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Imo D.Gov Assures Readiness Of Govt. To Rehabilitate Acharaubo Farm, Others

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The state government has disclosed plans to revitalize the moribund Acharaubo farm.

The Deputy Governor Prof Placid Njoku disclosed this when he took an inspection tour of the thirty-four hectares farmland located at Emekuku in Owerri North Local Government Area.

Prof. Njoku who described agriculture as the economic base of most countries of the world considering the dwindling oil revenue regretted that the vision of the past military regime in establishing the Acharaubo farm to produce food, generate revenue and employment for the state was run down by successive Governments.

He made it clear that the Acharaubo farm which was then known for the production of poultry, piggery, and local cattle otherwise called Muturu occupies a central point in the agricultural agenda of the state government,  stressing that a tour round the farm showed that it is in a sorry state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, chief Lambert Orisakwe said the ministry would introduce varieties of crops into the farm when fully operational while that of Livestock Production, Lady Obiageri Ajoku said the farm structure would be redesigned and varieties of livestock would be introduced into the farm to bring it back to its original form.

The Interim Management Committee Chairman of Owerri North Local Government Area, Engr. Lams Ibe thanked the state government for its plans to bring the farm back to life.

Conducting the Deputy Governor round the dilapidated farm, the Head of Department of the farm, Mr. Silvastone Ibekwe said the farm has six poultry houses, three paddocks, feed Mill and  Breeder which he said have all been vandalized while the crop Fields have been encroached upon by the villagers.

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Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina

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Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service 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 President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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