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PDP sweeps chairmanship seats in Abia LG ballot

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The Abia State Unbiased Electoral Fee (ABSIEC) has declared the Peoples Democratic Social gathering’s (PDP) 17 chairmanship candidates, as winners of the simply concluded native authorities councils election within the state.

Prof. Mkpa Mkpa, the Chairman of ABSIEC, introduced the outcomes on Sunday in Umuahia.

Mkpa stated that the Labour get together received six councillorship seats, out of the ten in Ikwuano Native Authorities Space (LGA) of the state, whereas PDP cleared all councillorship seats within the remaining LGAs of the State.

He counseled the voters for the peaceable conduct of the election.

He additional counseled ABSIEC officers for his or her dedication to obligation throughout the election,as effectively regulation enforcement companies for his or her position in sustaining peace and order throughout the ballot.

The fee’s chairman stated that Clinton Ebere of PDP polled 26,321 votes to emerge winner in Aba South, whereas Prince Ikonne of the PDP polled 29,851 votes to defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) who scored 3,492 votes in Aba North.

He stated Ibe Nwoke of PDP polled 79,640 votes to defeat APC candidate who bought 5 votes in Obingwa LGA, Kamalu Christian of the PDP polled 26,820 to defeat the APC candidate who scored 10 votes in Osisioma Ngwa LGA

“In Ugwunagbo LGA , Nnata Chinasaokwu of the PDP emerged winner by polling 28,800 votes to defeat the APC candidate who scored 120 votes.

“In Ukwa East LGA,  Nwagbara Chuks of the PDP received with 6,235 votes, defeating the candidate of the APC, who polled 135 votes, whereas Kanu Levi of the PDP polled 9,630 votes in Ukwa West LGA to defeat the the APC candidate, who bought 804 votes.

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“In Isiala Ngwa North LGA, Ochulor Chinwendu of the PDP  received with 18,323 votes in opposition to the APC candidate who bought 210 votes, whereas Anyatonwu Ikechi of the PDP emerged unopposed with 17,465 votes in Isiala Ngwa South LGA.

“In Arochukwu LGA, Dan Kalu of the PDP emerged unopposed with 15,620 votes, whereas in Bende LGA, Onwuchekwa Emmanuel of the PDP, scored 33,561 votes to defeat the candidate of the APC who polled 2,320 votes,” he stated.

He stated that Ugochukwu Njinkonye of PDP received in Umuahia North with 29,931 votes, Benson Humphery of PDP, polled 11,480 votes to win in Umuahia South.

“Madu Ifeanyi emerged winner in Umunneochi LGA with 6,971 votes, defeating the APC candidate who bought 188 votes.

“In Isiukwuato LGA, Agbaeze Chimaobi of the PDP scored 15,630 votes to defeat the APC candidate who bought 1,200 votes, whereas Ukaiwe Okoroafor of the PDP scored 28,671 votes to defeat the APC candidate who scored 3,520 votes in Ohafia LGA.

“In Ikwuano LGA, Mpamaugo Stephen of the PDP emerged winner with 8,720 votes in opposition to the APC candidate, who scored 110 votes,” he stated.

Talking with newsmen shortly, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, the Commissioner for Data, stated that the election will assist to spice up rural growth.

Okiyi-Kalu congratulated the newly elected leaders and urged them to satisfy their marketing campaign guarantees to the voters.(NAN)

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Some individuals need Amotekun to fail — Makinde

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By Yinka Ajayi

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State believes some individuals need Oyo State Safety Community Company, also referred to as Operation Amotekun, to fail amid safety challenges in components of the state. Makinde additionally speaks on the second wave of COVID-19 and the measures his authorities is taking to handle them.

Regardless of the dedication of your authorities to the safety of the state, there have been some safety challenges with the police within the state seeming to not be self-motivated. Following the #EndSARS saga, the police in Oyo seem like reluctant to return to work absolutely. What’s going on?

The #EndSARS protests led to the lack of lives together with police personnel. There was a complete breakdown of belief and even between myself and the police as a result of they thought I needs to be supporting them (police). I mentioned then that the police ought to take the again seat and help different safety businesses however I didn’t say it as a result of I don’t love the officers and males of the police or as a result of we’re not appreciative of the work that they’re doing. I mentioned it as a result of they had been the goal of the #EndSARS protests. We didn’t need an escalation of pressure. However we’re within the strategy of rebuilding the belief and relationship and I can let you know that the officers and males of the Nigeria Police, Oyo State Command are doing their bit. It’s a troublesome state of affairs that all of us discover ourselves and other people thought #EndSARS has come and gone and they need to go on with their regular lives. No. It’s like when a thread is damaged. Sure, you’ll be able to be part of it however the size would have shortened.

So, I’ll commend the efforts of the officers and males of the police as a result of they’re doing their finest. Since I got here again from the US the place I spent 10 days, now we have been working with the Nigeria Police and I’m anticipating the brand new Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Onadeko. I can guarantee you that any second from now, we should sit down and work on that relationship. I wish to use this chance to thank the heads of our safety businesses. Sure, Oyo is huge and a troublesome terrain to safe however they’ve been doing their finest to safe our state. I’m additionally urging residents to permit members of safety businesses do their work with out concern of being focused for the work they’re doing.

One other concern that has turn into a significant concern is the high-handedness of the Amotekun Corps within the state, with the story of the killings perpetrated by operatives. What’s your authorities doing to make sure that the company doesn’t lose the boldness of the individuals too quickly?

Any killing by Amotekun, particularly when it occurs in error, is regrettable. The case of the 23-year-old Tosin Thomas in Mokola space of Ibadan is condemnable. As a authorities, now we have made it abundantly clear that we don’t need any life to be misplaced in any avoidable circumstance and that’s the reason we gained’t hesitate to impose punishment on any Amotekun operative that’s caught doing issues in opposition to the legislation that arrange the group. As you could remember, the officer who pulled the set off has been dismissed and handed over to the police whereas his whole group has additionally been dismissed for being discovered culpable. For the previous six weeks that Amotekun has been deployed, now we have seen numerous experiences in newspapers. Most of those experiences are good however a couple of are unhealthy. And of the unhealthy, fairly a quantity are false info and pretend information. For instance, some newspapers carried a report that Amotekun killed seven Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa.

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Such a narrative was circulated to stoke ethnic pressure. Even, some respected media homes fell for this whereas the actual story was that Amotekun labored with group members, together with real herdsmen to flush out unhealthy components from the forests of Ibarapa and part of Oke Ogun. Every time you see a information merchandise, you wish to ask your self whether it is plausible or simply some no-good-people at work. I’ve to let you know that there are individuals amongst us who don’t need Amotekun to succeed and they’ll use lies and disinformation to push their agenda. We should realise the place we’re coming from and the place we actually wish to be.

Neighborhood policing is the best way ahead and now we have to make it work. If anyone says he’s abused by Amotekun and he can not pinpoint the Amotekun personnel in such space, the particular person might be not from that neighbourhood and he’s a faux information provider. On a common stage, whether or not it’s the police or Amotekun, I do know we do have belief deficit between the individuals and the authorities, and this makes it simpler to assume the worst of individuals in authority.

However we must always not minimize our noses to spite our faces. We should discover a steadiness in order that we don’t flip the individuals making an attempt to guard us to our enemies. We’re conscious that the belief deficit exists and now we have to do extra to bridge that hole and to earn the belief of the individuals.

However to handle your query straight, we’re going to put in place measures to make sure that Amotekun adheres strictly to requirements and ethics that can proceed to foster public confidence within the outfit. The truth is, I’ve mentioned it that anybody who has a real case in opposition to members of the Amotekun Corps ought to come ahead with their grievances. You should utilize any of the channels now we have put in place to make your case recognized and I can guarantee you that the case will likely be pursued to the complete extent of legislation.

Insecurity will not be peculiar to Oyo. It’s happening throughout the nation at this era, with a bulk of the challenges linked to youth unemployment. Having expressed the readiness to interact youths in a number of schemes and employment alternatives, is there any plan for unskilled individuals to be engaged by way of agriculture and different sectors?

I can let you know that we’re working in the direction of participating expert and unskilled youths by way of Agribusiness, Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and even direct labour for tasks throughout completely different businesses. It’s not simple as a result of now we have too a lot of our youths that aren’t engaged in something. So, they’ve discounted the longer term.

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I used to be telling anyone this afternoon that if a few of our youths moving into violence have wives, youngsters, and a few cash of their pockets, they are going to begin pondering severely about dwelling lengthy. But when they don’t have any of those, they are going to simply stay for the second. We’re not even saying one week down the road not to mention of 1 or 10 years down the road. On the safety assembly held final week, all of us agreed that we should put in a deliberate coverage to interact the youths and likewise see how we are able to reverse the rural-urban migration.

Final 12 months, after the ENDSARS protests, we talked about three issues that we might do to cut back youth unemployment and enhance the safety state of affairs within the state. We talked concerning the N500 million MSME fund, employment alternatives for five,000 younger individuals throughout all authorities businesses schemes and provision for direct labour company. We now have put these interventionist initiatives on this 12 months’s price range and we will likely be implementing them as scheduled. I believe we’re laying the suitable basis. In case you take a look at a lot of the tasks that we’re doing, for instance, Farmer’s Academy, which is at Awe, few of our youths are there proper now. Oyo State Agribusiness Improvement Company (OYSADA) is at Saki.

We are attempting to get individuals to go everywhere in the state. And also you additionally take a look at the infrastructural tasks that we’re embarking on, they’re concentrating on our financial system. On sports activities, we’re fixing the stadium at Oyo, Ogbomoso, Saki, Igbo Ora, Iseyin and the Olubadan Stadium right here aside from the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, which we’re renovating and remodelling. These are issues I believe we should do to start out scouting for abilities and capturing the minds of our youths. After all, we’re coming from a gap. So, you don’t anticipate that magic goes to occur inside 18 months however we’ll preserve striving and I believe we’re successful the struggle.

Wanting on the implementation of the COVID-19 protocol within the state, in the course of the first wave…

(Cuts in) There is no such thing as a second wave of COVID-19. We’re nonetheless within the first wave, as a result of I requested specialists on the difficulty of wave and so they made reference to the 1918 Spanish Flu.

The primary wave was throughout winter and so they acquired a respite as a result of they went by way of summer time, warmth and by the second winter, they’d one other flare-up of their state of affairs. However right here, it’s summer time all 12 months spherical. We don’t have winter. So, we’re nonetheless coping with the identical state of affairs since March of final 12 months.

However having simply returned from overseas, shouldn’t you have got gone into self-isolation primarily based on the protocol because it was enforced previously?

Between the 29th of December and three days in the past, I’ve had 4 COVID-19 exams. I did one on 29th to allow me to depart Nigeria.

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Once I acquired to the U.S. as a result of I flew by way of Dubai, they’d a 96-hour window and requested me to run one other check in any other case I couldn’t fly. I did one other one on the third of January as a result of my flight out was on the sixth of January however the outcome didn’t come out till the morning of the seventh. They didn’t enable me to fly on the sixth.

The outcome got here out on the seventh however it was greater than 96 hours. So, I nonetheless couldn’t fly. I needed to do one other check on the morning of the seventh, which got here identical day and I acquired on the flight on the seventh and arrived in Dubai. That was the third check. For Nigeria, you require a 72 hours check. My flight to Nigeria was on the 11th. So, on Sunday the 10th, I did one other check.

The protocol says in one other two weeks I ought to do one other check. So, I’ll do one other check. If inside the previous ten days, I’ve accomplished 4 COVID-19 exams and they’re all negatives, I’m positive of my standing and I’ve continued to take care of the non-pharmaceutical procedures of utilizing nostril masks and social distancing.

On the enforcement of the usage of face masks, is Oyo State contemplating imposing sanction on violators?

On the enforcement of utilization of face masks, this authorities spent N60 million to make a million face masks and we anticipate that we must always see the lively inhabitants, the market individuals and all people that’s presupposed to put on face masks, put that at 5 million in Oyo State, put on the masks. And if we supplied a million face masks, while you exit on the road, you wish to see a minimum of 20 per cent compliance however we didn’t see that as a result of the danger notion right here was fairly low. So, I believe we must always focus extra on the advisory that we gave out. By simply being modest, Professor Alonge and his group and Professor Olaleye, the pinnacle of the Virology Unit in UCH, Dr. Ibiyemi, Dr. Fowotade are a few of the finest brains you will get anyplace on the earth.

We sat down after we realised we had been confronted with a state of affairs similar to this, we requested ourselves what to do and we mentioned we must always give attention to issues that can enhance the immune system. We gave out the advisory and we anticipate individuals to comply with it, as a result of they’re quite simple issues. You do dogonyaro steam, eat bitter cola. You eat bitter leaf soup. In case you put bitter leaf soup in egusi, I imply, they’re issues we do usually and so they enhance the immune system. In order that’s one of many issues that we mentioned now we have to do and we will even work on the danger notion.

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Why we won’t recognise Obiozor as President-Normal of Ohaneze — IPOB

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…Says new Igbo chief imposed by ‘cabal’

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

The Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, stated it won’t recognise Chief George Obiozor as President- Normal of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, claiming he was imposed on Ndigbo.

IPOB additionally stated the previous Ohaneze Ndigbo management appointed Obiozor, saying folks weren’t allowed to elect who leads them.

IPOB in a press release entitled, “Why we are able to’t recognises George Obiozor as President Normal of Ohaneze Ndigbo” signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Highly effective, stated he was allegedly imposed on Ndigbo by a cabal.

The assertion reads: “We the worldwide household of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our nice chief, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, want to state with none ambiguity, that we can’t work along with the newly appointed President Normal of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief George Obiozor.

“It is because he was imposed on the Igbo socio-cultural physique by the cabal working Nigeria. The cabal was instrumental to the emergence of Obiozor as Ohaneze Nationwide President in response to our findings.

“IPOB carefully monitored the jamboree within the title of an election that produced Chief Obiozor as the brand new Ohanaeze helmsman, critically analysed the antecedents of these behind his emergence and concluded that we can’t in all honesty work with him as a result of we aren’t ideologically appropriate.

“Chief Obiozor will not be completely evil, however these behind him are unrepentant enemies of Biafra. Naturally, he can solely do the bidding of his sponsors, thus sacrificing Igbo curiosity.

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“We raised the alarm then however no person listened to us, so IPOB can’t work with a person we all know can be remote-controlled.

“We additionally want to make clear that we can’t work with the present bunch of Igbo sellouts clamouring for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 as a result of we all know their actual motives.

“They’re solely after their private features going by their antecedents.”

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Beans farmers in N-East relive horrors of ‘Wuta Wuta’

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By Femi Bolaji, Jalingo

For many Nigerians, beans are a  main supply of protein. The egume which is consumed by each rural and concrete dwellers has in latest instances witnessed an upsurge in its price worth throughout the nation.

This phenomenon has made lovers of the delicacy discover it harder to purchase this supply of protein with the intention to fulfill their every day dietary wants.

Nonetheless, farmers of the cowpea who decide the costs of this meals merchandise attributed the inconsistent market worth of the legume to pre-harvest losses.

The horrors of giant losses on funding and the battle to interrupt even have discouraged many farmers from venturing into beans cultivation.

In Nigeria’s North-East the place beans are largely cultivated, farmers have recognized Cowpea Witchweed as a serious reason behind their pre-harvest losses.

The pest, which is known as ‘WutaWuta’ (Hearth-Hearth) within the native Hausa language, was drawn from the ravaging impact of the pest on its host (beans seedling).

Recurrent losses through the years have discouraged many farmers on this area from cultivating the legume. Others handle to farm and promote their harvest at exorbitant costs to recoup losses.

Daredevil

The parasite, Cowpea Witchweed, is scientifically generally known as Striga gesnerioides. In response to Wikipedia, the weed belongs to a gaggle of parasitic vegetation that connect to the roots of its host.

As a parasitic organism, Striga will depend on its hosts for survival and in flip causes extreme hurt, thus depriving the crop of water and vitamins.

Its devastating impact typically results in very low yield or whole lack of seedlings for the farmer.

The European and Mediterranean Plant Safety Group (EPPO) international database on the distribution of Striga detailed Africa, Asia, America, and Oceania as a number of the locations it’s most prevalent.

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Additional evaluation of the info signifies {that a} whole of 27 African nations together with Nigeria deal with this killer weed. Two nations in America, six in Asia, and one in Oceania even have a widespread prevalence of Striga gesnerioides.

Whereas Striga weeds have the capability to supply a number of thousand seeds in a planting season; the research of its behaviour by scientists has proven that it can not survive for greater than seven days after germination with out attaching to the roots of a number.

Regardless of this information of the numerous behaviour of the weed, farmers within the North East nonetheless discover it tough to chop again on pre-harvest losses.

The 2020 farming season for Odeh Ogaji, a farmer in Taraba State, was not one of the best of instances. The COVID-19 pandemic that took the world unexpectedly dashed his anticipated consequence on the finish of the farming season.

Additionally, the imposed lockdown and numerous restrictions of motion uncovered his funding in his rice farm to encroachment by nomadic herdsmen who grazed their cattle freely on the farm.

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He was additionally a beans farmer, however recurrent losses put a cease to his funding in beans farms.

“I might hardly get a bag after the whole lot”, he lamented. I used herbicides on the land in a bid to stop the Striga from killing the bean seedlings nevertheless it didn’t work. That was why I made a decision to not enterprise into beans farming in 2020.”

The story in Adamawa State shouldn’t be totally different. Sunday Mbidomti, a resident of Girei Native Authorities Space of the state, on the first shot in beans cultivation final yr had a bitter expertise with Striga.

“I had excessive hopes once I secured a large expanse of land to farm beans final yr, however barely a month after cultivation, I began counting my losses. The destruction was a lot that just about the complete seedlings had been destroyed by the weed (wuta wuta).”

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A extra detailed expertise with Striga was nonetheless obtained from one other Adamawa-based farmer, Francis Raymond.

“In 2017, I planted maize and cowpea on my farm. Regardless of making use of fertilizer, about 50 p.c of my maize was destroyed.

“My beans too didn’t do effectively in any respect however the yield was higher than the maize. I made a decision to not domesticate the land in 2018.

“In 2019, I planted solely beans as a result of I didn’t wish to waste my cash to purchase fertilizers for the maize. Normally, beans don’t want fertilizer. Nonetheless, my beans didn’t do effectively.

“The yr 2020 was so unhealthy. It was a critical combat between me and the Wuta Wuta. As I attempted to take away them, increasingly more saved on rising. Like 80 p.c of my beans had been destroyed. I used to be solely in a position to get a little bit harvest from the land.

“This may be consumed by my household. No additional to promote and earn some cash. It was so unhappy. By the grace of God, in 2021, I must search for one other farmland to domesticate,” he mentioned.

Hopelessness

Whereas there may be at the moment no identified single resolution to the menace of controlling the expansion of Striga weeds, plant scientists have nonetheless advised a mixture of varied approaches to farmers.

Whereas this suggestion to farmers is kind of tasking and costly, it seems to be the one stop-gap to make sure beans are available for buy available in the market.

Nonetheless, with the development in analysis on the behaviour of the Striga weeds, hope appears to be brewing someplace in Adamawa, North-East Nigeria.

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A scientist at Modibbo Adama College, Yola, Mr. Adebare Adeleke, is growing an answer to the menace of pre-harvest losses which beans farmers throughout the nation have contended with for years.

In response to him, “years of research about Striga weeds recommend that the seeds are available in infested soils even earlier than planting.

“Top-of-the-line options which have been proposed to get rid of this parasitic weed infestation is to eradicate or drastically cut back its viable seeds current within the soil by stimulating their development earlier than planting the meals crops on the soil.

“This Striga weed administration strategy is what I’m at the moment growing. It’s a consortium of microorganisms that may produce sure hormones which have the power to stimulate the germination of Striga seeds within the soil.

“I’m growing a microbial product in a powdery kind which might be used to pre-treat the sphere for the Striga weed to develop and die.

“After the germination and subsequent loss of life of the Striga seedlings as a result of absence of host vegetation to connect, the sphere can then be ready for the cultivation of the meals crop. “

Adeleke believes the microbiological product being developed with native supplies would contribute to meals safety and cut back pre-harvest losses suffered by bean farmers in Nigeria.

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