FG Partners With Osun, QIIP For Improved Rice Yield

The Federal Government, through the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM) has decided to partner with the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to establish a low-land rice demonstration farm in the State of Osun.
NCAM is the Federal Government agency responsible for all mechanization activities in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.
The initiative which was spearheaded by the Quick Impact Intervention Programme (QIIP) created by Governor Aregbesola to enhance food security and Coordinated by Mr. Dele Ogundipe, is designed to improve the yield for rice farmers to an average of 4.5 metric tonnes per hectare of land.
The demonstration farm which would be established along Songbe-Ogbaagbaa road is expected to cover 385 acres based on the application of SAWAH Eco-Technology for low land rice production.
While carrying out an inspection of the site, Professor Dolapo Lufadeju, the consultant linking QIIP with NCAM, explained that the project would serve as the replication point for other South West States to achieve bumper rice harvest for farmers using the new technology.
NCAM is targeting a year-round rice production among other agricultural activities involving the construction of dam sites to trap run away water for storage and usage during the dry season.
SAWAH Eco-friendly technology which was developed in Asia ensures that farmers can plant rice between October and April when the mean annual rainfall is at the lowest level.
The operation is to be led by Dr. Ade Ademiluyi who is the head of NCAM’s Rice Initiative assisted by Messrs Joel Dada Temitope and two other officials.
The team promised that the yield for rice farmers would be quadrupled to about 4,8 tonnes per hectare based on farmers’ management as against the present one tone per hectare which had discouraged many farmers from continuous rice planning.
According to Professor Lufadeju, the basic feature of SAWAH for rice production involves the clearing of the land; bonding it with puddle, leveling and smoothening it with an inlet importing water and an outlet for irrigation.
Responding, a representative of farmers, Mr. Ayo Popoola expressed the confidence of rice farmers at fully participating in the NCAM/QIIP rice programme for improved yield.
The project is a multi-agency operation involving the state’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Osun State Agricultural Development Corporation (OSSADEC) among others.
Already, the intervention of NCAM in the State of Kebbi has led to an increase to 7.5 metric tonnes per hectare of land while an appreciable impact had been made in the State of Ebonyi where the Abakaliki project has also recorded a huge success.

ACN Short listed Three Candidates For Ondo Poll.

It is an anxious three-way horse race now as party elders of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, are in a tense all-day meeting in Lagos trying to decide the candidate that will bear their gubernatorial flag in the October 20th election against incumbent Olusegun Mimiko, a medical doctor and former minister for Housing, who is seeking a second term as governor on the platform of the labour party.

The three candidates are Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, a former president of the Nigeria Bar Association, and one time attorney General of the state; Saka Lawal a policy expert with about two decades experience at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, and one time state electoral commissioner in the state. Mr. Lawal was credited as the organizing spirit of the labour party that brought Mr. Mimiko to power but later split with the governor to join the ACN. The last candidate is Dr. Segun Abraham, a water engineer and businessman.

Inside sources at the meeting told Reporters in the early hours of Monday that the challenge facing party elders now is how to settle for one of three key candidates who made the final list of the 26 aspirants who began the race. All the three are representing the North senatorial district of the state where the party has zoned the governorship position.

Mr. Akeredolu is from Owo while Mr. Lawal and Abraham are from the Akoko district of the North senatorial constituency. Party insiders say that Mr. Lawal’s grassroot penetration, and the fact that his district has never produced a governor puts him in good stead while Mr. Akeredolu is credited with experience and charisma. Mr. Abraham is reputed to be the richest of the three.

Late governor Adekunle Ajasin, the first civilian governor of the state was from Owo, Mr. Akeredolu’s district, while late governor Adebayo Adefarati a one time governor of the state was from Akoko south, the same district that Dr. Abraham comes from. Mr. Lawal is from Akoko North.

The party elders are members of a 50-man guidance and counseling group set up last May and drawn from the three senatorial districts in the state. Mr. Wumi Adegbomire, considered a father of the party, is the head of the group.

Culled From Premium Times.

We Bombed Kaduna & Zaria Yesterday Says Boko Haram.

Radical islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the bombing of three churches that killed at least 50 people in Zaria and Kaduna town yesterday. The sect targeted mostly children and women in the Zaria attacks.

The sect spokesperson  Abu Qaqa said the current massacre of christians was done to avenge the past killings of Muslims and desecration of Mosques in Zonkwa, Yelwan Shendam, Tafawa Balewa, where they said Mosques were turned into brothels and drinking joints, while Christians continue to carry on with impunity and government support.

The statement also claims that Christians must all convert to Islam in order to have peace.

The sect stated in a press release sent to select media via its spokesperson Abul Qaqa earlier today.

Abu Qaqa started the statement by saying, “Today Almighty Allah has given us victory against Christian Churches in Kaduna and Zaria which led to the deaths of many Christians and security operatives.”

The statement also said that Allah has tasked all Muslims in Quran chapter 9 verse 29 to launch a attack against Jews and Christians who refused to believe in him, his messenger, Prophet Mohammed.

It also said that attacks against Christian children and women will continue, since security personnel now attack their women and children.

The statement concluded that residents of Maiduguri, Borno State are suffering because they did not support the sect when  federal forces waged war against them in 2009, accordingly, the sect wants Kano residents to examine and change their ways towards them.


Buhari Must Beg Yorubas For 2011 Election Violence

tinubu buhariThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West has said that presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the last general elections, Major General Mohammadu Buhari must apologise to Yorubas, and Nigerians in general, over the violence that claimed several lives and properties in some parts of the North after the election.

PDP said that since Buhari has now recognised that his loss was caused by intra-party divisions and not rigging, he must take responsibility for those Nigerians, especially the Yoruba National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, who were murdered during the violence that he incited his people to unleash on the nation.

“This problem is all over, even in my state (Katsina). When we said ‘let us forget about what we are,’ we all marched to vote and won all the National Assembly seats though there were court cases,” Buhari was quoted as saying on Saturday while speaking in Abuja at a one-day CPC Renewal Committee Stakeholders Forum. He lamented that intra-party squabbles cost him the election.

“Then why did we fail the governorship seat? The same factor that affected the party in other states: there was a party problem, some people were involved in anti-party activities and their children and brothers have been appointed as commissioners.”

And reacting, PDP’s zonal publicity secretary, Hon. Kayode Babade said it was inhumane for Buhari not to have sought forgiveness for the post-election violence.

“Isn’t it evil that up till now, there has been no word of sympathy from Buhari and his party to the dead, especially the corps members from the Southwest? Instead, the vultures in the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) are meeting with him on how to contest the next polls and get Yoruba votes.

“It is painful that instead of demanding explanations from Buhari on the innocent Yoruba corps members whom he incited his supporters to kill, Tinubu and his ACN are negotiating with him on the 2015 elections!”

Babade said Yorubas would be waiting for both Buhari and his allies in the ACN in 2015, and they will surely be asked to first raise the dead corpers before campaigning for votes here.”

A Married Woman’s Confession: I Thought I Was Deceiving My Husband

Hi readers, I just want to share my true life story with you so that you can learn from it. We are human beings, we make mistakes every day but it left for you to learn from your mistakes.

“My name is ‘anonymous’ I wont mention where I come from for security reasons. I met this guy in 2001 when I was writing WAEC, his name is GuyA. We fell in love.

“He was everything a woman would ask for; he is fair, handsome, intelligent and God fearing, he loved me so much, he shared the little he had with me, he was willing to do anything I ask for though he didn’t have much because he was still in second year at university of Nigeria, Enugu campus.

“He did everything possible for me to gain admission into the university. I eventually gained admission in 2003 at Enugu State University of Science and Technology and graduated in 2007.

“I don’t know what came over me. I had a fling with this guy named GuyB. Though I never loved him, but I became pregnant for him. I didn’t know what to do, but terminating the pregnancy was not an option. I didn’t want to lose GuyA. It was as if my world has crumbled.

“I didn’t tell anybody not even my best friend because I never could tell what would happen if I did. I made a smart move by telling GuyA that I was pregnant for him.

“Of course, he believed me because he trusted me so much but I betrayed his love for me. He came to see my people, though my parents are dead.

“I eventually put to bed; a baby girl. This was in 2008. Do you know what my baby was exactly the carbon copy of GuyB; the guy I had a fling with?

“I was not surprise because I knew the pregnancy wasn’t GuyA’s but I thought the baby would’ve resembled me. Of course, I was wrong. GuyA accepted us even when he knew the baby does not look like him or me.

“Ever since, I have been dying in silence. My conscience kept killing me. At a point, I hated my own child seeing a picture of another man in her. My husband, GuyA loved her so much more than anything.

“In 2010, I had another baby boy for my husband. My joy knew no bounds. I was really happy, my husband was happy as well.

“In 2012, I had another baby boy for my husband, GuyA. Even at that, he loved my daughter more than her two biological sons. At a point, I became jealous but what can I do. I just couldn’t bear it any more so I decided to give my life to Christ and beg God for forgiveness which I know he has done.

“This I did because I couldn’t continue to die in silence. It was now for me to confess to my husband but how would I achieve that without breaking my home? I didn’t want to loose my home, I loved my husband and my kids.

“He is a wonderful man but I betrayed him. I prayed and asked God to give me the strength to confess to him… On the set day, I first called him on phone to ask him if he would ever forgive me. He asked what I meant by that. He asked if I was alright and I said yes. He hanged up on me. I cried like a baby.

“When he came back from work that same day, I served him his dinner. After that, I went with him in the room and told him to forgive me that he should not punish our daughter for what she does not know about but punish me.

He Already Knew That He Is Not The Father Of Our Daughter:
“He asked again what I meant by that. I narrated everything that transpired between GuyB and I. To my greatest surprise, he dropped a bombshell. He said he knew all these years that he was not the biological father of our 4-year old daughter.

“I asked him if he knew about it and didn’t bother to ask me? He said that he knew that someday I was going to tell him but he never knew it would come this soon.

“It was as if the ground should open and swallow me. I was so ashamed of my self that I bowed my face in tears but he cuddled me and said he’d forgiven me long ago. He said that we pray every day OUR FATHER FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE TRESPASS AGAINST US, why won’t he forgive me?

“He said no one is perfect and that we make mistakes in life. He said that I was a nice person and that we have been through a lot in life. So, he cannot abandon me now that i needed him most. He told me that he could possibly throw me out so that people will laugh at me but he has always loved me.

“As for my daughter, as far as he is concerned, she is his daughter. He’s has always seen her as one and that he will always love us. These were his words.

“I was short of words, all I could do was to cry and thank him and thank God for the kind of man he has given me because I know that no man would take that from any woman no matter what except by the special grace of God.

“I am now a happy person and I have given my life to Jesus Christ. We must learn how to confess our sins no matter what so that Satan will be put to shame and as well learn how to forgive.

“We now live in the UK. I also had my two boys in the UK.

The Legendary Iroko Tree Falls In Ilesha.

The Legendary Iroko Tree @ Ita-akogun,Ilesa today fell on it own.It was reported that most of my people couldn’t believe that the tree surrounded by so many tales bothering on its myth could fall so easily.This incident however caused little pandemonium within Ilesa town

I did not marry Aki because of his money or fame – Nneoma Ikedieze

Aki Chinedu Ikedieze

The Mass Communication graduate of Enugu State University spoke briefly to Uche Olehi of Encomium mag during her wedding ceremony last weekend. Excerpts:

How did you two meet?

Nneoma: We met in Lagos. We worked in a production together. I was a costumier. I have always been seeing him, I just like his lifestyle. So we became friends and from there the journey began.

How did you know he was your man?

Nneoma: I am not a friend keeping type, but when I meet my friend, I know. We have been friends and I think I saw what I like in a man in him.

What are the qualities you saw in him?

Nneoma: Chinedu is very intelligent and smart.

What was your parents reaction when you told them you are getting married to Aki?

Nneoma: They were not surprised. My dad was like ‘waoo, you go ahead if he is your choice.

Would you say you it is a natural love you have for Chinedu?

Nneoma: Yes. I just love him naturally.

What do you really want changed in Chinedu?

Nneoma: Nothing to be changed. He is okay for me.

Many people believe you are going for his money and celebrity status?

Nneoma: That is cheap talk. They can say whatever they want to say. I married Chinedu Ikedieze, I did not marry Aki.

Genevieve Nnaji & Stephanie Okereke At War Over Access To Presidency.

There is a cold war between Nollywood big girls, Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okoreke over access to the Presidency and presidential aides

Sources very close to the two Nollywood sweethearts and the Aso Rock sit of power revelaed to Codewit that the no love lost relationship started immediately after the Presidential election when Stephanie was the arrowhead of the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s campaign contact group with the film industry.

At the height of the chummy relationship with the Presidency officials led by Presidential Adviser on Strategy and Documentation, Oronto Douglas, Genevieve and Stephanie were regular faces at Eko Hotel where meetings were held with film practitioners and at campaign rallies.

The tipping point in their friendship started immediately after the election when Genevieve started seeing Oronto and other presidential aides at Raddison Blu Hotel, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos oftentimes without Stephanie’s knowledge.

According to one of our sources, Codewit found out that “The cold war between them is more about who has the ears of the Presidential aides most especially Oronto Douglas who appears to be enjoying the company of Genevieve these days better than Stephanie. Every other weekend at Raddison Blu Hotel, Genevieve is with Oronto and other girls at the presidential suites. Stephanie is feeling being left out and she is not taking it lightly because she was the one who brought Genevieve into the presidency’s setting.’’

Our source continues, ‘’ You need to know what they do with these girls all in the name of seeking for fame and money. It is also tells you the kind of people that are around our President and ruling this country. You have set of morally corrupt people whose stock in trade is to gallivant with ladies of easy virtues and your so-called celebrities are their play thing.

Culled from CODEWIT

Sexy Actress, Genevieve Nnaji Officially Unveiled Range Rover Ambassador

This is the best times for top Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji as she has officially been slapped with a juicy car deal.

The single mother of one was officially unveiled yesterday night, Thursday, June 14 at a private event in Lagos as the brand ambassador of Range Rover’s Evogue new brand of cars.

The event took place at Ocean View, Victoria Island, Lagos. She was presented with the new brand of SUV, Range Rover Evogue.

The presentation was done by Coscharis Motors, which is the brand owners of Range Rover car brands in Nigeria. The deal, as earlier reported, would see Genevieve pocket about 100,000 US dollars for the first six months.

Genevieve is one of the highest paid actresses in Nigeria.


Nigeria Bleeds: 24 Dead, 125 wounded In Church Bombings… Still Counting

According to Dr. Taylor Adeyemi, the acting Chief Medical Director of St. Luke’s hospital in Wusasa, 40 victims, mostly children were brought into their hospital following the blast at ECWA in Wusasa. Of this number, three were dead on arrival.

From the blast at the Christ the King Cathedral at No. 80 Yoruba street Daily Trust confirmed 10 dead and over 50 injured. Daily Trust is yet to get details of the casualties from the Trikania attack.

Three churches were attacked this morning by suicide bombers in Kaduna. One went off at the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) church, Wusasa and another at the Christ the King Cathedral Catholic church at No. 80, Yoruba Street, Sabon Gari, Zaria, just behind the Army Depot, Zaria where all Nigerian soldiers receive their basic training. The third church, Shalom Church at Trikania close to Abuja Fly over and Textile Labour house, was hit by multiple explosions around 10:17am.

Also, about 35 victims of the reprisal attacks that followed the bombing have been taken to St. Gerard’s Hospital within the metropolis according to the hospitals public relations officer. Seven of them were dead on arrival, burnt by their presumed assailants.

The explosions sparked violence in Kaduna as christian youths retaliated, moving around with cutlasses and sticks among other weapons. Sources say the youths burnt a mosque at Television area and another at Goningora was broken into and vandalised in retaliation for the attacks on the three churches.

Men of Operation Yaki are said to have taken charge of the situation, especially around Goningora which is along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway and where Christian youths were beginning to get violent. An eyewitness told Daily Trust he saw four dead bodies near the Goningora mosque. Other trouble spots so far identified are Sabo, Trikania, Television area, Tudun Wada and Unguwan Rimi.

Road blocks have been set up at strategic areas and traffic along the expressway which was initially halted is now being allowed with military escorts. Other areas of Kaduna metropolis are experiencing an uneasy calm

The Abuja-Kaduna expressway links many states in the North to Abuja.

Aregbesola Canvasses Decentralisation Of Nigeria Police

Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has made a case for the decentralisation of Nigeria Police to accommodate state and local government policing, with a view to ensuring the efficiency of the Nigeria Police.

He spoke in Iragbiji, headquarters of Boripe Local Government Council Area of the state on Saturday during the foundation-laying ceremony of the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar’s Police Institute for Training and Indoctrination, saying that the unitary structure of police is actually affecting its efficiency.

“What we must do is to strengthen the institution, so that nobody can just, with impunity, abuse it. There is nowhere in the world where what we are doing in Nigeria is replicated. In America, it is so broken down that universities and even supermarkets have their own police”.

Since series of calls for state policing are being made, the governor said, “the only argument against state policing is that it will be compromised by the executive at state level and use it for themselves. But what is the guarantee that the executive at the federal level will not use the police at the federal level for their own interest?

“The best that Nigeria should have is graduated policing. The only thing is that the level of crime the local and the state police can attend to will be defined and distinct, but if we continue like this, it might be difficult for us to fight crime”, he stressed.

Aregbesola further noted that though, the Nigeria Police is very efficient, its greatest challenge is that they do not have enough resources, equipment and materials to meet their obligations to the people, noting that if the Police Force is properly equipped, Nigerians would be shocked at their efficiency and proficiency in guaranteeing peace and security.

He stressed that his administration has been making its contributions to support the police by introducing its local security arrangement, adding; “we will have power bike to patrol our roads and streets to give a general sense of security in addition to some other sophisticated equipment we will deploy round the state to make our state a no-go area for hoodlums”.

The governor then gave a sum of N200 million as the state’s first contribution to the building of the institute, with a promise to do more depending on the resources of the state.   

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said that the intention of the present leadership of the Nigeria Police is to build a police force that would be respected, efficient and corruption-free, noting; “as part of the war against corruption is the cancellation of road-blocks and as far as present leadership is concerned, road-blocks have gone and remained gone forever”.

Represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Abdul-Rahamon Akano, Abubakar said: “You all harass and abuse us because you say we are corrupt and that you don’t have confidence in us because the police force is not the force of your dream, but we want the police force to be the police force of your dream and we urge you all to cooperate with us to make it a force of your dream”.