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FG Determined to Ensure Food Security for Nigerians – Agric. Minister

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Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is deeply concerned about rising food prices and is determined to make essential food readily available to Nigerians at affordable prices.

The minister announced that grains will be released to needy Nigerians from different locations in the country in collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to make the process seamless and successful.

Senator Kyari gave the assurances while speaking at the maiden edition of the Ministerial Press Briefing Series organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in Abuja.

  • Apart from distributing grains to Nigerians to stem the rising wave of hunger in the land, the minister said that the ministry had also adopted various measures to produce more food so that the country would no longer experience food shortages and high prices.

    Senator Abubakar Kyari
    Minister of Agriculture and Food Security

He explained that 120,000 hectares of land will be cultivated for wheat and 150,000 hectares for rice to make food available to Nigerians within the year.
The minister said that food security was partially challenged by many factors, including flooding and insecurity, and that Nigeria’s population has also been growing rapidly.

Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of information and national orientation, Mohammed Idris said the Ministerial Press Briefing Series initiative is aimed at enhancing transparency and public engagement.

“We are determined to restore trust, confidence, and credibility to public communications. The MPBS will create a platform for direct dialogue between senior government officials and the press, addressing critical issues and providing citizens with accurate and timely information.”

The series, according to Idris, aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope vision and focuses on five key pillars: to restore trust, amplify policies and programmes, reorient national values, modernise technology and talent, and create an enabling environment for the media.

Muhammad Idris MInister-information and National Orientation

Minister Idris emphasised the importance of responsible media coverage: “Our objective is to enlighten, inform, and educate Nigerians and the world. Together, we can ensure everyone is informed through credible and timely information.”

“The MPBS promises to be a valuable tool for transparency, accountability, and public engagement. “This is just the beginning. We will continue to refine and improve our engagement with the media and the people, building a better future for all Nigerians.”

In attendance were Senior Special Assistant to the President on Information and Strategy, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and National Orientation, Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe, and Chief Executive Officers of agencies under the Ministry.

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FG, States, LGCs Share N1,208 billion April 2024 Revenue

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Again Fulani Terrorists Attack Omala LGA, Kill 3 in Ajokpachi

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Barely a few weeks after a deadly attack by Fulani herdsmen on the Agojeju-odo Community in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State,  another community has suffered the same fate.

The Dare Devil Fulani Bandits on Tuesday launched a deadly attack on the Ajokpachi Odo Community, a neighbouring Community killing no fewer than three persons, and carting away Motorbikes, foodstuff while scores of people still missing.
The attack was said to have occurred when the Youths in the area on surveillance mission were ambushed and killed  by the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.
According to the locals , the fulani militia who have been engaging in fierce battle with the Agatus in Benue state for over a week now were relocating when they met the   youths who were holding a meeting in Ajokpachi Odo and openedfire on them.,
Among the confirmed dead were Musa Sule from Ajokpachi Odo , one youth from Bagaji Odo and another one from Ajomachi, a border village in Benue state who were attending  the meeting on how to protect their communities.

Victims of the Fulani herdsmen attack on Agojeju-odo

Unconfirmed reports have it that the terrorists have also earmarked other communities in the local government for similar attacks. This has resulted in the desertion of Agbenema, Opada, Ajedegbo and surrounding communities whose inhabitants are moving in droves to Abejukolo the local government headquarters.
SunriseNigeria could not reach the Divisional Police Officer of the local government as his line could not be reached.
However a Community Leader , Nifu Abuka, who spent all night in the bush for fear of his life  as a result of the incident, said since  the heinous attack on  Agojeju Odo, his people have been sleeping with one eye closed.
He added that the porous security situation in the area has made them vulnerable to incessant Fulani attacks and called on relevant government agencies to come to their rescue.
He explained that the age long  feud between Agatu and Fulani in Benue and Nasarawa states have made his community, which share boundary with Agatu in Benue state -susceptible to attack.
In an interview with our correspondent, a prominent indigene of the local government, Dr James Odaudu reiterated the age-long calls by stakeholders for the establishment of a military base,  especially the Navy, in the area,  since the marauders usually cross the River Benue from the neighbouring Nasarawa State to attack the Agatus in Benue state and and communities in Omala LGA in Kogi State.
He called on the Federal and Benue  state Governments to urgently deploy permanent Security outfits to the communities to save them from unwarranted
deaths in the hands of the heavily armed Fulani herdsmen who have taken over their farms and the  deserted  villages.
According to him, the people are tired of the usual condolences by those whose responsibility it is to protect them and said if left unchecked, the bandits will overrun not only the local government, but the whole of Igala Kingdom.
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Submit Yourself to the Law, Tinubu Media Group Tells Yahaya Bello

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The Tinubu Media Support Group, TMSG, has urged the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to heed the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, and submit himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the court of law.

According to the group, it has become necessary for Bello to clear himself of allegations of financial malfeasance while in office.

In a statement issued Sunday and jointly signed by its Chairman, Emeka Nwankpa and Secretary, Dapo Okubanjo, the group described the stand-off between the former governor and the EFCC as unnecessary, saying it is an affront on the sanctity of the law and the integrity of the President’s war against corruption.

The statement said: “We have carefully watched all the drama and subterfuge that continue to trail the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Governor Yahaya Bello, a senior member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the curious attempts to politicize the routine matter of the request by the graft fighting agency to ask former Governor Bello to meet with its investigators.

“For us, the intervention of the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, asking the former Kogi governor to subject himself to EFCC’s scrutiny is a clear signal in this regard, not only on the position of law, but also on the stance of the President Bola Tinubu administration on anti- corruption.

“It should be clear by now to all Nigerians that strict accountability in governance occupies a cardinal place in President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. To serve this purpose, his government has shown zero tolerance to cases of corruption since assuming office.

According to the statement, the EFCC, by inviting the former governor Yahaya Bello, like it did with past and previous officials of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and others, is in tandem with its policy and character to nurture a culture of probity and accountability in governance.

The group added that as a staunch member of the APC, Bello has no reason to fear.

“We urge him to heed the advice of the Attorney General and make himself available to EFCC’s investigators as required by extant laws.

“We also advise members of the ruling party who have been up in arms against the anti- graft agency to be circumspect in their reaction to the issue,” the group added.

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