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Agribusiness: Adamawa Govt Organises Public Sensitization Workshop

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Following misconceptions in the public domain on the approved 100b naira bond, the Adamawa State Government has organised a one day sensitization workshop aimed at sensitizing the people on the Adamawa Agricultural Support ADAS programme.

According to the government, the ADAS was designed to take full advantage of the agricultural opportunities within the state and will focus on three areas that include Crop Value chain, Livestock and Acquaculture.

It added that the measure was to boost its Internally Generated Revenue IGR in the face of dwindling economic resources in the country, through engaging the services of a consultant, Arewa Research and Development Project.

The workshop has drawn participants from Farmers’ Association, Adamawa Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture, Cooperative Societies, Political Parties, the organised labour, media and the General Public.

Declaring the workshop open Saturday in the Government House, Yola, the Secretary to the State Government SSG Malam Bashir Ahmad said the workshop was to educate stakeholders on the agribusiness so that they will understand the concept and in turn educate the populace.

Malam Ahmad reiterated government’s promise to be transparent in its dealings believing that there are different ways of boosting the economic base of the state which agriculture and mineral resources the state is endowed with fall among.

The agribusiness he further revealed has been carefully studied over the past one and a half year by the government hence its adoption and hoped that, with the workshop, the implementation of the programme will become easier in the state.

In his presentation, the leader of the team Arewa Research and Development Preject Aminu Buhari said the Agribusiness programme will provide Credit Guarantee Scheme of 5.15 billion that will be used to generate additional IGR in the first year of operations.

He added that other benefits the state stands to gain include Increase in the annual IGR from 8.3b on inception to 45b by the tenth year, return of the warehoused 5.15b credit Guarantee fund and Increase in Gross Domestic Product GDP from 1.7 b to 7.8 trillion among others.

Mr Buhari further said that the programme will also upgrade some selected grains and cattle markets in Mubi, Ganye, Song, Gombi, Ngurore, Tungo, Malabu, and Wuro bokki and drive socioeconomic benefits in the areas of employment generation, poverty reduction, wealth creation and improves security.

He stressed that the programme will improve economic fortunes of the state by creating one stop program that will focus on Agribusiness over a ten year period, creating and institutionalising market and their associate infrastructure reforms and attracting investment in the key sectors of the economy.

Most of the financial problems of the state according to the presenter was incurred by previous governments, hence the commendation on the present leadership in the state for tirelessly working to right the wrongs by engaging consultants in the field.

High point of the event was question and answer session.

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Gov Fintiri Performs Groundbreaking Of 2 Flyovers In Bauchi

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Adamawa State Governor, the Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on Sunday performant the ground breaking off the construction of two Flyover bridges in the heart of Bauchi by the State Government.


Performing the flag off on behalf of the Bauchi State Government, Governor Fintiri declared that Senator Bala Mohammad has developed a legacy of promises kept.


“With the projects I have seen in Bauchi State and the ones in the offing including the overhead bridges, we are about to flag off now, I am left with no other option than to congratulate the good people of Bauchi State for having a visionary and courageous leader like Senator Bala.

“The true definition of leadership often times, is not rooted in the quantum of resources at the disposal of a leader. It is more measured by the vision and courage such a leader brings to the fore in the decision of how such resource are deployed and the craft of what project are prioritized.” He said.


Governor Fintiri while commending Senator Bala for the design and prioritization of projects, noted that only few leaders have the courage to rise above lazy routes and brace up to gigantic projects.


He said that overerhead bridges referred to as Flyovers are not just symbols of municipal ecstasies but solutions to vehicular traffic which eases movement. “Having them in Bauchi is therefore a good decision that would continue to define the vision of Senator Bala Mohammed in solving the problem of not only the present-day Bauchi but the Bauchi of tomorrow.”


Speaking earlier, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammad noted that population growth informed the idea behind constructing the flyover, adding that it will redefining urban transportation.


Governor Bala said as gateway to the North East it will give a first visitor to the region a good impression.


He noted that the choice of Governor Fintiri to break the ground is deliberate, describing him as one of the best that has changed the landscape of the region through the execution of viable projects.


The Governor of Borno. Prof Babgana Zulum and that of Gombe Mohammad Inuwa Yahaya were present at the event.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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Adamawa Poly Matriculates 2,818 New Students For 2023/2024 Academic Session

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A total of 2,818 student have been matriculated into various discipline of studies at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Mohammed Dahiru Toungos gave the revelation at the weekend in his welcome address at the school’s matriculation ceremony Polytechnic.

Breaking down the admission category, the Rector explained that Yola and Jambutu campus have two thousand four hundred and twelve, two hundred and fourteen at Numan campus while it’s National Skill Qualification, NSQF has one hundred and two.

Professor Toungos pointed out that though the institution recorded low enrollment it however poised to delivering quality service to the students.

He enjoined the matriculants to commit to their studies with tenacity and focus.

The Rector urged the learners to be regular and consistent in attendance at lecture and eschew all forms of deviant behaviours.

While assuring them of maximum security and safety, Dahiru Toungos congratulated and them successful and prosperous studies.

Earlier in a remark, the students representative of the Polytechnic, Mr. Kingsley Johanna appreciated the school’s management for the privilege to study.

He counselled the matriculating students to widen their horizon and positively impact the society during and after their stay at the Polytechnic.

Yohanna who expressed their readiness to be law abiding charged his colleagues to seek and embrace wisdom, honesty and integrity among other noble virtues.

It is now left for the students to delve into studies in earnest and all tenacity to justify the oath they took and get their parents to pride in them.

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Bauchi Lawmaker Pledges To Expedite Passage Of Bill On Reduction Of Out-Of-School Children

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Honourable Nasiru Ala, the Chairman, House Committee on Education in the Bauchi State House of Assembly has pledged to expedite the passage of the state framework Bill to reduce Out-Of-School in the state.

He made the pledge during a two-day regional stakeholders meeting on out-of-school children and retention, transition as well as completion models in Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states.

According to him, any moment the bill is sent to the state House of Assembly from the Executive, the lawmakers would expedite actions to ensure that the bill is passed within three to four weeks.

He said “based on the law making, we are going to enact this particular law on the domestication of the Bauchi state framework to reduce Out-of-School children bill within three to four weeks from the day of reception from the Executive Arm.

“Our governor has been very cooperative and supportive on this particular issue of out of school children because it is a serious menace.

“As an academic, I’m not always happy anytime I hear the word Out-of-School children.

“That is why it’s not going to be a big deal in the Bauchi state House of Assembly to enact the state framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state.

“In three weeks time In-Sha-Allah, we are going to pass into Bill this State Framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state”.

Also speaking, Mr Raphael Aiyedipe, Education Officer, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, said that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had developed a National Framework of Action to Reduce Out-of-School Children and drive access to education in the country.

According to him, the framework commits to substantially and systematically decrease the number of Out-of-School children in Nigeria by 2030.

He highlighted some of the objectives of the framework to include; improve access and quality of education for all Nigerian children, drive improvement in learning and relevant skills development.

Others, he said, were to accelerate the social and economic development of communities and the country at large.

“The Framework has 5 thematic areas that includes; political actors and this means gaining the political will and government commitment.

“Best practices and alternative pathways and this translates to defeating learning poverty, Community accountability, that is engaging stakeholders to build ownership.

“Technology and ICT which means improving access through innovative solutions and Financing mechanisms, that is, reaching the most vulnerable,” he explained.

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