Following Monday’s impeachment of former deputy governor of Ondo, Alhaji Ali Olanusi by the Members of the state House of Assembly, the Ondo state commissioner for Agriculture Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo has been nominated as the new deputy governor of the state.
This followed a letter written by the state governor Dr Olusegun Mimiko to the House of Assembly nominating him to replaced the impeached deputy governor Alhaji Ali Olanusi.
The State House of Assembly is at present sitting to approve the nominee.
NigerianEye had earlier reported that the former Deputy governor Alhaji Ali Olanusi was Monday morning impeached.
The impeachment motion was moved by the Majority Leader, Henry Akinsoyinu, who revealed that the seven impeachable offences of gross misconduct and abuse of office levelled against the Deputy Governor have been proved.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has warned officials of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration to desist from creating more problems for the incoming government of General Muhammadu Buhari.
The party also decried the reported allegations of last minute looting of the nation’s resources and the hurried recruitment into public service and rushed privatization of key financial institutions by the administration claiming such egregious actions will have serious repercussion.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, he said the party has been inundated with calls and messages by concerned Nigerians alerting the party of unscrupulous actions of some officials in the government of President Jonathan.
He said, “While the Jonathan Administration remains in office till midnight of May 28, governance in the country will not stop because a new President has been elected but the outgoing Administration must not create any more problems for the incoming government than it had already done or to tie the new government’s hands through some suspicious actions”.
“For example, the National Council on Privatization which is headed by the Vice President has just approved the financial bid opening for transaction advisers for the privatization of the three Development Finance Institutions in the country, the Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Commodity Exchange. The question is: What is the rationale for rushing this exercise with just weeks left for this administration? Also, there have been reports yet un-refuted of a planned hurried recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) after a previous attempt ended in a national tragedy and the fleecing of innocent job seekers by mindless federal government officials. Apart from the fact that this last-minute recruitment is suspect, it is irregular” he added.
Mohammed went further, ”The Civil Defense, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPSB) is only empowered to recruit, promote and discipline only senior officers (levels 8 and above). The power to recruit, promote and discipline junior officers is vested in the different services, in this case the Nigeria Immigration Service. Therefore, the recruitment exercise now being conducted by the Federal Civil Service under the auspices of the Presidential Committee to Assist on Immigration Recruitment usurps the functions of the Board as it relates to recruitment of Senior Officers (level 08) and that of the Immigration Service as it relates to Junior Officers (levels 07 and below)”.
He, however, said the APC will not waste time in probing the Jonathan administration, but will get down to work upon assumption of office.
“While it is true that the incoming Buhari Administration will not get itself bogged down by an endless probe of the activities of the Jonathan Administration, all actions taken since the result of the March 28 presidential election was announced may come under the searchlight”.
The party also questioned the rationale behind the rush in the recruitment exercise and privatizations.
He stressed, “We do not know if this report as well as others is true. But if indeed these rushed privatizations and hurried recruitment exercises – in the twilight of the Jonathan Administration – are true, they raise serious questions concerning the reasons behind such actions. We are therefore compelled to call on President Jonathan to call his Administration officials to order lest they engage in actions that can later embarrass his Administration”.
The APC, to be able to hit the ground running so as to deliver on some of the many campaign promises made to Nigerians, there are three key ministerial appointments that must be subjected to the strictest test of competence. They are finance, education and agriculture.
Agriculture is perhaps the most important sector that will drive the change the incoming government seeks. This sector has the capacity to solve three key problems – revenue, jobs and food security. Akinwunmi Adesina, the present Minister for Agriculture, has performed well in growing this sector. Widely seen as the best performing member of the current cabinet, the minister has succeeded in transiting agriculture from a development programme to a business capable of surpassing oil in revenue for the nation.
Adesina should be retained and allowed to continue his reforms, while keying into the APC manifesto to explore ways of powering new reforms that will achieve accelerated growth in the sector. An increased private sector participation in the agricultural rebirth would be needed to drive this process. If the APC gets it right in this sector, and sooner than later, Nigerians will begin to feel the change it represents; while the party buys itself time to face the more problematic sectors such as power and petroleum that would understandably prove to be tougher nuts to crack.
No fewer than 50 former Niger Delta militants are expected to undergo training at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) as part of the Federal Government’s amnesty programme.
PM NEWS reports that the ex militants will be trained in various aspects of agriculture at the higher institution of learning.
According to a don of the institution, Dr Kayode Akinyemi, while speaking at a press conference on Monday ahead of the 21st and 22nd Convocation of the university, the ex-militants will be trained in poultry science, crop improvement, livestock production, environmental management and other areas of agriculture.
The lecturer, who is the Director of Academic Planning at the institution, said that: “The programme is a brainchild of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and this institution was chosen on the strength that FUNAAB is now a centre of excellence in agricultural development and sustainable environment.
“Arrangement is on to train the former Niger Delta agitators in some agricultural practices that will eventually lead them to acquiring some competence, thereby becoming engaged.”
Akinyemi also stated that the aim of the programme is to rehabilitate and resettle the former militants, adding that the programme will start soon.
“This programme is part of the efforts to rehabilitate these ex-militants. It is going to be for three months, a short term training, which will later snowball into degree and Post-graduate degree programme. The Federal Government is going to be responsible for the payment of the fees for the 50 first batch students,” Akinyemi stated.
The State Government of Osun has restated its commitment to the production of quality cocoa and other agricultural produce for the economic advancement of the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Wale Adedoyin, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo on Tuesday that the government had commenced the enumeration of cocoa trees to ensure effective management.
He said the enumeration was one of the measures put in place to boost cocoa production in the state.
According to him, All Farmers Association of Nigeria and other farmers’ unions in the state are cooperating with the government on the efforts to boost activities in the agriculture sector.
The commissioner said the enumeration would assist the government in the provision of statistics for inputs, financial support and other incentives for cocoa farmers.
He said the government had inaugurated a committee on cocoa tree enumeration, adding that it involved all the stakeholders in cocoa production.
The commissioner said other measures had also been worked out to boost the production of food crops in the state.
“Any Agricultural venture that does not lead to the production of sufficient food for the citizens of any society is a failure”
These were the words of the Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola while speaking as the guest speaker at the Executive plenary of the maiden edition of ” Agbeloba Agric-Buisness Forum” put together by the Ekiti state government at the Ikogosi warm spring resort in Ekiti state.
Speaking further at the event which has as its theme; Engaging Ekiti State Resources to Develop Competitive Agri-Food Sector, Ogbeni Aregbesola said the best assistance the federal government can give to farmers is to set a guaranteed minimum price on agricultural products so as to encourage more people especially the youths into the business of agriculture.
While highlighting the huge economic value of agricultural products, Ogbeni Aregbesola said that the food needs of Lagos alone is enough to serve as a ready market for any state who can invest in the sector saying that the food needs of Lagos alone is worth 3.5billion naira on daily basis which can enable any state that can key into it to earn about 350million naira daily.
The Governor noted that the significance of the forum is that it will open the eyes of many to the opportunities that have been wasted as a result of not committing essential resources into the sector which is capable of giving the nation hope and guarantee the future stressing that a nation that can not feed itself is dead .
Ogbeni Aregbesola who noted that any nation that depends on others for food is non existent pointed out that the 11billion dollars that Nigeria spends on the importation of food is not sustainable and makes the nation vulnerable saying that it is shameful that Nigeria is the biggest importer of fish and the second largest importer of rice in the world.
He explained that the school feeding programme in the state of Osun is already making millionaires out of the poultry business because about 300,000 eggs is needed on a daily basis which makes the state to look elsewhere to neighbouring states of Oyo and Kwara to be able to meet the demand thereby encouraging states to look inward and develop the agricultural sector.
Lagos state Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola frowned at the high level of importation of food, drinks among other things which he said was negatively affecting the nation’s economy.
While calling on Nigerians not to waste the fertile land which the country has been blessed with, the Lagos state Governor pointed out that the structure of the federal government is too far away from the grass roots thereby making it impossible for her to positively affect people’s lives.
Also speaking at the event, the host Governor, Doctor Kayode Fayemi appreciated the federal government’s efforts in the sector and stressed the need to solve the bureaucratic bottleneck in the Ministry of Agriculture so as as to give room for effective implementation of government policies.
While assuring that his administration would continue to do all withing its capacity to ensure food production and empower farmers, Dr Fayemi urged the people to also endeavour to engage in agriculture at the micro level.
Senator representing Taraba South who is also the Chairman ,Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Emmanuel Buacha said the focus of the forum is to ensure that the youths are adequately accommodated in the agric transformation agenda of the country and also to encourage a synergy between the federal, state and the local governments.
While commending the Ekiti state government for taking the lead in the agenda that is very germane to the federal government in the transformation agenda, the Senator noted that the issue of raising the bar in the area of agriculture is not about party or politics saying that the lip service paid to the agric sector in the past has caused the under -development of the sector.
Senator Buachi who said the nation is making other countries rich at the expense of Nigeria’s economy through importation called for radical reform by encouraging the youths to go into farming stressing that state governments should not see it as the job of the federal government alone.
The forum which has brought together the who -is -who in the agric sector is expected to run for three days.
In recognition of his quest to enhance wealth through massive increase in food production and agriculture, the governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday bagged an Award in Rwanda for his sterling performance in Agriculture.
The governor was presented with an award for “Innovative Agricultural Policy and Practice for Inclusive AgriBusiness Development in Africa” at the EMRC AgriBusiness Forum 2013 held at the Serena Hotel, Kigali Rwanda.
The AgriBusiness Forum 2013 with the theme “The Agri-Food sector: A catalyst for sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Africa was co-organised by EMRC and Rwanda Ministry for Agriculture and Animal Resources.
The Rwanda Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi who was the Guest of Honour in his keynote address stressed that no nation can be said to be developed without it developing its Agriculture.
He urged participants at the forum not to treat with kids glove the deliberation on the importance of Agriculture and Agric Business for development of Africa.
“This forum must be at his best to spotlights the important business opportunities agriculture and agribusiness can provide Sub-Saharan Africa.
“The Agri-Food sector must be a catalyst for sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa, therefore all hands must be on deck to ensure that investors come to Sub-Sahara of Africa.” Habumuremyi pointed out.
EMRC presenting the Project Incubator Award to Aregbesola who is one of the recipients for his effort at developing Agriculture in the state of Osun held that after carefully studying the state’s exploit in Agriculture, it decided to honour the governor.
The governor in his determination to frontally engage the social cankers of poverty, hunger, and unemployment started the Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme(O’REAP) to train youth in farming.
A total of 610 O’YES Cadets were trained last year at the O’REAP Youth Academy Farm Centres located across the nine Federal Constituencies in the state, with selected participants at 20 per Local Government and 10 from Ife East Area Office.
This year’s edition of the O’REAP Youth Academy, witnessed a significant rise in the number of youth participants, each of the 332 wards in the state is fairly represented with three O’YES Cadets per ward, accounting for 996 Cadets to be trained in modern agriculture at the nine training centres of the O’REAP Youth Academy.
The commitment of the governor to raise agriculture from subsistence to mechanised farming is one of the major reasons for sending 40 youths to Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
According to the governor, this training is in continuation of government’s drive to revolutionise agriculture in the state under the O’REAP and boost food productions for local consumption as well as export.
The administration is providing the necessary infrastructure and support for farmers with inputs, which requires supplying them with inputs such as improved seedlings, fertiliser and fumigants among others; giving them hundreds of thousand of already prepared hectares of land.
The State of Osun delegation to South Africa on the development of Oil Palm plantation and Sugar cane plantation with Industrial Development Group based in South Africa arrived in Johanesburg early this morning. Later today they will meet with the IDG members to work on the modalities of putting a Memorandum of understanding in place that will later be signed with the IDG team they come to Osogbo, State of Osun. This is another initiative of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola’s administion to further boost the economy of the State by partnering with those who have got experience in commercial agriculture such as IDG TEAM based in South Africa.
The State delegation is lead by the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security Mr. Adewale Adedoyin. In the delegation are:
Engr . Olusegun Aduroja Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Strategy, Engr . Oriolowo PS Ministry of Water Resources, Community Development and Rural Infrastructure, Director Agriculture Supplies, Director Legal Services in the Ministry of Justice and Project Manager Tree Crops also of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Engr. Olusegun Aduroja Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Strategy
The commitment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration to raise agriculture from subsistence to mechanized farming is one of the major reasons for sending 20 youths to Germany.
The governor stated this at a send-off ceremony for Batch A of 40 youths being sponsored to Germany for advanced training in agriculture and food production technology the in State of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
According to the governor, this training is in continuation of government’s drive to revolutionise agriculture in the state under the Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O’REAP) and boost food productions for local consumption as well as export.
He said the administration is providing the necessary infrastructure and support for farmers with inputs, which requires supplying them with inputs such as improved seedlings, fertilizer and fumigants among others; giving them hundreds of thousands of hectares of already prepared farmlands
Besides, he added that government is liaising with reputable local and international partners –such as Institute for Agricultural Research and Training (IRA&T), and International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), at Ibadan – for assistance in the area of technical knowledge that will boost production and make farming easier, more interesting and more profitable.
The trainees will undergo a four-week intensive course in an agricultural training school where they will be exposed to the rudiments of modern agriculture and food crop production techniques.
This will also be followed by another eight weeks of attachment trainings under 11 large-scale co-operative farmers in Saxony-Anhalt to enable them to learn more and build on the assessed capacities and interests they have acquired during the first four weeks of training.
The state government of Osun has committed hundreds of billions of naira to agricultural sector in the last two and a half years of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration, the Acting Chairman of the state chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Elder Adelowo Adebiyi has disclosed.
The party chairman, who spoke at the 3rd Annual Business Retreat of the Osun Business Men’s Club held in Osogbo at the weekend, said Aregbesola’s government systematically pumped money into the sector like no other governor had done in the history of the country.
Represented by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, the ACN boss disclosed that farmers in the state earned over N60 million as profits from proceeds realised from the sales of their farm products with the assistance given to them to aid their farming by the state government.
He stated that the state has created jobs for unemployed graduates and youths through its agricultural programmes, adding that over 3,000 jobs have been created through agriculture by the present administration in the state.
The ACN Chairman disclosed further that the interest of the Aregbesola administration in the agricultural sector has helped at improving the economy of the state, pointing out that 25 new poultry-rearing facilities among other farm settlements had been set up by the state government.
Adebiyi, who saluted Aregbesola’s courage since he assumed office as the fourth Executive Governor of the state, noted that “after Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Aregbesola is the head of government in the Western Region of Nigeria, who has done so much to make agriculture the foundation of his economic planning.”
He opined that the state would, in the next few years, become one of the nation’s most dependable food baskets with the efforts Aregbesola is putting into the agricultural sector.
“The quantum of agricultural products coming out of Osun has doubled since Aregbesola embarked on his massive agricultural development programmes. It is important to comprehend the trend, to appreciate the transformation going on. Many more young people are becoming interested in agriculture like never before,” he added.
He maintained that the government was laying strong foundation for industrial development of the state by investing in agriculture, adding that the combination of both agriculture and industry would bring about economic growth and prosperity in the state.
He assured the people of the state of success in all the programmes and policies of the Aregbesola-led administration.
State of Osun Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Wale Adedoyin, has eulogized Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his good gesture towards re – awakening agricultural programmes in schools in the state.
The commissioner made this statement during the formal launching of the Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) programme at Ogedengbe School of Science, Ilesa.
Adedoyin stated that the objective of establishing the Young Farmers’ Club in schools is to inculcate in students the habit of having interest and passion for farming among them at their tender age, so that the virtues of dignity of labour could be achieved in their early life through farming.
He explained that agriculture in schools over the years has empowered more than 200 schools in various agricultural ventures such as arable crops production, tree crops production and livestock farming such as poultry, fish farming and piggery. He therefore, charged the students to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations guiding the Young Farmers’ Clubs as designed by teachers and executives of YFC as well as the objectives of the agriculture- in – schools programme of the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Principal of Ogedengbe School of Science, Mr. M.O Adebayo, thanked Adedoyin for launching the Young Farmers’ Club in the school, adding that the programme will make students to be self – reliant in the nearest future and also make them job creators rather than job seekers.
In his response, the Labour Prefect of the school, Master Albert Olawale thanked the commissioner for the establishment of the club in the school and promised him that he would use his office as the Labour Prefect to encourage his colleagues to take to farming activities in the school, so as to ensure that greater number of the students become members of the club.
Others present at the launching of the club were, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Sunday Odediran, the Director, Agric Services, Mr. D.K Ajisekola, the Director, Veterinary Services, Dr. I .O Aluko, the Director, Livestock, Mr. J.O Ajayi, the Director, Fisheries, Mr. O.A Awoyemi and other dignitaries.