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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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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements

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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria

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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair

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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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