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Oyo North Senatorial: FG trains, empowers 70 Youths on poultry farming

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Mrs Dorothy Botar, Director Agric, Extension, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development , Mrs Baliqis Abdulateef, representative from Oyo State Directorate of the Ministry, and Hon Abiodun Adedeji presenting certificate and cash reward to one of the participants after the training

Determined to boast agriculture and reduce unemployment in Nigeria, the federal government on Wednesday trained another batch of 70 youths in poultry production, processing and Marketing in Oyo North Senatorial district.

Apart from the training , the beneficiaries were also empowered with starter parks such as birds, cages,  bags of feeds and other materials including cash to assist them in starting and improving in their businesses.

The event,  held at Atobatele,Ijeru Ogbomoso axis of Oyo state was organized by the Department of Agricultural Extension, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and  facilitated by Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, the lawmaker representing Oyo North Senatorial district at the upper chamber of National Assembly.

Buhari who is also the Chairman,  Senate Committee on Land Transport  has facilitated about 10 trainings for youths in the senatorial district in the last 6 months.

Speaking on why he facilitated the training, the lawmaker who was represented by his Senior Adviser on Political Matter, Hon Abiodun Adedeji informed that  the training was part of the campaign promises made by  Senator Buhari during the electioneering period.

“Unemployment is one of the major challenges in Nigeria now and as a politician one of the way through which we can assist the youths is assisting them in enhancing their interest, and I believe trainings like this would boost their morale and allow them to have a good beginning.

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“Participants were drawn from the 13 local governments across the Senatorial district and based on interest in poultry farming. We are empowering them with materials worth about N200,000  and the Ministry officials have agreed to be visiting them constantly to check how they are faring in their  businesses and give them necessary support”.

Also speaking at the event, representative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Botar Dorothy said “the training was purposely organized by the ministry to empower the youths and in taking Agriculture to the next level so that economically they will no longer depend on people but add value to the society”

Dorothy,  who is a Director at the Department of Agric Extension Abuja expressed satisfaction with the quality of training and the materials given to the participants.

“ Imagine the battery cage  being given to the participants is a very durable one , all other things they need to start is complete , the Senator really tried because in most places they don’t give participants things up to this level.

“We will continue to monitor the farmers, we will give them helping hands so that when they have issues they can call, also our staffs are already available for them, and we also told them that government agencies in Agriculture will be there for them to ensure that the projects are sustained”.

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Olanrewaju Victor, an agriculturist and an instructor at the training said : “ I am impressed with the way they responded, some of them have experience and those who don’t have  any experience have gathered quality training on production and marketing in poultry business  and I believe in the next six weeks some of them would have been making money from it.

One of the participants, Saka Badmus Oluremi   said “I have learnt a lot from this training for people like me who have no experience about poultry business, I do entertain fear about it but with this training my fear have been allayed as we were taught how to do it in such a way that it will be sustainable and profitable, and I can now go home and start my business and I believe in few months’ time I will harvest”.

The training  which was executed by Hayes Muti-System Limited was also supervised by a team headed by the State Director,Mr Popoola Rasheed Federal Ministry of Agriculture Oyo state, Oyo State Agricultural Development  OYSADEP among others.

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Nigerian physician, Funsho named one of TIME’s most influential people in the world

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TIME named Nigerian physician, Dr. Tunji Funsho to the 2020 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Dr. Funsho, a cardiologist based in Lagos, Nigeria, is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for the organization’s work to eradicate polio, having played an essential role in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August of 2020.

“I’m honored to be recognized by TIME for my part in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever again be paralyzed by wild polio, a disease that once disabled 75,000 African children every single year,” said Dr. Funsho. “Eradicating the wild poliovirus in Africa was a team effort that required the cooperation and dedication of governments, partners, Rotary members, hundreds of thousands of health workers, and countless parents who chose to have their children vaccinated against polio.”

As the leader of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, Funsho has worked alongside Rotary members throughout the country to raise awareness about the importance of polio immunization, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication, and served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary’s fight to end polio in Africa.

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Dr. Funsho works closely with Rotary’s partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI): the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. As a member of Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on Polio, he has coordinated immunization and advocacy campaigns with the Minister of State for Health and the Inter-Agency Coordination Committee for Polio Eradication. He has also worked closely with the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, the Dangote Foundation, the Traditional Leaders Council and the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria.

In August 2019, Nigeria reached three years without a case of wild poliovirus. Nigeria’s progress, led by Rotary, its GPEI partners and local and national governments, was the result of decades of sustained efforts, including domestic and international financing, the commitment of hundreds of thousands of health workers, and innovative strategies to immunize children who previously couldn’t be reached due to insecurity in the country’s northern states.

On 25 August, the African region was certified wild polio-free. This historic announcement means that five of the WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are now free of the wild poliovirus. The virus is now endemic in just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Rotary’s nearly 32,000 members in Africa have played a critical role in helping the region achieve its wild polio-free status by holding events to raise funds and awareness for polio, and working with world governments and national and local leaders to secure funding and support for polio eradication.

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Lagos govt. approves full reopening of churches, mosques

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The Lagos state government on Saturday approved the full reopening of worship centres in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who announced this during a briefing in the state said churches are now allowed to observe their mid-week services, while the mosques are also allowed to carry out their five times a day prayer routine, with strict compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must, therefore, strive to prioritize the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society,” the governor said.

Before now, the state had allowed for a gradual re-opening of places of worship as lockdowns eased.

With the full re-opening now, the governor has urged Lagosians to continue to act responsibly and maintain the required levels of hygiene.

Some other parts of the world have witnessed a resurgence of COVID-19 infections and rising possibilities of “hard lockdowns”, which according to Governor Sanwo-Olu may become inevitable for Nigerians if caution is not applied.

“Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable,” he warned.

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“The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitizers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times”.

The total infections in the country have now risen to 56,956, with 48,305 patients recovered and 1,094 deaths recorded.

At the onset of the virus in Nigeria, Lagos became the epicenter, gapping other states with its case load despite frantic efforts to curb the spread.

However, in recent times, other states such as Plateau have started to witness a surge with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 stating that it might become the new epicenter in the country.

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Photos: Oyo deputy gov. donates patrol motorcycles to security operatives

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The deputy governor of Oyo state, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan on Friday made a personal donation of patrol motorcycles to security operatives in Oke Ogun area of the state to boost their role of ensuring the safety of lives and properties.

Speaking at the event, Olaniyan noted  that Security is one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration headed by Governor Seyi Makinde, adding that the government has invested massively to provide facilities and equipment for security operatives in the state to perform their roles.

Speaking further, the deputy governor remarked that ” In the light of the security challenges in the country, it is imperative that we support the government in tackling this malady. It was therefore a delight for me to donate patrol motorcycles, from my purse, to the various security outfits operating in the Oke Ogun area of our state.”

He stressed that security matters should be the responsibility of all and not the government alone.

Olaniyan, however , urged well meaning individuals and lovers of peace to support the government in creating a safe and conducive environment for growth.

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