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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday admitted that Nigeria has been turbulent since he took over power from the previous government 2015.

The president made this known while inaugurating the Food Security Council chaired by him.

At the inauguration, the president spoke about Nigeria’s “very turbulent” journey in the past three years, the period of his administration.

Read the full speech below.

“Two weeks ago, I announced my intention to establish and chair a presidential level committee that focuses on food security, I am happy that today it has become a reality.

“Nigeria’s journey in the last three (3) years, has been a very turbulent one. The country’s need for critical job creating sectors which has been ignored for decades is now beginning to yield results.

“We introduced the National Social Investment Programmes targeting millions of Nigerians who are living from hand to mouth.

“We launched agricultural programmes focusing on import substitution, job creation and rural development thereby bringing socio-economic transformation to the millions of citizens living in some of the most remote rural parts of our country.

“We commenced the long term Pollution Remediation Projects in the Niger Delta with the hope of restoring dignity and normalcy to the millions of Nigerians impacted by decades of pollution in their communities. Fishing and farming will resume once blighted areas are rehabilitated.

“We intensified our participation in the Lake Chad Basin Commission with the goal of reversing the shrinkage of the lake, which impacts the livelihoods of over 45 million farmers, herdsmen and fishermen in the LCBC countries.

“We issued the first ever green bond that will act as a catalyst for investments in renewable energy and afforestation projects. This was oversubscribed, sharing market confidence in the country and our government.

“We established the Agro Rangers Unit within the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to protect the billions of naira of investments recorded in Nigeria’s agricultural sector across the country.

“We continued to equip the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to fight maritime criminals such as pirates and sea robbers who adversely impact offshore and inland fishing activities in our waters.

“These programmes and many more, have started yielding results and if sustained, will transform the lives of millions of Nigerians across the country.

“We are well aware that the full results will not be felt or seen overnight. The journey is long. It is therefore our collective duty to ensure the actual and potential positive impacts of these programmes are sustained, improved and expanded.

“A key mandate of the Food Security Council is to continuously assess and enhance these infant, but impactful programmes, thereby guaranteeing they achieve their full potential.

“We shall also develop new programmes and projects that will protect and indeed, create more jobs in farming, fisheries, animal husbandry and forestry.

“As we all know, land is use for farming, grazing and forestry, Water is used for irrigation, livestock sustenance and fishing.

Therefore, any strategy for land and water management must take into account the interconnectivity of all these key sectors to ensure equity and sustainability.

“We will also not lose sight of the other issues that will impact our food production ambitions such as; Population growth, Urbanisation, IndustrialisationRural Infrastructure Development andClimate Change.

“These factors will also stress and stretch our land and water resources.

This means we must invest in research and development to enhance yields and outputs.

“Moreover, we are not insulated from Global and Regional events. Accordingly we develop local programs, but not lose sight of events from a far and their impact on us.

Specifically, issues such as smuggling and dumping, which is our responsibility to ensure we develop and enforce strategies to protect Nigeria from these illegal and unhealthy imports.

“The Council includes Governors representing the six (6) geopolitical zones. Some geopolitical zones have similar Eco climatic conditions.

The council is therefore a platform to further enhance the collaboration between the federal and state governments. We shall share success stories and collaborate to address common threats.

“We will also engage key stakeholders representing the core sectors of the Food Value Chain.

Regular consultations will be held with investors, development partners, financiers, academia and our friends and allies abroad.

“ Our deliberations will look into all the issues and our decisions will be implementable and impactful.

We shall stay focused, first and foremost on securing our food requirements and employment for our people, especially the youth.

We shall feed ourselves and build an inclusive Nigeria for ourselves and for future generations.”

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2019: PDP Names Sambo, Nine Others To Screen Atiku, Turaki, Saraki, Tambuwal

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The Peoples Democratic Party has named a former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, as head of a 10-man committee to screen its presidential aspirants ahead of the emergence of a candidate.

The party named the committee members on Thursday night.

Other members of the committee include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; a former President of the Senate, Iyorcha Ayu; Chief Tom Ikimi; Chief Okwesikizie Nwodo; and Hajia Ina Ciroma.

Others are Kema Chikwe; Dr. Haliru Bello; Chief Ebenezer Babatope; and the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel.

Those to be screened include a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN); Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; and a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido.

Others are President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; a former President of the Senate, David Mark; a former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jona Jang; a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed; and Usifo Stanley.

The party also named a 25-member appeal panel in the case of a disagreement on the screening by any of the aspirants.

The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, is the head of the appeal panel.

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Ambode Does Not Deserve The Sympathy Of Lagosians, Sanwo-Olu Should Be Rejected —- SPN

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The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Thursday prayed that the fight between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu should worsen.

The opposition party in a statement on Thursday jointly signed by its Chairman, Rufus Olusesan and Publicity Secretary, Shoyombo M.K, urged Nigerians not to support Tinubu’s alleged quest to replace Ambode but to seize the opportunity to disrupt “the typical bourgeois politics wherein a tiny organised mafia is dictating the affairs and looting of collective resources.”

According to them, neither Ambode nor Tinubu deserved the sympathy of Lagos residents.

SPN urged Lagosians to reject Sanwo-Olu and Ambode and seize the opportunity to vote for its candidates to liberate Lagos from ‘moneybags.

“The Socialist Party of Nigeria states clearly that neither Sanwo-Olu nor Ambode represents a future that will make Lagos work for the mass of its poor working people, given the fact that they both represent the wishes and aspiration of big business and the moneybags.

“The struggle between the Mandate Movement loyal to Tinubu and Ambode is about business and profit interests of the contending forces of the ruling elite in Lagos.

“The disagreement between them should be used as an opportunity to free Lagos from “self-succession in power and installation of cronies as governors,” the statement said.

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I Will Accept Outcome Of PDP Presidential Primary – Aminu Tambuwal

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Sokoto State governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said on Tuesday that he would accept the outcome of the party’s presidential primary scheduled for between October 5 and October 6 in Port Harcourt.

Tambuwal stated this in Birnin Kebbi when he met stakeholders of the party as part of his familiarisation visit ahead of the primary.

He said: “I deem it appropriate to start the visit with Kebbi State being my home as Sokoto and Zamfara.

“Our party is still consulting the stakeholders on who to present to contest for the presidential position.

‘‘If the consultation fails, we will do the primary and I will accept the outcome and support whoever emerges as our candidate.

“I had left PDP for APC in view of the situation we found ourselves under PDP in the last government and joined APC for our conviction and presumption that the party would do the expected.”

He promised to address the security challenges in Zamfara, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna, Benue, Taraba as well as Kebbi if elected the president.

Earlier, the Deputy State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Musa Argungu, assured Tambuwal that party members would support his aspiration.

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