, the movement inwards the Alausa corridors from Ikeja already forewarned that it was an unusual day. The traffic snarls from Ikeja gathered quickly as families

2 years ago

LASTMA takes traffic campaign to religious centres

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) yesterday visited religious centres to promote traffic rules and regulations.

The enlightenment campaign operation tagged: Open Hearts according to its General Manager, Bashir Braimah, would promote road safety with focus on voluntary compliance by motorists and drive home government message on zero tolerance for traffic indiscipline and lawlessness.

Since the centres enjoy patronage of large congregation, therefore it is imperative to carry them along in traffic management in the state for the desired result, he said.

Braimah observed that the perennial gridlocks are occasioned by indiscipline and abuse of traffic regulations amongst road users.

He urged the congregation who are motorists not to flout traffic rules with impunity as such will have dire consequences on traffic flow and sanity on the roads.

According to Braimah, stress-free ride on Lagos road is a collective responsibility of all to enhance the economic growth and sustain the mega city status of the state.

The LASTMA team visited the Redeemed Christian Church of God at Ogudu, NASFAT, Alausa Secretariat Mosque and Christ the Light Chapel, Alausa.


2 years ago

Lawmaker urges motorists to comply with traffic law

A Member of the Lagos State House of Assembly Segun Olulade has called on motorists to obey traffic law to curb incessant gridlock.

Olulade, who was reacting to complaints of some Lagosians on the persistent traffic jam, said some drivers have become lawless, wrongly taking advantage of the pronouncement by the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, that the officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) should stop impounding vehicles.

The lawmaker, representing Epe Constituency 2, stated that the governors statement was not made to make drivers become disobedient to the traffic law which is still in place.

Lagosians, especially motorists, commuters and every other road user should understand that the traffic law was passed by the state House of Assembly and was signed into law by the executive arm and this law is still very much in place. To this end, everyone must be civilised and obey the law.

The governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in his wisdom, has urged men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority to stop impounding vehicles because he believes so much in doing things in a civilised manner.

In civilised societies, you will never see traffic officers running after a motorist or jump into someones vehicle all because that person committed a traffic offence. That is where Lagos State is going; it shouldnt be until LASTMA officials entered into our vehicles that we will obey traffic rules.

All road users should learn to obey traffic rules and be civilised while on the road. The fact that the governor made that pronouncement that no vehicle should be impounded doesnt mean we should start breaking the laws, he said.

Olulade, however, urged men of the LASTMA to continue the good works they have been doing by enforcing the law and coordinating movement of vehicles on Lagos roads, just as he appealed to motorists to continue to be orderly and obey traffic officers.

LASTMA officials and police shouldnt stop the enforcement of the laws; they should ensure that they use best practices in the discharge of their duties. We should all remember that the government is doing everything to ensure that issue of traffic is addressed, so we must cooperate with government in order to achieve this, he added.