By Our Reporter, Lafia
Nasarawa State Government, the Azman Rice Farms Limited and Toto community, have jointly signed a tripartite agreement for 14,000 hectares of land for the cultivation of rice in Umuasha, in Toto Local Government Area.
The agreement signing ceremony took place on Friday, at the Government House, in Lafia.
Signing of the tripartite agreement brings to an end months of discussions and negotiations, as part of the commitment of Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule’s commitment to ensure that every part of the state boasts of a major industry for revenue generation, as well as providing employment for the people.
Commenting shortly after the signing of the agreement, Engineer Sule said his dream is to see people of the state have something to do, stressing that the signing of the agreement signalled the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship between the state government, Azman Farms and the Toto community.
“What excites me is to see people having something to do, see people who thought they have no dreams and now there dreams are being fulfilled and now they have something to do,” the Governor said.
Engineer Sule however noted that, as with everything new, challenges are to be expected.
“It is expected, that we are still going to have a few questions to answer, it is expected that certain things will come up, certain questions that we have not seen now.
“It is expected that what is more important is having the wisdom and the believe that whatever comes up, we will be able to resolve them,” he stated.
The Governor commended the Toto paramount ruler, the Ohimege Opanda, HRH Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, for ensuring the agreement took place, the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe, for the role he continued to play throughout the negotiations, Chairman of Toto Local Government for his supportand the Toto community for accepting Azman Farms to be part of their community.
Earlier, state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, said with the signing of the agreement, all is set for the payment of compensation for members of the community who willingly gave their lands for the purpose of the project.
Barrister Kana explained that the lease is for 45 years, with the land to be handed over to the Azman Farms only after compensation was paid.
While noting that the signed agreement presented the willing intensions of all parties, with respect to the transactions, the Attorney-General added that Azman Farms has agreed to undertake Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) in the area by way of meeting the infrastructural challenges of the community.
Responding on behalf of the investors, Azman Group Chairman, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, said they were in the state based on the invitation of Engineer Sule to join him towards developing Nasarawa State.
“We are here to give our maximum contribution towards provision of employment for the people of the state,” Alhaji Sarina said.
He further disclosed that the company is ready to commence work as soon as they are in possession of the land.
Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe signed the agreement on behalf of the state government, while Azman Group Chairman, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, signed on behalf of Azman Farms. Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe, represented the Toto community at the ceremony.
Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi
Following the massive looting and destruction of medical and agricultural equipments, the Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of medical equipment worth billions of naira at the Central Medical Store and Agricultural Development Project warehouse both situated in Lokoja, the State capital by hoodlums.
In a statement signed and issue on Friday, by Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, said the Minister described the hoodlums as enemies of the state, also called on the state government especially the Governor not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, but be focused in repositioning the health sector for efficient service delivery.
Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the devastation of medical equipment in the state was quite enormous, she however expressed the hope that the state would bounce back better and stronger.
In her words; “My heart blends when I saw the wanton destruction of our essential drugs warehouse by hoodlums. I was particularly pained that these enemies of state and heartless looters came in at a time when the state government is taking steps to equip our health centres in view of the global health challenges.
“Nevertheless, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that this trying period is just a phase, and Kogi state will come out better. Governor Yahaya Bello should not be deterred by this very sad development, but be focused in his health sector recovery efforts”.
The minister also commended the state police command for the arrest of suspected looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, just as she called on the commissioner of police to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters in the state. The statement added.
FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems
As parts of ongoing efforts to checkmate excesses in discharge of their official duties effectively and efficiently geared towards achieved set goal of the commission. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday signed an updated tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and United States foremost competition and consumer protection authority, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and jointly, (the Agencies’).
The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in addressing mutual cross-border consumer protection/fraud concerns and problems.
The updated MoU reaffirms the Agencies’ intention and willingness to deploy their capacities to work together, share information, and assist one another in relevant investigations. It also establishes a Joint Implementation Committee to develop joint training programmes and provide assistance with regards to specific investigations.
The MOU also affirms the Agencies’ continuing support for econsumer.gov; a joint project of similar agencies from 40 countries for reporting international online scams. The MOU is a framework for voluntary cooperation that does not change existing laws in either country.
Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, FCCPC, Mohammed Umar Abba, Acting Executive Chairman, EFCC and, Joseph Simons, Chairman, FTC all signed the updated MoU on behalf of their respective agencies.
Commenting on the MoU, Babatunde Irukera, EVC/CEO, FCCPC said “this cross-border collaboration is perhaps one of the most vital tools for combating criminal conduct and consumer protection violations which now transcend territories. Indeed, criminals and exploiters specifically create arrangements and devices to exploit consumers globally from remote locations in order to escape justice and retribution. This framework strengthens our joint abilities and efforts to address this”.
FCCPC discharges its mandate of protection by both preventive and remedial action including complaint resolution, investigations and enforcement action, while the EFCC investigates and prosecutes financial crimes including frauds perpetrated on consumers. The FTC is the United States government’s equivalent of the FCCPC with a mandate to regulate competition and enforce consumer protection laws.
This MoU is consistent with FCCPC’s mandate and strategy to cooperate with counterpart agencies and other regulators to protect consumers and promote market competition in Nigeria.
Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack
A serving house of Assembly member in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has broken down in tears on Live TV, following the backlash he’s receiving from Nigerians over social media regulation.
Recall that the former actor, at the Lagos State House of Assembly in his submission, pushed for passing if social media regulation bill.
the controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths boast him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.
Desmond Elliot in a new interview on Arise TV broke down in tears. This came after he apologized for his statement earlier.
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