Odds against use of Chemical fertilizers

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Over the years, it is believed that increasing use of fertilizers is key for raising agricultural productivity and reducing poverty, but experts have raised concern over the health and environmental implications of using chemical fertilizers, JOHN OBA reports.  Fertilizer For many farmers in Nigeria, the use of chemical fertilizer like Nitrogen, NPK etc is essential to increased yield, but evidence Read More

Need to give Nigeria’s aquatic sector adequate attention

July 11, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria fisheries sector is an essential part of the country’s economic diversification plan hence recent stakeholders dialogue on the sector’s transformation and adequate attention. JOHN OBA reports. The UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) recently concluded that fish is “crucial to any debate and action to reduce poverty and improve food security and Read More

Taraba Commissioner denies diversion of farm inputs

July 4, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

. The Taraba state Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural resources, Dr. David Ishaya Kassa, on Sunday debunked allegations by some farmers that his ministry colluded with top goverment functionaries to divert farm inputs provided by the state government for distribution to farmers. Kassa who stated this during an exclusive interview with Blueprint said the allegation was a blatant lie from the pit Read More

NALDA agribusiness strides, one year after

June 22, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The clamour for making agriculture a business is only being achieved with the National Agriculture Land Development Authority’s (NALDA) arrival into the Agriculture scene JOHN OBA reports. On June 1, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari took a decision that will rate his administration as one of the most futuristic in the history of Nigeria when it comes to agricultural development with Read More

NALDA agribusiness strides, one year after

June 20, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The clamour for making agriculture a business is only being achieved with the National Agriculture Land Development Authority’s (NALDA) arrival into the Agriculture scene JOHN OBA reports. On June 1, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari took a decision that will rate his administration as one of the most futuristic in the history of Nigeria when it comes to agricultural development with Read More

Gbagyis, Egbas, what they have in common

June 20, 2021 Editorial III 0

The Gbagyis and Egbas are ethnic groups in Nigeria in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Ogun, one is known for farming and the other for entrepreneurial skills.The two groups though far apart in geographical location, still have something in common.The Egbas are a subgroup of the Yorubas, an ethnic group of western Nigeria, a majority of whom are from Read More

Banana Village: From swamp to shelter

June 20, 2021 Editorial III 0

A retired civil servant, Mr Jacob Akpaso, moved to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with his family after his retirement in 1977 in search of greener pasture. The Akwa Ibom native told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  that he moved from Lagos to Abuja and started farming to make a living. Akpaso said the need for shelter made him Read More

Imo killing spreads, hoodlums behead 2, raze ex-AG’s home

The Imo State Police Command Wednesday confirmed an attack on the country home of a lawmaker representing Orsu constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr Ekene Nnodimele. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro, confirmed this to journalists in Owerri, the state capital. Yaro said during the attack which took place at about 1.00 am Wednesday, the hoodlums also beheaded a Read More

Borno’s journey in 2 years

June 14, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Being text of Borno state Governor Babagana Umara Zulum’s statewide broadcast to commemorate Democracy Day (June 12, 2021) and his two years anniversary Fellow citizens,  It has been two years since we took the oath of office, following the overwhelming mandate you, the good people of Borno State, entrusted in us during the 2019 democratic transition.  In these two years, we Read More

NYSC signs MoU with NALDA to boost agric productivity

June 9, 2021 John Oba 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to boost food production in the country.Director-General of NYSC, Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this  during the signing of the MoU at the NYSC national directorate headquarters in Abuja, Tuesday. He commended NALDA which had recently trained sixty-eight corps members Read More

Constitution review: Multiple demands, challenging task

June 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Since inauguration of the House of Representatives’ special committee for a further review of the 1999 constitution, there have been inflow of demands by stakeholders on what should be added, altered or removed from the extant document. JOSHUA EGBODO writes on the issues, and the challenging task before the deputy speaker, Idris Wase-led panel Key issuesOn Monday March, 22, 2021, Read More

France, Kwara consider ties in agric, tourism

June 2, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

French Ambassador to Nigeria Jarome Pasquire has expressed readiness of the francophone nation to strengthen its ties with Kwara state especially in the area of agriculture, cultural exchanges, trade relations, and tourism development. “We visited the economic side, cultural side, training, agriculture and we have been able to see how many projects Your Excellency has done in the last two Read More

Jonathan, 14 governors, ministers, others bag Blueprint newspapers’ awards

May 30, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan would be conferred with ‘Blueprint Newspapers’ Icon of Democracy in Africa Award’ at the 2020 Impact Series/Awards ceremony scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 3, 2021 in Abuja.A statement issued by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Blueprint Newspapers Limited Malam Salisu Umar said the ex-president is considered worthy of the recognition because of his Read More

Kwara Gov launches new tractors, implements to boost food security

May 27, 2021 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara state governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commissioned 15 new tractors and several modern farm implements, to boost agricultural mechanisation in line with his transformation plan . The governor said the whole focus of the transformation plan is “to achieve food security, sustainable growth, and create jobs”. Other implements launched included ploughs, harrows, ridgers, and a mobile workshop to properly manage Read More

Ban on open grazing ‘ll end bloodshed – Sen. Ekpenyong

May 25, 2021 Uko Etim 0

Senator Christopher Ekpenyong, representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial district, in Akwa Ibom state has said that the recent ban of open cattle grazing will end the constant clash between herders and farmers. Southern governors had few weeks ago banned open grazing in their part of the country. Ekpenyong who spoke on Tuesday in an interview in Uyo, described the action of Read More

Issues in the PVP Bill

May 23, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Since the passage of the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Bill by the 9th National Assembly recently, which awaits the President’s assent, several stakeholders have been at loggerheads over the benefits or danger of the bill to the Nigerian food security sector. JOHN OBA reports. Yes, without doubt, the seed sector is the most important sub-sector in the entire value chain Read More

Group decries plot to ‘blackmail’ Buratai, other ex-service chiefs

May 21, 2021 Editor 0

The Nigeria First movement has said a grand plot is underway to blackmail the immediate past Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), and other recently retired service chiefs. According to the group, a well-orchestrated campaign of calumny is already in motion with a report aimed to denigrate their personalities and incredible track record while in service Read More

USAID distributes 9m books to schools in Sokoto, Bauchi

May 19, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has concluded its five-year education flagship activity, the Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI Plus), that introduced new local language early grade reading approach that was adopted by six Nigerian states. USAID in a press statement stated that the programme which was implemented in close partnership with Bauchi and Sokoto states, and in collaboration Read More

Food Security: U.S. Ambassador joins Kebbi gov to launch partnership with WACOT Rice

May 19, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The U.S. Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, Tuesday, joined the Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Bagudu, and private and public-sector stakeholders committed to ensuring food security in Nigeria to launch a new co-investment partnership between the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub and the indigenous firm WACOT Rice. A press statement by the Embassy said, “The partnership promises to improve Read More

Troops kill 4 bandits’ commanders, 48 others in Zamfara, rescue 18 hostages, recover arms

The Nigerian Army Monday said troops deployed in the fight against bandits in the North-west region of the country, have killed 48 bandits and rescued 18 persons held hostage in the first phase of its newly launched Operation Tsare Mutane to flush out criminals. Among the bandits killed were four top commanders namely; Yellow Mai-Bille, Sani Meli, Dan-Katsina and Sama’ila Bakajin Read More

At 34, Cavani signs new Man United contract

May 10, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Edinson Cavani has put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension with Manchester United, according to reports. Cavani, 34, only joined United on a one-year deal in the previous summer and autumn transfer window, meaning he was set to become a free agent at the end of June. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been determined to tie the Uruguay striker, Read More

Nigeria and Nigerians—but why?

Let me start my admonition this week with a usual unusual, an unexplained norm within our political space and leadership sphere. Who amongst us has understood the idea, principle or workings of office holders going to functions late, and then blaring away sirens, racing in breakneck speed, which in not just one case, in that mad rush, their convoys have been responsible for Read More

How NYSC boss turned its fortunes around

May 9, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Against all odds, in just two years, the 19th Director-General of the National Youth Services Corps (NYSC) Brigadier General Shuaib Ibrahim, has turned the scheme into a money spinning venture. JOHN OBA reports. Youth in agriculture The government’s diversification plan brought out the need for youth to engage in agriculture and the need to modify agricultural practices as business and Read More