The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) have signed two grant agreements to implement trade credit guarantees worth $5.4 million to support fertilizer value chains in Nigeria and Tanzania, potentially benefitting hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers.
The organizations held a signing ceremony at the African Green Revolution Forum in Accra, Ghana on 5 September 2019.
Dr. Jennifer Blanke, African Development Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development said the agreements would provide the inputs needed for Africa to have “the productivity that we hope for.”
“We are just thrilled to be getting together with our partners in order to expand the efforts to make sure that we are financing the development of manufacturing and blending of fertilizer,” Blanke said. “This is an African effort, led by Africans, for Africa,” she added.
The grants are designed by the Bank’s Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) to provide sustainable financing solutions to boost the fertilizer value chain in Africa.
African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership CEO Jason Scarpone signed the agreements on behalf of the continental body, emphasizing the importance of value chain financing – bringing fertilizer financing from manufacturer, to distributor, to retailer to farmer. “Few succeed in doing it. This project will be successful,” Scarpone told reporters.
The two deals are the first agreements signed by AFFM, which is hosted by the African Development Bank, since it was became fully functional last year;they pave the way for the first implementation of trade credit guarantee projects for fertilizer financing led by AFFM in Nigeria and Tanzania.
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership will be the implementing partner operating in the two countries on behalf of the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism. The Partnership has substantial experience in supporting the agricultural value chain across the continent.
Scheduled for implementation over a two-year period, the projects will lead to the enhancement of fertilizer value chains in the two countries and will target 10 importers, 5 blenders/manufacturers, and 37 hub agro-dealers as direct beneficiaries, 520 retail agro-dealers as indirect beneficiaries and 700,000 smallholder farmers as final beneficiaries.
By supporting the fertilizer value chain in the two countries, the projects will go a long way to making fertilizer available to more farmers, a key objective of the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy.
“We have expected results that are realistic. We are here to make sure this happens,” AFFM Coordinator Marie Claire Kalihangabo said at the signing ceremony.
COVID-19: Relief, as Oyo APC chieftain, Open Salawu donates N3m to Ogbomoso residents
Assistance came the way of Ogbomoso residents in Oyo state as an APC chieftain, Engr. Mufutau Open Salawu donated the sum of N3,000,000 to cushion the effect of coronavirus disease popularly known as COVID-19.
The APC House of Representatives aspirant in the 2019 election for Ogbomoso North/ Ogbomoso South/Oriire Federal Constituency disclosed this in a statement yesterday.
“All over the world, governments are urging people to stay at home and many more borders might be closed and interstate movements may be restricted. The implications of these measures are enormous but it’s the only way to stop the spread of this virus so in view of that I am giving N3,000,000 to my community to buy foods and share to the vulnerable.
“I hope more people will follow suit and assist the needy in this very difficult time knowing fully well most Nigerians live on their daily earnings”, the former Special Adviser to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi concluded.
COVID-19: Security agencies enforce compliance in Oyo
A joint team of Security agencies have embarked on enforcement of compliance with directives on precautionary measures outlined by Oyo State Government to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the State.
The inter-agency team comprises of Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps and others.
This, the Executive Chairman, OYRTMA, Dr. Akin Fagbemi said would promote interagency collaborations in the State and curtail spread of the deadly Corona-virus Disease.
He added that, this is in line with the directives of Governor Seyi Makinde who had earlier outlined measures aimed at dealing with Coronavirus in the State.
The team ensured strict monitoring of compliance at public parks, garages and private transportation companies across Oyo State, to prevention guidelines issued by Governor Makinde to curtail the rapid spread of the disease.
It would be recalled that part of the preventive measures rolled out by the state government are social distancing, suspension of religious activities, disbandment of gathering with more than 30 people among others.
The State has also directed garages and commercial operators to adhere strictly to guidelines reeled out for them during these trying times, while it warned that anyone caught flouting the recommendations and guidelines would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The team commended residents and operators for their understanding and cooperation towards eradicating the novel Corona Virus Disease.
Meanwhile, Oyo State Government has reiterated that it is working to contain the spread coronavirus in the State, adding that the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration has constituted a competent Task Force to tackle any suspected case of COVID-19 in the State.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, also added that the administration will collaborate with relevant stakeholders in both the organized private and public health sectors.
Olatubosun stressed that the Government has finalized an arrangement to embark on aggressive public sensitisation across the popular markets, major bus terminals, public spaces and others to enlighten the people on the reality and severity of the global infectious disease.
He said the proactive government of Engineer Seyi Makinde, on hearing increasing cases of the pandemic in the neighboring states, set machinery in motion to prevent the infectious disease from gaining entrance into the state.
The Commissioner said part of the measures taken is the establishment of four isolation centres at University College Hospital, UCH, Jericho Chest Hospital, Olodo State Pediatric all in Ibadan and Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho, with acquisition of ambulances to carry individuals tested positive of Coronavirus for adequate treatments.
The commissioner therefore implored the residents of the state to report any case of the disease to the surveillance team set up by the state government.
SWEGOP to Governments: ‘Stop Using Fire Brigade Method to Run Health Sector
South West Group of Online Publisher (SWEGOP) on Friday frowned at the fire brigade approach adopted by federal and state governments to fight the pandemic coronavirus.
SWEGOP also called on governments at all level to review their position on provision of primary and secondary healthcare facilities in their domain
In a release signed by the group’s chairman , Mr Olayinka Agboola and Public Relations Officer, Remi Oladoye, SWEGOP noted that the pandemic coronavirus has further exposed the weakness of the government despite the huge budgetary allocations released to run the health sector, year in, year out.
“It is obvious that our governments have not been effective and have been paying lip service to the development of health sector in Nigeria, most states don’t have facilities to tackle any outbreak of viral diseases let alone well-equipped isolation centres where such cases can be treated.”
The group also called on governments at all levels in Nigeria to be more proactive and put in place facilities that can enhance the operations of medical personnel in the country.
The association also commended the medical personnel and relevant agencies for their effort in combating the dreaded Coronal Virus.
Said the group “with the record of just one death and scores of recovery cases recorded, it is evident that our medical personnel are up to the task”.
The group of media professionals, however urged the general public and stakeholders to collaborate with the government in preventing further spread of corona virus and others in the country.
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