Maize farmers assisted with improved inputs and new technologies by the APPEALS Project in Kaduna State have recorded a significant increase in yield last year.
The Chairman of Biye Cluster Farmers Association in Giwa LGA of the State, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Shika made this known to the Pre-6th Implementation Support Mission team led by the Project National Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Jobdi last week during the field visit. The field visit was part of on-the-spot assessments of the Project intervention areas in the state.
Alhaji Adamu Aliyu told the team that most of the group members recorded increase in productivity and harvested more bags compared to the previous year. For example, the Biye farmers Association, he said harvested 206 tons of maize as against the 156 tons before the project’s intervention, adding that they had negotiated with an off-taker who has agreed to buy the maize at the prevailing market prices.
In his response, the National Project Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Jobdi has expressed his satisfaction with the increase in Production recorded by some beneficiaries of the project in the state. Describing the farmers testimonies as encouraging, he urged them to continue to adopt and practice the technologies and new methods introduced by the project.
The Member representing the Ethiope federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Ben Igbakpa, has tongue-lashed the Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to stop telling “lies to Nigerians,” in the discharge of his official duties.
The lawmaker also described as disappointing the utterances of the minister in the defense of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration saying, “He is just telling lies and is even instigating problems to the current administration.”
Speaking to Vanguard yesterday, the lawmaker said: “I am surprised that when people get into office they forget that they are from somewhere and they act as if they will never leave the office.
“I am sure that if the minister was to be on the other side he won’t be talking the way he’s talking because all the things he’s saying as senseless and unpatriotic.
“Patrotism is not about standing with the President. It is about standing with the people and the constitution but the utterances of the minister have been very very disappointing in recent times.
“I remember when he was on the other side against former President Good luck Jonathan bit today, he seems to be eating his vomit.
“For me, his utterances of late do not make any sense and I just choose to ignore him, because he doesn’t give Nigerians the reason he was appointed as Minister for Information which I believe there are specific functions attached to which is to tell Nigerians the truth and propagate the positives activities of the government he represents.
“But for Lai Mohammed, he is not doing any good, maybe because there is nothing much to showcase and other is that he is just telling lies, he is even instigating problems because some of his utterances are not statesmanlike and very disappointing.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja Tuesday.
According to the statement: “Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.
“The new Service Chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A. Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.
“The President congratulates them new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”