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Nasarawa Inaugurates 16 – Hectare Farmland For NYSC

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JOEL AJAYI

Nasarawa State Government has promised more support for the NYSC Scheme in its quest to support the Federal Government’s agenda on the diversification of the economy, and also improving agricultural practice, food production and self-sufficiency.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe stated this today in  Doma during the inauguration of sixteen hectares of farmland donated by the Andoma of Doma Kingdom, HRM Alhaji (Dr) Ahmadu Aliyu Oga Onawo to the National Youth Service Corps and the inauguration of 2021 farming season by Corps Members in Doma.

In a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by the Scheme’s Director, Press and Public Relations Adenike Adeyemi (Mrs) revealed that NYSC commended the Andoma for supporting the vision of Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim by releasing the land to encourage agricultural practices that would lead to bumper harvest of different agricultural products.

Speaking through the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, Professor Alanana Ofaki, the Deputy Governor appealed to Corps Members to embrace all opportunities of the value chain agribusiness for their empowerment.

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated that the NYSC Scheme would continue to train Corps Members who are interested in farming using its farms across the country.

He commended the Andoma of Doma and the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority for their gesture towards the Scheme.

He said the NYSC Scheme has keyed into Federal Government’s agenda of diversification of the economy and would continue to leverage on the potentials of Corps Members for improved productivity .

“I want to urge Corps Members to key into this opportunity for self-development”.

“Recently, Borno State trained 68 Corps Members as soil doctors and extension service workers with a view to boosting agricultural production”, he said.

In his goodwill message, the Andoma of Doma Kingdom HRM Alhaji (Dr) Ahmadu Aliyu Oga Onawo said food security is a necessity for every nation, adding that there was the need to support NYSC in its resolve to teach Corps Members that there is an alternative to salaried jobs through farming.

He commended the Director-General for redesigning the future of Nigerian youth with a new beginning for self empowerment.

He appealed for more stakeholders’ support for the Scheme in order to attain its laudable goals for the Nigerian youths.

The monarch appealed for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians, adding that the strength of a nation lies in its unity and no tribe can exist independently on its own.

He preached equality of all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religion, stating that there was the need to give priority attention to national unity and integration.

“There is no alternative to an indivisible Nigeria, we are better together”.

“Let us save ourselves and make Nigeria a peaceful country for the future of unborn generation”, he said.

In his goodwill message, the Vice Chairman Federal House Committee on Youth and Sports, Hon Abdulmumini Ari applauded General Shuaibu Ibrahim for his exemplary leadership style since assuming duty as NYSC Director-General.

The Managing Director, Lower Benue River Basin Authority, Engr Mohammed Adra in his goodwill message called on the NYSC to embrace irrigation farming.

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Insecurity: Armed Men Attack Presidential Villa

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…There Was An Attempt To Burgle Buhari’s Chief Of Staff’s Residence – Presidency

Report have it that, Armed men suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of two senior aides to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the precinct of the Presidential Villa, administration officials and security sources have told Peoples Gazette, raising fears that the rising insecurity across the country was drawing closer to the elite than previously estimated.

The incident on May 9 (yesterday) prompted Ibrahim Gambari and Abubakar Maikano, the chief of staff and admin officer, respectively, to abandon their residences, sources said.

“Their houses were robbed and the robbers packed money and other valuable assets from both houses,” an aide to the informed about the robbery told The Gazette.

It was not immediately clear whether or not valuable documents of state interest were carted away by the intruders, but The Gazette heard that the residences were thoroughly ransacked.

“The robbers took away as much as possible from both places,” a security officer that confirmed the incident said. “What is more unfortunate is that no one has been arrested.”

Officials also said Mr Gambari was given an official residence at the Defence House, but has not been living there, preferring instead to live inside Aso Rock and be close to the president.

Nigeria’s presidential palace just west of the city centre has long been seen as highly fortified and far beyond the reach of burglars, bandits and other criminals currently holding the vast swathes of the country to ransom.

But as criminal activities overshadow other matters of national consequences, Mr Buhari has faced calls to act urgently before it would be too late.

Armed bandits have abducted thousands of citizens since January alone, claiming billions in ransom payments at an alarming rate.

No explanation was immediately rendered for the invasion and why it was not prevented by the ubiquitous contingent of security officers, especially those of the State Security Service, guarding the fortress.

Mr Gambari did not immediately return a request seeking comments.
A spokesman for the SSS said he would not comment on the matter and a spokeswoman for the police in Abuja abruptly disconnected the call upon hearing The Gazette’s enquiry was about a security breach at the Presidential Villa.

Meanwhile presidency revealed that there was an attempt to burgle the residence of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidency has said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed that the incident occurred very early on Monday morning.

His confirmation followed the report by an online news medium, Peoples Gazette, that gunmen suspected to be robbers invaded the residences of Gambari and another senior aide to the President, Abubakar Maikano – the Admin Officer, located close to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Quoting administration officials and security sources at the villa, the news outfit said that the incident forced Gambari and Maikano to abandon their residences.

The burglars were said to have raided the two houses where they reportedly packed money and other valuable assets.

‘A Foolish Attempt’

While he was silent on the purported incident at Maikano’s residence, Shehu noted that Gambari confirmed what he described as a foolish attempt to burgle his house.

“The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that there “was a foolish attempt” to burgle his residence at 3:00am this (Monday) morning, but it turned out to be unsuccessful,” the President’s spokesman said in a tweet.

He added, “Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa, has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.”

According to Peoples Gazette, the residences of the two senior aides to the President were thoroughly ransacked and no one has yet to be arrested in connection with the incidents.

This comes amid the disturbing rate of insecurity in the country with several calls on the Federal Government to secure the lives of the people and their properties.

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