NO DTS 0350: FG MAPS OUT 30 GRAZING RESERVES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF NLTP
NO DTS 0351: DSP OMO-AGEGE PROMISES SOCIAL AMENITIES, TASKS OVIRI-OGOR PEOPLE TO VOTE APC IN LG ELECTIONS
NO DTS 0352: STREET TRADING AT OBOGO MARKET : COMMUTERS, OTHERS CRY OUT, TASK UDU LGC ON MENACE
NO DTS 0353: UVWIE REMAINS LONDON OF UHROBO NATION – OKOBARO OF UGHIEVWIEN
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NO DTS 0350: ASABA, NIGERIA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2021
FG MAPS OUT 30 GRAZING RESERVES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF NLTP
The Federal Government of Nigeria has mapped out 30 grazing reserves for implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).
“This is being designed as a lasting solution to the raging crises between herdsmen and farmers across the country,” the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, said.
He disclosed this in an address to journalists on steps being taken by the government to resolve the lingering conflict over the competition of land, water, and pasture by herders and farmers.
Kwasari said that the NLTP was strategic to the Green Initiative project because it was a sure way to permanently settle the lingering crisis.
“The National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, is a sure way in solving permanently the issue of the farmer-herder conflict; the real farmers and herders that have conflict, and mark my words, real farmers and real herders that are in crisis today are triggered for resources of land, water and pasture.”
“The 19 northern states have grazing reserves. So far we have mapped out over 30 grazing reserves and on paper, we have over 400 grazing reserves. So the northern governors have to be committed to working with the federal government, federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, supervision with the NEC, to make sure that wherever those grazing reserves are found, that we able to convert them into lush green models, specifically for pastoralists and the pastoralists will not migrate anymore. The land is there; we don’t need to look for land anywhere.”
“The traditional rulers we consulted, like the Gbom-Gbom Jos, clearly advised, and said the low hanging fruit for federal and state governments is we make sure we settle pastoralists in gazette grazing reserves.”
“This takes away any notion of land grabbing or taking land from communities and giving to pastoralists because we are in a volatile situation, hate speech and all of that.”
He further said that Nigerians needed to understand and embrace the NLTP by following the modalities of the plan.
“If we are going to achieve this, first of all, Nigerians have to follow the signs that are clear to the NLTP, the methodology of NLTP as clearly pointed in the NLTP, and every state that adopts NLTP it is to its own reality; it is not conscription but if they do it this way it will modernise livestock production, modernize crop production, remove conflict, create dialogue, and create cohesion in communities”, he pointed out.
“One of the targets we are working on here in the National Livestock Transformation Plan, and we know that working at the National Economic Council; the governors working with technical experts crafted this policy.”
“I have been secretary to that committee and I have been to all the states to collect data and meet with the stakeholders, I understand that if we implement the NLTP, truly as it was designed over the next 10 years, we will handle the issue of genuine farmer-herder crisis completely because, one, NLTP is crafted to offer the opportunity on how livestock production is done and also how farm cropping is done.”
NO DTS 0351: ASABA, NIGERIA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2021
DSP OMO-AGEGE PROMISES SOCIAL AMENITIES, TASKS OVIRI-OGOR PEOPLE TO VOTE APC IN LG ELECTIONS
By Balogun Mabamije.
The Deputy Senate President in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has assured the people of Oviri-Ogor Community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta state of his avowed commitment to continue to provide them with social amenities that would improve their living standards.
DSP Omo-Agege stated this during the commissioning of the 20 units lock up stores and the foundation laying ceremony of another 20 units lock up stores at the Oviri-Ogor Market, built through community effort.
He told the Oviri-Ogor people that his contractual agreement with them for voting for him was to provide for their social needs and serve their interest without compromise.
“You voted for me, therefore, one of my responsibilities is to provide for your social needs. That is my contractual agreement which I hope to follow to the fullest,” he said.
He assured them of the completion of the abandoned Oviri-Ogor-Edjekota Road, provision of street lights and transformers in the locality.
DSP Omo-Agege tasked Oviri-Ogor people to vote for the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidates in the forthcoming Local Government elections in the state, saying that he was confident that APC would win the elections in the locality, come March 6, 2021.
While appealing to the people to come out in large numbers to vote for the APC candidates, DSP Omo-Agege urged them to protect their vote, saying that election could only be rigged, if they failed to come out to cast their votes and protect same.
“They will tell you that during local government elections, they will write results, that is a lie. They can only write results or rig the election when everybody goes to sleep. So come out that day and protect your vote,” he advised.
He however cautioned them not to be violent or result to anything that could lead to lose of lives and destruction of properties.
Speaking on the ongoing APC registration exercise, DSP Omo-Agege appealed to Oviri-Ogor people to register and obtained the APC membership cards, which he said, qualified them to benefit from the Federal Government Social Investment Programme.
Earlier, the President of the community, Chief Monday Otobrise, in an address presented during the occasion, said that the project which was estimated to have cost about 9.5 million naira was built by his exco, through ommunity efforts, saying that he was glad to be counted among those who make things happen in the locality.
Chief Otobrise commended DSP Omo-Agege for his Sterling qualities in defending the downtrodden in the society and for listening to the complaints of his people.
High point of the ceremony was the official opening of the 20 lock up stores and the foundation laying ceremony of another 20 lock up stores.
NO DTS 0352: ASABA, NIGERIA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2021
STREET TRADING AT OBOGO MARKET : COMMUTERS, OTHERS CRY OUT, TASK UDU LGC ON MENACE
By Balogun Mabamije.
Commuters, transporters and civil servants plying the Udu-Jeremi-Ughelli Road have called on officials of the Udu Local Government Council of Delta State to prevail on traders who are in the habit of shading goods along the road, and causing severe traffic logjam on the road to desist from doing so .
Some persons who spoke on the issue complained that most traders had left the stores allocated to them to shade their wares along the road, thereby, causing serious traffic logjam on the highway.
They added that the situation had been worsened by the attitude of some tricycle operators (also known as Keke riders) and motorbike riders who packed along the road to drop passengers.
They disclosed that sometimes, the traffic logjams could be so severe to the extent that those going to work at the Udu and Ughelli South Local Government councils, or to Ughelli and its environs for one business or the other, always arrived at their destinations late, while some others who could not bear the frustrating situation would simply turn back from continuing in the journey.
One Chief John Ewenede JP said , ” I live in Ovwian and I was going to Ughelli this morning for urgent business, but I have to turn back because the traffic hold up at the Obogo Market is unbearable.”
“I left the house as early as 6:30 am, but when I got there the entire road was completely blocked, and, after spending about one hour there, I couldn’t get through. The situation is unbearable. Today is Monday and it is better I go back to face other businesses, instead of waisting the whole day there,” he lamented.
Chief Ewenede said that apart from causing discomfort to those plying the road, it also portended danger to those trading along the road and appealed to officials of the Udu Local Government Council to act urgently to save the imminent danger of losing lives at the market.
A civil servant also said that he always reported at the office late because of the traffic situation at the Obogo Market.
He maintained that the traffic hold up was caused by the refusal of most traders to shade their wares inside the stores allocated to them in the market, preferring to shade their ware along the road for quick patronages from passersby and motorists.
A transporter, who plied between Express Junction and Jeremy junction, said that the traffic holdups, which always occurred in the morning, had negative impact on their business, adding that the situation always forced them to spend longer time on the road.
He appealed to the Udu Local Government Council to check activities of traders along the road by setting up a task force to clear up the traders from trading on the road.
NO DTS 0353: ASABA, NIGERIA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2021
UVWIE REMAINS LONDON OF UHROBO NATION – OKOBARO OF UGHIEVWIEN
By Ambrose Ologide
HRM ( Dr ) Matthew Ediri Egbi (JP), the Okobaro ( traditional ruler ) of Ughievwien Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, has asserted that Uvwie Kingdom was the London ( inoko ) of Urhobo Nation.
The traditional ruler made the assertion in his speech during the reception of the 13th coronation anniversary celebration of HRM Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso (JP) Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom in Effurun , Uvwie Local Government Area of the state.
While extolling the virtues of Abe 1, the Okobaro described him as an experienced administrator, saying that ” Abe 1 was humble but firm when handling issues.
He added that the easy going belief of Abe 1 should not be mistaken for being infirmed in decision taking, saying that Abe 1 would pounce back like a lion, when challenged.
The Ughievwien monarch commended the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom for maintaining the prevailing peace in the area.
“I could remember that before your ascension to the throne, as the Ovie, armoured cars used to patrol Uvwie for the safety of lives and properties of residents,” the Okobaro recalled.
He congratulated the people of the area for having Abe 1 as their king, saying that they were blessed, haven him.
Judging from the huge success of the event that commenced with a 6.30 am thanksgiving mass service, the royal guest of the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, maintained that the chiefs and people of Uvwie were well organised and commended them for their support for Abe 1.
In a brief response, the Ovie thanked the Okobaro for the visit, saying that Okobaro kind words about the people of Uvwie and himself as their king were so inspiring, just as he assured the Okobaro of a continued robust relationship between the Uvwie Kingdom and the Ughievwien Kingdom.
He earlier explained that his attendance to the event was an expression of his friendship with the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom.
On his part, an elated Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom in his response expressed his deep appreciation to the the Ughievwien monarch for celebrating with him and his remarks.