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Adamawa Set To Diversify Into Livestock Sector, Targets 50% Revenue Increase

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In a bid to reduce its reliance on monthly federal allocation for its revenue, the Adamawa State government says it is fully prepared to develop its livestock industry and agribusiness in general, according to Dr. Ishaya Dabari, the state’s finance commissioner.

Dabari, who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, in Yola, added that pursuing the agribusiness programme had become necessary to serve as alternative to oil and the monthly federal allocation.

Dabari noted that the livestock value chain was an internationally recognised vibrant business similar, to crop farming and was not restricted to any particular tribe or nation.

The 2019 statistics of the Adamawa State Ministry for Livestock Production had indicated that the state is the number one producer and supplier of cattle and beef in the country.

According to the commissioner, responding to the demands of the non-oil sector to its fullest is the only solution for economic diversification and reducing over dependence on federal monthly allocations.

Dabari said that the state’s agribusiness programme was intensively designed to develop standards and a vibrant economy in the state within the shortest possible period.

He added that the era of the state government depending on monthly federal allocation to pay workers’ salaries and execute developmental projects was over, especially given what happened at the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meetings in the past three months.

“The last three months from April, June and July during the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting, is enough a lesson for the state government to hasten its agribusiness programme.

“Because, over 80 per cent of the monthly amount distributed was from the non-oil sector, in fact, even in July, the NNPC contributed less than 10 per cent.

“If the Federal Government is responding to non-oil based economic sectors for revenue generation, same also with Adamawa State,” Dabari said.

He added that in line with its agribusiness plan, the state government had keyed into the Federal Government’s RUGA programme to boost livestock business for economic development.

Dabari explained that the state government was mainly focusing on livestock and other fundamental agricultural products in which it had comparative advantage.

He said that the essence of the agribusiness programme was to enable the state exploit its potentials and invest heavily in cattle businesses, through upgrades of major cattle markets into modern markets across the state.

In line with this development, the state government has commenced and done all the needful, including the legal requirements to launch a N25 billion naira bond, so as to harness its agricultural potentials.

“We have done all the needful and a prospectus had been issued and what remains are just a few things and very soon they will hit the markets.

“Beside livestock, there are other Agricultural products, but the focus will be livestock, which include cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and poultry.

“Because, we have looked at our natural endowments, God given lands, we know that cattle is one of the major areas which, if given proper attention, will boost the state’s economy by 50 per cent and beyond,” Dabari said.

He added that the state will exploit the entire value chain of the livestock sector, including production, processing and aggregation, where production of beef, milk, cheese and other products would be given priority attention.

Dabari said that the government projects that in the next two years, it should generate more than 50 per cent of its monthly FAAC.

“Right now, our Internally Revenue Generation is very poor, because up till today we are not generating up to 20 per cent of our FAAC allocation.

“However, with what we planned and put in place, definitely in the next two years, the state should generate substantial revenues from agriculture-based business,” he said.

He added that having keyed into the RUGA programme, a high-level committee had been put in place to look into the programme for proper and effective implementation.

When implemented, the programme would help to amicably resolve the lingering problem between farmers and herders, as well as issues of grazing reserves and ranching, the commissioner said, adding that it was also expected to provide jobs to the teeming unemployed youth in the state.

He pointed out that both farmers and cattle rearers were very important in boosting and sustaining the state’s economy.

“Therefore, anything that will bring them together to live in peace is among the government’s top priorities,” the commissioner said.

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NUC Approves 43 Academic Programmes For Federal University Kashere

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By Tom Garba, Yola

National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved all 43 academic programs presented for certification during the October/November 2023 accreditation exercise of Federal University Kashere.

This development was made known in a press release signed by the University’s public relations officer, Mrs Janet Ibrahim Ezekiel and presented to this medium today.

NUC approval document with the reference number NUC/ES/412/VOL.14/327, which was addressed to Prof. Umaru A. Pate, Vice Chancellor of the university with the caption, “Result of the October/November 2023 Accreditation of Academic Programmes in Nigerian Universities.

This indicated that in line with the provision of section 10 (1) of the Education (National Minimum Standard and Establishment of Institutions) Act CAP E3. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the commission organized the Accreditation of academic programs at the Federal University of Kashere in October/November and accredited all 43 academic status

Among the programs listed were postgraduate programs presented for accreditation, as well as some existing undergraduate programs presented for re-accreditation, and others were newly established programs presented for initial accreditation, all of which were approved, with no programs denied accreditation.

According to the results, out of the 43 programs offered, all four (4) postgraduate programs received accreditation status, 32 undergraduate programs received full accreditation, and 7 other undergraduate programs received interim accreditation status.

” It is important to note that any Postgraduate Programme with Accredited Status and Undergraduate Programme with Full Accreditation will remain valid for five (5) years after which they will be presented for re-accreditation, whereas those with Interim Accreditation Status will be valid for two (2) years before being re-accredited.

“You may be aware that the Federal University of Kashere offers 98 academic programs, 49 at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. It is also worth noting that all 49 Postgraduate Programmes have been authorized and recognized; 42 Undergraduate Programmes have Full Accreditation Status, while the remaining seven (7) Undergraduate Programmes have Interim Accreditation Status.” The statement said

In response to the latest development, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Umaru A. Pate, thanked Allah for the good conclusion and congratulated all staff participating in the accreditation process, calling it a communal achievement. While promising to work toward solidifying the achievement, the Vice Chancellor also requested additional cooperation from the entire University personnel in his efforts to convert the University into a true fortress of learning.

It should be noted that the Vice Chancellor, upon taking office on February 11, 2021, pledged to strengthen the University’s academic standards and quality assurance as one of his administration’s six priorities, as seen by the outcomes of this accrediting exercise.

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Cleric Advocates Educational Reform In Nigeria, Berates Change In National Anthem

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Reverend Father Maurice Kwairanga, the Parish Priest of Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Ngurore is emphasizing the need for educational reform in Nigeria, rather than just changing the national anthem.

He believes that the energy spent on changing the anthem could have been better spent addressing the issues in the education system, such as decay in public schools and institutions.

The priest said this during a mass to commemorate Saint Charles Lwanga Day and also unveiled a learning institute to address the decaying standard of education across the country.

He said it is worrisome that structures in public schools are now death traps, and unqualified teachers are now mentors of the younger generation.

He said the church has taken the initiative to establish a new school, Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery, primary school, and college, to contribute to improving education in the country.

“We will build a world-class school in this part of Nigeria. As a church, we might not have the funds at the moment, but we have the will to do it. The Saint Charles Lwanga Nursery and Primary will have all the modern teaching equipment and qualified teachers, unlike what is obtainable in the public schools”

His message highlights the importance of prioritizing education to drive meaningful change and development in Nigeria.

As a church leader, he lent his voice in calling for patriotic Nigerians to invest in education by supporting initiatives that will strengthen the sector and improve the standard of education.

Highlights of the Saint Charles Lwanga Day in Ngurore were traditional dances from different communities.

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Gov Fintiri Mourns As Ndatam Wesley Fwa Dies At 85

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has mourned the passing of late Baba Ndatam Wesley Fwa, at the age of 85.

Governor Fintiri in company of his Deputy Prof Kaletapwa George Farauta, and other Government officials joined mourners at the family compound of the deceased who died after an illness.

Governor Fintiri described death of Wesley Fwa as a great lose not only to his family but, the entire Mbula Chiefdom and the state as a whole.

He revealed that the deceased’s wealth of experience will be sorely missed especially at a critical time in history of the state and country and urged the family to take solace in God and emulate the lifestyle of their late father and brother.

The Governor extended his condolences on behalf of his family and the government and prayed to God to rest the soul of baba Wesley in peace.

Responding on behalf of the family, brother of the deceased, Mr Al’ajibi Fwa, appreciated the Governor and his cabinet for identifying with the Fwa family in their moment of sorrow and wish him well.

Late Baba Prince Ndatam Wesley Fwa, died at Absolute Care Hospital and left behind 6 children, grand children and great grand children. 

Prominent among the deceased children is the former Demsa LGA Chairman, Wenakan Wesley Fwa.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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