The National Food Security Council (NFSC), chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, will make rice available before the Christmas festivity.
The Deputy Chairman of the Council, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
He stated that the Council was aware of the current high prices of rice, assuring Nigerians that rice would be made available at a cheaper rate.
According to the governor, the government is also aware of the activities of some individuals and groups bent on frustrating the new rice policy.
“The good news is that there is a lot of production in the country. All the Millers in Nigeria have enough paddy and farmers are producing and the harvest is coming in strong.
“We believe in addition to market forces, there are some people bent on manipulating the situation in order to exploit bigger revenue, bigger profits and some may even be doing so for the wrong reason.
“They want to truncate policy which is helping the Nigerian economy; which is helping Nigerian millers; which is helping the Nigerian farmers and the Nigerian population.
“We are taking steps to ensure that more rice is taken to markets where shortages can easily be created.
“There is enough product in the country and the National Food Security Council is focused on how to ensure that availability is restored all across the country so that prices will come down reflective of the cost of production,” he said.
On the reported loss of about N1 billion by Onion farmers in Kebbi State, Bagudu said the government would always respond to farmers’ predicaments promptly.
The governor, however, said that relevant agencies had not completed the assessment of the total loss by the farmers.
He disclosed that the federal government had approved N23billion for distribution to States affected by flood disaster this year.
“We have always responded to farmers’ issues or any trade group that has a misfortune, both the State and the Federal Government has been very active in helping.
“You may recall that recently, Mr President approved about N23 billion for states affected by the flood which Kebbi is one of them, and this is in addition to our own resources that we mobilize to support our farmers.
“This year’s rainy season is unusual, as of last week there was rain and it’s unusual.
“For the onion farmers, they have calculated that the rain will stop by September because when the onion is growing there is a point at which it does not desire rainfall, now we have rainfall.
“I’m not sure of the N1 billion lost in terms of the quantum because we have not done the assessment but we are always willing and ready to support all our producers especially when they are faced with unforeseen circumstances like this,” he said.
NAN reports that Bagudu was on the entourage of Buhari’s official visit to Saudi Arabia which ended on Saturday.
Other governors on the president’s entourage included Prof. Babagana Zulum of Borno and Aminu Masari of Katsina. (NAN)
Makinde vs Adelabu: Confusion As APC, PDP Celebrate Appeal Court Ruling In Oyo
There was wild jubilation in Oyo State following the Monday ruling of the Appeal Court on the application filed by the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the last elections, Adebayo Adelabu, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan held that there was a miscarriage of justice at the Oyo State Election Petition Tribunal because they should have considered every document submitted to prove its case and not lump it together and consider it as one, it did not give any consequential order to that effect.
The Appellate Court in its ruling resolved the four issues filed by Adelabu in favour of Makinde and dismissed the four reasons. The court had noted that it allowed the appeal because there were issues of a miscarriage of justice at the lower court but added that a judgement must be given after considering a situation in its entirety.
The four-man panel further noted that in this situation the 180 days mandated for the tribunal to operate had lapsed and there was consequently no reason to touch the ruling of the lower court.
Adelabu had filed an appeal through his counsel, Yusuf Alli (SAN), against the judgement of the tribunal upholding the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Engr Seyi Makinde, praying the court to dismiss the judgment of the lower court and order a fresh election while counsel to Seyi Makinde urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the judgement of the case.
While the camps of the APC has started jubilating, the PDP camp has also started jubilating in reaction to the judgement.
APC United Kingdom as at 1:07 PM via his verified Twitter handle @APCUKingdom tweeted that “[BREAKING NEWS] Appeal court rules in favour of APC Gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, as his appeal was upheld. More Details shortly! #NextLevel @OfficialAPCNg @apcghanachapter @apcyouthomoodua.”
Appeal court rules in favour of APC Gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Adelabu, as his appeal was upheld.
More Details shortly!#NextLevel @OfficialAPCNg @apcghanachapter @apcyouthomoodua pic.twitter.com/pHnxg7L5GC
— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) November 11, 2019
The PDP via G.S.M Media @MakindeMedia, an independent media campaign team for Makinde said: “Congratulations Gov. Seyi Makinde. People’s choice!”
Congratulations Gov. Seyi Makinde.
People’s choice! pic.twitter.com/P2xHZEMAt2
— G.S.M Media (@MakindeMedia) November 11, 2019
A copy of the image accompanying the tweet was also posted by Oyo State PDP via @PDPOyoState.
Great News! 12-Year-Old Nigerian Boy, Chika Ofili, Bags Award In UK For Discovering A New Formula In Mathematics
Master Chika Ofili, a 12-year-old Nigerian boy based in the UK, has bagged a special award for recognition after making a shocking new discovery in mathematics.
He is said to have discovered a new formula for divisibility by 7 in mathematics.
12-year-old Nigerian boy based in the UK, Chika Ofili, has been presented with a Special Recognition Award for making a new discovery in Mathematics.
The little Mathematician just discovered a new formula for divisibility by 7 in Maths. pic.twitter.com/KGUIgsT6Dm
— NG to the World (@SplufikNG) November 11, 2019
His new formula for divisibility of 7 is to multiply the last digit in the figure and then add everything together, then check if the new figure is a multiple of 7.
For example, to check if 7 can divide 532, the process is illustrated below:
53 + 2 x 5= 63
63, is a multiple of 7; hence 7 can divide it. Amazing isn’t it??? Nigeria to the World!!!
FG Declares Monday Public Holiday
The Federal Government has declared Monday as Public Holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Mawlud which is in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, NAN reports.
He said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and enjoined them to live within the virtues and teachings of the Prophet.
He said imbibing the Prophet’s virtues of love, courage, and perseverance would guarantee peace and security in the country.
Aregbesola expressed confidence that the challenges confronting Nigeria at the moment would soon be over and therefore called on Nigerians to remain focused and determined.
He gave the assurance that with the immense potentials the country is endowed with; coupled with its human and natural resources, Nigeria will sooner than later join the league of developed nations.
“With love, commitment, self-sacrifice, patience and patriotism, we will certainly, build a greater Nigeria,” Aregbesola said.
The Minister restated the Government’s desire to ensure a peaceful and secure environment for all Nigerians.