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Gov Bello seeks support of Export Promotion Council toward increased farmers’ productivity

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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has sought the support of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) towards increasing farmers’ productivity in Niger State, Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State revealed in a statement.


The Governor, who was received by the Executive Director (ED) of the Organization, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo in Abuja, said the state desires to partner with the council in various aspect, especially in agriculture to help boost farmers’ productivity in the State.


He enumerated some of the areas to include provision of improved seedlings, equipment and other agro-allied inputs to the farmers, suggesting that an institutional framework should be designed where the state government takes control, purchases produce through the establishment of a ‘one-stop-shop’.


Governor Sani Bello explained that the one-stop-shop, if established, will lead to job creation, increase revenue to the government as well as enhance the nation’s Gross Domestic Product GDP. 
He also solicited NEPC’s intervention in the establishment of domestic warehouses, fishery development, Shea Butter Development, Sesame Seed cultivation and other cash crops as well as capacity building for the farmers.


The governor said, to achieve the above mentioned objectives, there is the need to set up a sustainable joint system to work with and to ensure it functions effectively and efficiently.
“We have to set-up a robust administrative system to ensure that there is no abuse, no misuse and ensure accountability because that also can be a problem”, he said.


The governor maintained that Agriculture will play a crucial role in the ‘zero-effort’ economy which the Federal government intends to achieve.
The Executive Director of NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo commended the state for establishing Export Commodity Agency, adding that the Organization has already considered partnering the state especially in the area of Shea Butter as it is blessed with abundance of Shea trees.
He said the Governor’s visit has further confirmed commitment of the State government in partnering with NEPC having understood the mutual benefits the partnership will yield particularly now that the presidency has fully supported the NEPC especially towards achieving the zero-oil economy in the country.



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First all-female mechanic workshop opens in Sokoto

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The Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, has commissioned the first female mechanic workshop in Sokoto State.

The workshop is a private initiative of NANA Girls and Women Empowerment Initiative, aimed at breaking the gender stereotype in car repairs and maintenance.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Aliyu congratulated the newly trained female mechanics, urging them to work hard in order to achieve greater heights.

He said: “I am proud that this is happening right here. This is really big, it is the type of news that needs to be read in international magazines and be seen on places like CNN,

“When we do this we are not just empowering women or girls, we are empowering the very fabric of society and humanity.

“I’m very delighted that this is happening and to see this being spearheaded here is truly amazing,” he added.


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Abuja, Ibadan, Zaria, others shut down as fuel scarcity bites harder

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Scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) petrol on Monday persisted in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Aside Abuja, cities including Ibadan, Zaria and others are experiencing hard times with the scarcity of fuel.

While some of the outlets were under lock and key, other opened were not selling petrol.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had said plans are not underway to increase the price in this month of March 2021.

Warning the marketers to desist from hoarding the product, it urged the consumers not to engage in panic buying of the product.

According to the statement that the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru issued, NNPC has enough stock of petrol that can supply the nation for over 40 days.

It urged the relevant monitoring agencies to sanction hoarders and those that hike the pump price arbitrarily.

He said: “The Corporation stated that it has enough stock of petrol to keep the nation well supplied for over 40 days and urged motorists to avoid panic buying.

It further called on relevant regulatory authorities to step up monitoring of the activities of marketers with a view to sanctioning those involved in products hoarding or arbitrary increase of pump price”.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), National Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Maigandi, insisted that the private depots had no product and were not selling to marketers.

According to him, NNPC depots were also not selling to the marketers.

He challenged the corporation to use this week to prove petrol availability to the consumers.


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Breaking: Makinde reopens Shasha market

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Oyo state Governor Seyi Makinde on Tuesday announced immediate reopening  of the Shasha market in Ibadan shut down during the bloody clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders two weeks ago.

The governor stated this at a meeting with the leaders of the Hausa and Yoruba warring communities at the state Government, House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

Governor Makinde pointed out that the decision to reopen the market was necessitated by the declining economic situation and the peculiarities associated with the state, and that he would reopen the market for the traders to continue with their commercial activities.

More to come…


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