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Jubilation in Oyo as grassroots farmers get farm implements, equipments from FG

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There was wild jubilation in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital  on Tuesday as grassroots farmers in the state distributed some farm implements and equipments received from the federal government.

The equipments are; rice transplanter, 3HP water pump, multi-purpose thresher, drip irrigation kit with accessories tank, pump and solar panel and maize peeler and dehusk.

The Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in the state, Engr. John Olateru who supervised the distribution of the equipments at the state secretariat of the association informed that it is the first time the real farmers are getting farm implements directly from the federal government.

Olateru added that Nigeria is now going towards achieving greatness as the benefits of the farmers can now get to them without much stress.

He lamented that over the years the equipments are available in warehouses across the country, but it is always difficult for the real farmers to get equipments in their various locality.

“This is the first time the real farmers are getting direct benefit of having access to the farm implements and equipments without stress. It is not that we don’t have those things in our warehouses in states across the country but the cumbersome process in accessing it makes it difficult to get to the real farmers.

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“Before now, we have to write through the Director of Agric in federal ministry of agric in the state and follow it u by going to Abuja. We may need to spend days in Abuja which could affect our farms but now, they channel it to us through the Minister. We have received it and we are sharing it to our members in the state as you can see”, he said.

The chairman however advised federal government to allow farmers to make use of it’s structures in rural areas for the benefit of the people, rather than allowing it wasting away.

“It is disheartening that their structures are rotten away. Many of our members showed interest to make use of the structures but they told us that it is the same process as getting farm implements and equipments which we refered to as cumbersome.”

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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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