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FG trains sugarcane farmers in North-East, North-West on seed cane production



The Trained Farmers


The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has begun a two-day training for smallholder sugarcane farmers in North-East, North-West on seed cane production.

Declaring the training open on Tuesday in Kano, the Minister, Malam Mahmud Abubakar, said that access to quality seed canes had become a challenge in the country, leading to low yield.

The minister, represented by the Desk Officer, Sugarcane Value Chain, Sama’Ila Shiko, said the training would go a long way in boosting the production of the raw material for sugar production in the country.

He said that the farmers were drawn from Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi Katsina, Zamfara, Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba States.

He said that the capacity building of smallholder sugarcane farmers in community-based seed cane production was crucial to boosting the yield.

The minister further said that the training was part of the strategies to build the capacity of small-holder sugarcane farmers through the sugarcane value chain.

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According to him, the training will improve sugarcane production technologies and marketing of seed cane with a view to establishing linkages within the sub-sector and provide support to the farmers to further enhance their farming business.

“The training is crucial as it will no doubt strengthen your ability to produce sugarcane at a scale that can potentially help the country close the deficit in both domestic sugarcane and sugar production,” he said.

He said that after the training, the farmers would be given a set of input package, including 10kg certified seedcane, 2 litres each of Liquid Organic Fertilizer, Herbicides and Insecticides as part of the renewed support by the ministry.

Abubakar restated the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting the agricultural sector, in order to realise its potentials of driving an inclusive economic growth, achieving food and nutrition security as well as creating job opportunities for the unemployed.

In a remark, the Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Kano, Alhaji Abba Yamani, urged the participants to utilise the experience they acquired from the training to improve their production.

Yamani also urged them to share the knowledge with other farmers.
Some of the participants, who spoke to our correspondent thanked the ministry for the training and promised to step down the knowledge to others.


Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic




Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.


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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso



President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro



Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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