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Enugu Agribusiness Hub begin training youths on farm produce processing for the market+PHOTOS

The Enugu State Agribusiness Hub has held the September edition of its monthly Master Class Training Series for Agribusiness Strategic Development.

The Master Class began in August, shortly after the Covid-19 lockdown, and is largely designed to assist Enugu youths and investors find their feet in profitable agribusiness opportunities.

According to to a statement from the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, “Agribusiness puts food on tables of billions of people globally. It contributes a great percentage to the GDP of most nations on earth.

“Our mission is to organize this sector and make it attractive to the active youthful population of our nation such that a great number of entrepreneurs are born from the Agribusiness space”.

The programme which was held on Monday, 7th September 2020, at the old Sunrise Flour Mill, Emene Enugu, was attended by youth farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs.

Speaking to journalists, the Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Agriculture, Engineer Michael Ogbuekwe described the programme as ‘Agribusiness, which involves the production of agricultural products, processing it, and packaging, and marketing’.

His words “The country as a whole is diversifying and moving into agriculture. The urban youths wonder why they should go back to the village to farm. Our job here is to show them the simple process of processing, packaging and marketing of agricultural products. Enugu State Government under the able leadership of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has set up this programme to sensitize the youths and mentor them to come into the agricultural sector.

“We have a target of 1000 people, and as it is now, every batch won’t exceed 50 people because of the COVID-19. But after this period when the rules are relaxed, we can increase it to 100 people per programme.

“It’s not just theory, but will involve hands-on practicals. They get to see for instance, the practical processing of rice, destoning, polishing, packaging. We are also teaching them that the can start from a humble beginning. You have garri around you already.

“You can start by packaging the garri. Same goes for rice. You can package just a kilogram, some families might just decide they want to buy for a Sunday. This way, students and youths will begin to see how they can make money for themselves”, he explained.

Also speaking, Mr Emeka Hyginus elaborated on simple ways of packaging farm produce.

Others who spoke at the event include Mr Sampson Nweke and Reverend Chinedu Nwoye.

Highlight of the programme was the practical session, where Mr Ejike Nnaji conducted the guests around the facility, explaining the diverse steps taken by farmers to process and package rice for the market.

Below are photos from the programme. Also follow the link https://youtu.be/8hV56NTPaFY to watch the programme on Jungle Journalist TV.

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Threat To Life: Edo Farmer Petitions Police 

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A farmer and businessman, Mr Ebose Ezeigbebe, has petition the Nigeria Police over threat to his life by Obenevburibo community in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo where his 2000 plots of palm farm and oil milling palm is located.

The petition dated August 11, 2020 and titled: “Threat of Violence, Threat to Life, Conduct Seeking to Breach Peace, Possession of Firearms” was addressed to the AIG Zone 5, Benin by lawyer to Ezeigbebe, Valentine Onochie & Co.

Ezeigbebe whose farm was recognised as the best Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (ACGSF) national farmer of the year 2011 under the Tree crops, said the threat was occasioned by his refusal to cede 50 plots of the land to the community.

He said the land which he purchased from the community in 1999, became a controversial one when the Obenevburibo community alleged that he (Ezeigbebe) has gone beyond the 2000 plots sold to him.

He explained that premised on this allegation, he and the community agreed to commission a surveyor to resurvey the land.

“My problem with the community began in 2018 when they approached me and asked that I give them 50 plots of land from what I bought from them, stating that what I had in my possesion was in excess of what they granted me.

“This was coming after 18 years of cultivating and milling oil palm; this was a surprise to me and I refused. They however insisted that I must hire a surveyor to re – survey the land.

“Not minding that the onus is on the community to hire a surveyor, I did in the interest of peace. It turned out that there were extra fractions amounting to three and half plots which i rounded up to four plots and gave the community in the interest of peace,” he said.

Ezeigbebe said instead of taking the four plots, the community refused because they had their sights set on 50 plots because two years passed wihout any word from the community and its elders.

Said he , “To my surprise, they invited me for a meeting on August 7, 2020, but the meeting was more or less like an ambush.

“The community demanded for 100 plots of land and requested that I either give them or they will take it violently and that it was out of pity that they have not already done so.

“They made it clear that they just killed somebody at the neighbouring community and so needed the plots of land to settle the matter with the neighbouring community.”

Ezeigbebe said he has been forced to shut down operations at the facility in order to avoid any unfortunate occurrence.

In their reaction howver, the community denied issuing any threat to the farmer, even as they agreed that an excess of three and half plots of land was discovered upon the survey carried out in 2018.

The Ohen (Second in Command) of the community, Pa Isaac Igiebor, however said the purported survey was carried out by Ezeigbebe.

According to him, “It is true that a meeting was held on August 7, 2020, though I was not in the meeting but the report I got was that there was no argument how much more threat”.

Igiebor also said some members of the community have been invited by the police in respect to the petition.

“We have been invited to appear by the police and we have already contacted our lawyers to that effect,” he stated.

Akinwumi Adesina Reelected as President, Africa Development Bank

The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has reportedly been reelected.

Sources said the Board of Governors of the Bank elected Adesina being the only one standing for election.

Adesina had earlier called for unity within the institution in order to stabilise the bank to enable it to support the rebound of the African economy from the ravages of COVID-19.

The election held during the opening ceremony of the virtual annual meetings of the Board of Governors and Shareholders of the AfDB, which is being hosted in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Apart from being the sole candidate in the election, Adesina is the first Nigerian to occupy the role. The former Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture was elected for a five-year term on May 28, 2015, at the 50th annual meetings, which took place in Abidjan.

MASSOB blasts FG over Magu’s detention, cautions Arthur Eze over Igbo unity speech

The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that the Fulani-controlled Federal government is not sincere on the arrest and release of Ibrahim Magu.

MASSOB in a Press release signed by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, said Magu’s release is just a subtle means of deceiving the people. It also cautioned Engineer Arthur Eze against working with the enemy against Ndi Igbo.

The Statement read:

“Ibrahim Magu was sustained as EFCC chairman by President Mohammadu Buhari led administration to do the biddings of Sokoto caliphate and Fulani cabals that currently run the government of Nigeria.

“Magu was loyal to his calling until Bola Tinubu through the secret backing of Yemi Osibanjo penetrated him to do his (Tinubu) services.

“Infiltration of Tinubu interest led to the unhealthy relationship between Ibrahim Magu and the Attorney General of the federation who is also deeply involved in upholding the overall interest of the Fulani cabals and Islamic caliphate wrecking economic and political havoc to Nigeria.

“It was Tinubu’s uncontrolled greed for political and economic power of the Nigerian state that led to the humiliating arrest, prosecution and detention of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu using the instruments EFCC led by Ibrahim Magu to witch hunt Orji Uzor Kalu because of his (Tinubu’s) presidential ambition to succeed President Mohammadu Buhari.

“Bola Tinubu’s secret interference in administration of Ibrahim Magu and domination of the suspended EFCC secretary which was an affront to the interest of Fulani cabals in the presidency, led to the oust of Ibrahim Magu and others.

“Unfortunately, EFCC is not yet rebranded or redeemed from the grip of the cabals in the presidency. It will continue in it’s subtle and hypocritical anti corruption war against the unfavoured politicians mostly the southern Christian politicians. The recent release of Ibrahim Magu from detention and sacking of some top officials of EFCC is a kangaroo drama of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Soon, Ibrahim Magu will be promoted.

“MASSOB is also condemning the statement credited to Chief Artur Eze stating that Ndigbo are not united to clinch political power in Nigeria. We need to clarify that Ndigbo are more and aggressively united in pursuing their common interest in every affairs of our lives. We have proved to them severally of our unity in Nigeria during the sit at home exercises and massive demonstrations that shake the foundation of Nigeria.

“Our unity and coordination are being tested in our daily interactions with fellow Igbos in our respective town Union affairs. Our political unity was shown to Mr Peter Obi during the last presidential election.

“It is some of our political leaders like Arthur Eze who always set their personal interest above the overall interest of Ndigbo that create that false impressions to Hausa Fulani that Ndigbo are not united. MASSOB advises Arthur Eze to always adhere to Igbo interest first before promoting Hausa Fulani irrespective of their support to you. Soon they will see our eloquent and unquenchable political unity in 2023.