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Association proffers unique solution to herdsmen/farmers crisis

– A unique solution has been proffered to end the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country, by the Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN)

– The association is calling for more agriculture extension officers to be engaged to mediate between both groups

– According to ASSAPIN, the technical advice and guidance given by these extension officers to both parties would forestall frequent clashes between them

The Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria on Tuesday, February 13, said engagement of more agriculture extension officers could play a role in stemming the clashes between herders and farmers in the country.

Audu Yarimi, the national coordinator of the association, expressed the view in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

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NAIJ.com gathers that Yarimi said extension officers are in a position to play a mediatory role between herders and farmers.

According to him, such mediatory role played by agriculture extension officers between both parties would be pivotal in ending conflicts between them.

“The agric extension agents will be able to educate both the farmers and herdsmen that they need each other.

“The technical advice and guidance given by these extension officers to both parties would forestall frequent clashes between them,” he said.

Yarimi urged the federal government to make deliberate efforts to increase the ratio of agric extension workers to farmers, to achieve its 2016 Agricultural Promotion Policy aim (Green Alternatives).

“A recent research shows the ratio between agric extension workers and farmers as grossly inadequate.

“You have agric extension officers in a ratio of one to 10 or 12 farmers,” he said.

Yarimi believes a commensurate number of extension officers working closely with farmers and herdsmen will not only quell the frequent crisis, but also improve the harvest.

According to him, this improvement is also capable of facilitating sizeable export revenue for the country.

He urged the government to invest more in agriculture and increase the budgetary allocation to the sector.

“We need to increase investment in the agric sector, especially the agric extension officers, because they are the link between the farmers, marketers and research institutes,” the coordinator said.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state opined that herdsmen must embrace cattle ranching in order to put an end to their incessant clashes with farmers.

The governor made his comments while interacting with the management and students of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.

The governor also appealed to Nigerians to stop attaching ethnic sentiments into the killings by suspected herdsmen in the country.

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Dambazau Holds Meeting With IGP Idris, Other Top Police Officers

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, is in a meeting with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and senior police officers at the Force Headquarters, in Abuja.

The objective of the meeting is to devise strategies to stop illegal weapons which Idris described as becoming alarming in Nigeria, Daily Sun reported.

The IGP added that with the upcoming general elections slated to hold early next year, it is imperative for the police and other security agencies to curb illegal arms, which he insisted, were wrong hands.

IGP Idris had also condemned the arming of vigilance groups put in place by some state governors to protect lives and property of their citizens.

 

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PDP Blasts Lai Mohammed Over Commendation On Buhari’s Performance

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed’s assertions that “there is no cause for alarm” as Nigeria is in “very safe and competent hands,” with President Muhammadu Buhari piloting the affairs of the country.

Mohammed said this over the weekend at a mini town hall meeting with the staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

However, the PDP in a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, condemned the statement saying the reality on the ground shows that the nation was on auto-pilot and drifting to the precipice.

The opposition party claimed that Nigerians are facing untold hardship due to the incompetence and corrupt proclivities of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP said, “If a minister of information who ought to give the correct state of affairs can announce that a government which collapsed the nation’s once robust economy and plagued it with political tension, is indeed a safe hand, then our nation is in much more trouble under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“How can anybody say that the same Presidency whose incompetence and bad policies are directly responsible for the massive unemployment and job losses, collapse of businesses and even the lingering fuel crisis which has brought untold hardship in the land, is indeed a safe hand?

“This is a government, under whose watch, the nation has become heavily polarised along dangerous fault lines and where citizens now live in fear and mutual suspicion; where citizens are slaughtered by the day by marauders; where hunger and strange diseases ravage the people.

“The reasonable take-away from the statement of the information minister is that this government has come to its wit’s end and has no solution for the troubles it caused the nation.

“More so, the minister’s statement has further exposed the fact that this failed administration is not the least remorseful for the pain it has caused the people, which underpins its arrogance and disdain towards Nigerians.

“We, however, urge Nigerians not to despair as the repositioned PDP stands with them in the collective quest to end the misrule of the APC in 2019.”

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I Was Abandoned As A Baby, I Never Knew My Parents – Maheeda

Maheeda reveals she never knew her parents while growing up. (Photo credit: File photo)

Nigerian popular nudist, Maheeda has reveal an hidden secret about her background, youthful days and parental issues.

According to Maheeda, she stated that at no point in time has she meet her parent. She mentioned this in a chat and added that she does not have much memory about her childhood and even the few things that come to her mind as a child are not good memories that she wishes to be reminded of.

She said:

I grew up in Kano State, but I don’t remember much about my childhood; even the few things that I can recall are not pleasant memories.

I never knew my parents because I was abandoned as a baby. My childhood was characterized by loneliness, sadness and feelings of worthlessness. From a very young age, I was desperate for freedom and happiness. I just wanted to be accepted. I didn’t have a happy childhood. I was raised by kind-hearted people who took pity on me

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Yemi Alade Hits Hard At A Follower On Twitter

Yemi Alade reply a follower who told her she does not release hit songs. (Photo credit: File photo).

Nigerian female singer, Yemi Alade who of recent has been facing constant social media criticism is not allowed to be at peace as a follower again hits hard at her, the follower stated that she does not release hit track with all her work.

The actress who made the announcement to release a new track got a fan stating that she always release track with no hit track to her credit, and Yemi Alade wasted no time in giving the fan a reply.

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Herders/Farmers Crisis: Nigerian Army Begins “Operation Cat Race” In Benue

The Nigerian Army has commenced Operation Cat Race Exercise in Benue state to put an end to the perennial clash between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

The army began the exercise, today, Tuesday.

Naija News gathered that ahead of the formal inauguration of the operation, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has visited Governor Samuel Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi the state capital.

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