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27-year old Nigerian wins £25,000 for developing a tutoring app

27-year old Nigerian wins £25,000 for developing a tutoring app

A 27-year-old Nigerian, Godwin Benson has won an engineering award given by  UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering for the tutoring app developed by him. According to the BBC, Benson, a systems engineer, beat 16 participants to clinch the £25,000 ($32,000) prize money. At the awards ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya on 23 May 2017, the four finalists delivered presentations, before Africa Prize ... Read More »

Agric Minister Recommends Arrest Of Herdsmen Carrying Arms

Agric Minister Recommends Arrest Of Herdsmen Carrying Arms

The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, has asked security agencies to arrest herdsmen who move about with guns while grazing their cattle. The Minister says the arrest of such individuals who violate the nation’s law regarding possession of arms and ammunition will be a short term solution to the recent killings by suspected herdsmen. Mr Audu Ogbe was speaking at a prayer ... Read More »

Fulani Invasion: Group calls for boycott of beef consumption in Benue

Fulani Invasion: Group calls for boycott of beef consumption in Benue

A group under the aegis of Movement Against Fulani Occupation (MAFO), today, staged  a peaceful demonstration in makurdi, the Benue state capital, demanding the federal government to take decisive action against the Fulani crisis in Benue and all other religious related issues across the country. The group condemned the wanton killings in Agatu, Tarka, Buruku Kwande Makurdi  and  other parts of ... Read More »

FG to launch N59.7bn Youth-In-Agriculture Scheme in September

FG to launch N59.7bn Youth-In-Agriculture Scheme in September

Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director-General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), on Sunday said the Federal Government would launch N59.7 billion Youth-In-Agriculture Scheme in September. Sanginga, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, said the scheme would be sponsored by the federal government and African Development Bank (AFDB). The director-general said IITA would ... Read More »

Dangote Group Launches 20,000-Hectare Rice Production Scheme in Jigawa

Dangote Group Launches 20,000-Hectare Rice Production Scheme in Jigawa

The Dangote Group, yesterday launched 20,000 hectare rice production scheme, aimed at making the country self-sufficient in rice production and food secure by the year 2018. Speaking at the flagging-off of the scheme at Hago Fadama kafin-Hausa local government area of the state, the state governor Alhaji Badaru Abubakar Badaru said, the project was part of his government’s commitment to ... Read More »

DIVERSIFICATION: How Agric Sector Can Bounce Back As Mainstay Of Nigeria’s Economy

DIVERSIFICATION: How Agric Sector Can Bounce Back As Mainstay Of Nigeria’s Economy

Agricultural sector which used to be the stronghold of Nigeria’s economy was abandoned as a result of crude oil discovery. Timothy Opaluwa writes on the feasibility of the sector reclaiming its past glory as the mainstay of the nation’s economy. Since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, agriculture had been the mainstay of the nation’s economy, providing the largest portion of foreign ... Read More »

World Bank to establish agric. equipment centres for cassava farmers

World Bank to establish agric. equipment centres for cassava farmers

Dr Adetunji Oredipe, Senior Agricultural Economist with the World Bank on Tuesday said the bank would establish equipment hiring enterprise centres for cassava farmers in Kogi to encourage mechanisation. Read More »

Kaduna to disburse N2 billion interest-free loan to boost rice production

Kaduna to disburse N2 billion interest-free loan to boost rice production

Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State on Sunday said the state had received a N2 billion soft loan for onward disbursement to rice farmers– to boost its production in the state. Mr. El-Rufa’i said this during the 2nd town hall meeting in Zaria. He advised the rice farmers to access the loan to improve their revenue base, as his administration ... Read More »

Netherlands to assist Nigerian farmers – Official

Netherlands to assist Nigerian farmers – Official

The Head of Netherlands Representation in Lagos, Michel Deelen, on Sunday disclosed his government’s plan to provide Nigerian farmers with technical assistance that would increase crop production. Mr. Deelen said it is imperative for Netherlands to support Nigeria because of the existing relationship between both countries in different areas. The envoy said the agriculture sector was one major area where ... Read More »

Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Adesina, emerges Forbes Africa Person of the Year

Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Adesina, emerges Forbes Africa Person of the Year

The minister has helped eliminate corruption in fertiliser subsidy. Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, has been named the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2013. Organisers of the award said on Tuesday that Mr. Adesina, who was nominated for his reforms in Nigeria’s agriculture sector, resulting in the empowerment of more than six million farmers across Nigeria, defeated four ... Read More »