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MAIDUGURI — Northeast Zonal Coordinator, Development Finance Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr. Mahmood Nyako has commenced mapping of over 500,000 hecters of farmland for the cultivation of rice in the northeast cropping season. Nyako disclosed this during a meeting with the leadership of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN, Borno state chapter in Maiduguri. He expressed confidence that with the special programme embarked by the Central Bank for the dry and...

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MAIDUGURI — The  Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Alhaji Mohammed Akali says according to United Nations reports that over 2.6 million people are at risk of facing food crisis in Borno. Akali made this known during a roundtable meeting with stakeholders on the humanitarian situation in the region. “The NEDC was mobilising resources to stockpile food to intervene in an event of an emergency and stressed the need for a coordinated approach by all...

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ABUJA — In the face of a persistent surge in the prices of staples across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has boasted of increasing the local production of food under the Anchors Borrower Programme (ABP). ABP according to him has facilitated the local production of staples like rice, maize, cotton, and cassava. Buhari indicated this on Saturday during a broadcast to commemorate the year’s democracy day. “This initiative supported local production of rice, maize, cotton...

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MAIDUGURI — Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday ordered the release of N12.2m as an addition to a need-based intervention. The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has assisted families of 61 district heads killed by Boko Haram since 2009 across Borno State with each family getting one million Naira worth of materials. The VSF, a public and private funded humanitarian body set up by the Presidency during the Jonathan administration, had after meetings with all...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger   The Western media is focused on the struggle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, with searing images of the humanitarian disaster that is unfolding. Yet the magnitude is tiny compared to the humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria. Total confirmed deaths number 239 in the current round of fighting between Hamas and the Israelis. In comparison, there have been at least 755 deaths since January 1, 2021 in northeastern Borno State, the...

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The Chairman, Technical Committee on the Control of Avian Influenza in Bauchi state Samaila Burga, says the government has killed about 27,000 birds to curtail the spread of Bird flu in the State. Burga told newsmen on Friday in Bauchi that nine poultry farms were affected by the outbreak in Bauchi and Toro local government areas of the state, explaining that 27,000 birds were killed in one of the poultry farms to avert its spread...

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YOLA —  A group, Buhari for All, has distributed 7, 200 bags of rice to underprivileged persons in Adamawa. The rice was distributed to some of the beneficiaries in Yola on Thursday by Alhaji Aminu Jaji, National Chairman of the group. Jaji said that the rice would be shared with indigent persons in all the 21 local government areas of Adamawa. “Today, the national body of  Buhari for All is presenting about 7,200 of 25 ...

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An Islamic Faith-Based Organization, Initiative for Muslim Women in Nigeria (IMWON) Adamawa state chapter, on Sunday distributed food items and clothes to 130 orphans and vulnerable in Yola North and Yola South local government areas of Adamawa state as part of annual activities of the organization. The orphans lost their parents either by death or conflicts. In her message to the occasion, the wife of the Adamawa state Governor Hajiya Lami Ahmadu Fintiri, represented by...

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ENUGU — Prices of some foodstuffs, particularly eggs, beans and crayfish have continued to rise in Enugu State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports. NAN correspondent, who conducted a market survey in Enugu on Saturday, reports that the prices of foodstuffs had increased significantly between January and March. A 4.5 litre bucket of beans now sells for between N1,000 and N1, 200 as against N800 and N1, 000 sold in January, depending on the...

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has said raising the bar for the fight against famine, poverty, and wellness of some of the world’s most food-insecure people would cost 1.1 billion dollars. According to the organization, it intends to influence strengthening the capacity and resilience of communities to prepare for and cope with crises as well as providing post-disaster livelihoods support to help people resume production. To do this, FAO requires $1.1 billion as...

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