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IAR&T trains 120 young agro-entrepreneurs from Oyo, Osun, Ogun.

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The Institute of Agricultural Research Institute (IAR&T), Ibadan has trained no fewer than 120 young agro-entrepreneurs on management and marketing strategies following its decision towards supporting the Federal Government’s move to diversify the economy through agriculture and encourage young entrepreneurs.

Speaking at ‘One day workshop organized for young agro-entrepreneurs on management and marketing strategies for small agricultural enterprises’ held in Ibadan on Tuesday, the Director of IAR&T, Professor James Adediran opined that the “growing need to diversify and grow our economy through agriculture demands that agriculture be operated as a business”.

The workshop was largely attended by young farmers and other intending farmers from Oyo, Osun and Ogun states while participants were trained in various methods which include agricbusiness and value chain, exploirable potentials in the country, agricultural macheneries, practical guides in establishing and managing small agric enterprises, farm level record keeping and accounting, marketing strategies for small agricultural enterprises as well as potentials of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in agric marketing.

Adediran further stressed that this necessitated the need to train and encourage the young and intending farmers in the area of agriculture considering their population and potentials therein.

In his words, “It is thus pertinent to build capacity of our existing and emerging farmers in this regards.

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“This all important training workshop targeted at re-orientating ourselves towards taking agriculture as business.

Also speaking on the topics ‘Agricbusiness and value chain in the Nigerian industry and ‘Practical guides establishing and managing small agric enterprises’, a resource person, Dr. Jelili Saka urged the participants to seek for more knowledge in agriculture while considering the benefits.

Saka said after the training, there will be evaluation where about 10 outstanding young farmers will be empowered in their chosen line of business.

He maintained that the 10 lucky ones will be retrained , empowered with empowerment tools and kits in the areas of livestock, maize production, grain legumes such as cowpea and soybean.

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Oyo govt. calls on DPR to sanction marketers hoarding petrol

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Oyo state government has asked the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to start monitoring filling stations in the state and sanction marketers found hoarding the product.

The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin made the call on Monday while featuring on a private radio station in Ibadan.

Sangodoyin said the scarcity of fuel that started on Sunday was artificial as there was no reason for most of the marketers not to sell to the people.

Most filling stations in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital were not selling fuel to motorists while those selling experienced long queues which also contributed to traffic gridlock in some parts of the metropolis.

“As government, we are doing all we can to make life easy for the people of Oyo State and this is reflected in the number of infrastructural projects around the State, for some people to be creating artificial scarcity of fuel for pecuniary reasons is wrong and inhuman.

“The Department of Petroleum Resources should as a matter of urgency swing into action and arrest the situation, they have the work of monitoring cut out for them and this is the moment to bring those marketers sabotaging government’s effort by hoarding products to book,” the Commissioner submitted.

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Imo: Gov. Uzodinma makes case for FCC, sponsors 4-day retreat

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Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has canvassed for the strengthening of the laws establishing the Federal Character Commission  (FCC) to enable it perform its functions effectively.

Governor Uzodinma registered his position at a banquet the Imo state government hosted in honoured of the Executive Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) who were in the State for a retreat last week at the Government House, Owerri.

According to the Governor, the philosophy behind the establishment of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) was well thought out development, adding that to a great extent the Commission has assisted in efforts made at the unification of the country.

He noted that at this very trying moment of the country, the Commission needed to bring its functions to play to douse the tention giving assurance to the citizenry of a sense of belonging.

Senator Uzodinma stressed that it was in recognition of the great role of the Commission that the Imo State government opted to sponsor the retreat.

He admonished members to work together in harmony to enable the Commission deliver on its mandate.

In her remarks, the Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr Muheeba Dankaka thanked the Governor and Imo State government for accepting to host the retreat. She said the out come of the  retreat will go a long way in assisting the Commission in its assignment.

The FCC boss, however called on state governors to also come to the aid of the Commission, particularly by assisting the State offices to function effectively.

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Oyo: Kidnapped UI student regains freedom

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Victim of Monday’s kidnap attack at a  poultry farm in Oke Odan, Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo capital, Emmanuel Odetunde has been released.

It will be recalled that Odetunde was abducted around 5 pm on Monday while working at his father’s poultry. The abductors also demanded a ransom of N100m for his release.

Mega Icon Magazine, however learnt that the victim , a student of the University of Ibadan (UI) was released at 7:15pm Thursday .

 

In a tweet obtained by our reporter, via his Twitter handle @dr_emmay thanked friends, family and well wishers  for their prayers.

He also did not disclosed whether any ransom was paid or not.

“I was released at 7:15pm today. I am currently with my family.

“Thanks for the prayers. I appreciate @, Odetunde tweeted.

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