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Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN) Boosts Wheat Farming in Jigawa State

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FMAN Wheat Development’s programme manager, Dr Samaila Aliyu revealed this while speaking at the “Green Field Day” organised for stakeholders to visit farms and engage directly with farmers.

He said the aim of the “Green Field Day” visit was for FMAN to showcase to stakeholders and the general public that wheat production is feasible and attainable in Nigeria, and with current developments in the sector, the country has all it takes to become self-sufficient in the nearest future.

FMAN believes that with genuine commitment from all stakeholders, Nigeria can become a wheat exporter in the nearest future.

“FMAN is currently collaborating with farmers, governments, research institutes, traditional leaders, the media and general the public in supporting wheat production in 17 states of the federation.

“What we are seeing now at Yandutse village of Ringim local government of Jigawa State is clear evidence of FMAN’s efforts to encourage domestic wheat production for self-reliance, job creation, poverty eradication, growth and development,” he stated.

FMAN commended the Jigawa State governor, Malam Umar Namadi for his commitment in supporting wheat production in the state and Nigeria in general.

Chairman of Wheat Farmers Association, Jigawa State, Malam Mujtaba Bayi thanked FMAN for its support and intervention which encouraged many people to join wheat farming in the state and also contributed in making Jigawa State to become a leading wheat production state in Nigeria.

 

Following interventions from the Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN), wheat farmers in Jigawa state anticipate achieving the highest harvest in the state’s history.

Alhaji Mujtaba Bayi, Chairman of the Wheat Farmers Association in Jigawa, revealed this during the Wheat Farmers Green Field Day held on Wednesday in Ringim local government area.

Bayi commended FMAN’s interventions for contributing to food security and reducing youth unemployment, acknowledging the support from the state governor, Malam Umar Namadi.

Last year, 3,000 wheat farmers benefited, and this year, with increased support from the state administration, around 8,000 wheat farmers in Jigawa benefited from FMAN interventions.

Alhaji Mujtaba assured a bumper wheat harvest, attributing the success to the collaboration with grassroots farmers and the support received from FMAN. The interventions included improved and certified wheat seeds, fertilizers, agro-chemicals, and advice from extension workers.

 

 

 

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Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic

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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

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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

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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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