We’ll develop our irrigation facilities more, Buhari assures

May 7, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The federal government would focus on greater development of irrigation facilities in the country, and encourage more people into agriculture, President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged. He spoke Friday at State House, Abuja, during the 6th regular meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), led by Professor Doyin Salami. President Buhari said agriculture was a good way for the country Read More

Nasarawa: Gov. Sule flags off 1,020 metric tons of fertilizers for 2021 farming season

April 30, 2021 Mohammed Yangida 0

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, Thursday, flagged off 1,020 metric tons of fertilizers for 2021 farming season. Speaking at the event at Andaha in Akwanga local government area of the state, Sule disclosed that his administration is flagging-off the sales of a total of 1,020 metric tons which is 20,400 thousand bags of fertilizer, 1,950 sprayers, five tons of improved seeds Read More

Euro 2020: Teams permitted to select 26-player squads

April 27, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Teams will be allowed to select a 26-player squad instead of the usual 23 at this summer’s European Championship.The change has been implemented to lessen the load on players after a club season compressed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will also help managers adapt if outbreaks occur during the tournament.The decision, taken by Uefa’s national teams committee on Monday, Read More

PVP law’ll protect plan breeders – NASC DG

April 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) has announced the passage of the Plant Varieties Protection Bill (PVP) by the 9th National Assembly, saying the bill awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent will protect plan breeders as it grants intellectual property right to them. Delivering a keynote address at the just concluded Maize Conference organised by Bayer Nigeria Limited in Abuja recently, Read More

NALDA commences establishment of farm estate on 1,200 hectare in Ekiti …To empower 3000 farmers

April 26, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has commenced the process of establishing an integrated farm estate on its 1200 hectares of land it just recovered and reactivated in Ekiti state. The farm estate located in Okeako/Irele Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of the state had been in existence for over twenty years and owned by NALDA, boast of Read More

Interrogating the Al-Makura phenomenon as APC chairman

April 6, 2021 Musa Wada 0

Senator Tanko Umar Al-Makura is one Nigeria’s finest politicians of all times. The senator of the Federal Republic, representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District, is no doubt one of Nigeria’s prominent and revered politicians. His tenure as a two-term governor of Nasarawa state, North central Nigeria, from 2011 to 2019 has become a reference point in purposeful governance not just in Read More

Seed industry: NASC builds stakeholders’ capacity

April 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

The importance of seed to farming cannot be over-emphasised, hence, the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) recent capacity building training for all stakeholders in the seed industry, JOHN OBA, reports. The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), and stakeholders in the Seed industry met in Abuja to discuss the seeds industry as it affects seeds importation, production, sales, and exports. The Read More

ANFASSC thrills as Senator Ogba buries father

March 29, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The glorious exit of of Chief Ogbaoku Odo (Omeiheufu 1) of Nkalagu, Ishielu Local Government, Ebonyi state, the father of Chairman, Senate committee on youth and sports development, Obinna Ogba was celebrated in style with the presence of unique and elegant supporters club in the country, Authentic Nigeria Football And Allied Sports Supporters Club ANFASSC. The colourful event was held Read More

Bala Mohammed and the challenge of managing victory

March 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

NAJIB SANI writes that the political bigwigs in Bauchi state who assisted Governor Bala Mohammed to defeat the then incumbent Mohammed Abubakar, in 2019 have all deserted him and therefore may have to fight extremely hard to retain power come 2023 governorship election. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state was elected governor of Bauchi state in 2019 having defeated an incumbent Read More

Why South East businesses fail to access govt funds – Official

March 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Peter Njoku, Assistant Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Abuja, has blamed the inability of businesses in the South East to access federal government funds on the people’s suspicions of government programmes. Njoku stated this, on Friday, in Aba, during the Export Development Fund sensitization seminar for  businesses in Aba. He, therefore, called on businessmen and women in the region Read More

Food sufficiency: Akwa Ibom govt begins distribution of seedlings to farmers

March 24, 2021 Uko Etim 0

The Akwa Ibom state government has flagged off distribution of seeds and seedlings to farmers to commence the first planting season to ensure food sufficiency in the state.Speaking during the flag off in Uyo on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, said the state government over the years has been consistent in distribution of farm inputs to ensure Read More

Governor Ishaku’s exceptional scorecard in education

March 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Every sector in Taraba state has experienced the magic touch of Gov Darius Ishaku’s administration, but education is exceptional as ANDREW OJIH reports.No doubt, education is the backbone of every society. To that extent, Governor Darius Ishaku since assuming office in 2015 has placed the state on a high pedestral leading to empirical achievements. Since May 29 2015 when he Read More

‘Nigeria will require $2.3trn in 30 years to bridge Infrastructure gap’

March 18, 2021 Edet Udoh 0

The only way to effectively address the massive infrastructural deficit that the country faces is by Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement in one form or the other,” the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said. Citing statistics from Nigerian Integrated Infrastructure Masterplan (NIIMP) and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020 to buttress his point, the Vice President noted that Read More

Stakeholders task agric ministries on funding

March 17, 2021 Auwal Ahmad 0

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have called on ministries of agriculture at both state and federal levels to increase funding to the agriculture sector to enhance food production. Rising from a one-day state level dialogue on the Nigeria agriculture sector performance on the second Africa Union biennial review report sponsored by ActionAid in conjunction with Hope for the lonely, the Read More

Fayemi’s antidote to underdevelopment

March 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state hit the bull’s eye a fortnight ago when he said Nigeria remained underdeveloped and an infant at 60 because of foundational errors and concentration of power in the centre, while calling for devolution of power and fiscal federalism to allow Nigeria attain greatness. Addressing a lecture at the Arewa House at 50 anniversary in Read More

Ahead farming season, ministry trains extension agents in Edo

March 11, 2021 Patrick Ahanor 0

Ahead of the 2021 farming season, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Thursday, concluded a four-day training for 30 agricultural extension agents in Edo state.Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Sabo Nanono, said the training became necessary in other to expose and equip the agents with best global agricultural practice.Nanono said: “this training is one of several Read More

As ARCN reels out scorecard…

March 7, 2021 Editorial IV 0

For years, stakeholders have wondered if the research institutes in Nigeria are alive to their responsibilities, but the Executive Secretary of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Professor  Garba Sharubutu, recently reeled out the achievements of the organisation, JOHN OBA reports. Experts across the nation over the years have continuously analysed the importance of research and the Research Institutes to Read More

Investments in Anchor Borrowers paying off – Bagudu

March 3, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

Kebbi state Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has said investments in the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme were already paying off, with the attendant multiplier effects on the economy and Nigeria’s food security . A statement by the governor’s special adviser on media, Yahaya Sarki quoted Bagudu as saying this Tuesday at the commemoration of the Rice Anchor Borrowers’ Programme , National Rice Read More

Foundation empowers farmers with N1.5m grant ahead planting season in A/Ibom

March 2, 2021 Uko Etim, 0

As the planting season is slowly getting closer Prince Mendy Archibong’s Life Foundation has disbursed grants to the tune of 1,500,000 naira to farmers in Akwa Ibom. The Foundation, a non-governmental organization made the donation on Monday at Obot Akara Local Government Area of the state. The beneficiaries, who were mainly women numbering 30, selected across the 11 Wards of Read More

WaterAids’ scale-up hygiene project benefits 21m people in 6 states

March 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Heineken Africa Foundation, WaterAid Nigeria, civil society organisations and the government of Nigeria have celebrated a seven-month project that expanded hygiene access for marginalised and vulnerable communities in six states of Bauchi, Benue, Ekiti, Enugu, Kaduna and Oyo. The N284 million Scale-Up Hygiene project which was aimed at complementing government’s efforts in reducing the spread of the coronavirus disease Read More

Farmers task FG on support for healthy, resilient food system

March 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

Farmers at a dialogue organised by Health of Mother Health Foundation (HOMEF) recently has called for increased productivity and for a resilient food system while also urging the government to put a ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). This is even as they also tasked the government on support for farmers to produce food in healthy and sustainable ways. The Read More