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    Fact checking Audu’s claim and proffering solutions to rice importation

Fact checking Audu’s claim and proffering solutions to rice importation

BY JOSEPH OLAOLUWARice is more than just a staple in Nigeria. It is prestige, a symbol of higher living and a proof of grand standing amongst Nigeria’s elite. This phenomenon is better explained why prices of rice bags spike when festivities are slowly showing up. The most coveted jollof rice is the most sought after type of food at weddings, [...]

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    FG employs 130,000 graduates as extension workers

FG employs 130,000 graduates as extension workers

Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture and rural development, says 130,000 graduate youth have been employed to offer extension services to farmers across the country.The minister disclosed this at the 24th agricultural extension society of Nigeria (AESON) annual national conference in Abuja on Monday.Ogbeh, represented by Karima Babangida, the director of extension service department in the ministry, said the youth [...]

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    ‘Your Nigerian accent is awful’ — reactions trail Trevor Noah’s joke on Ogbeh’s pizza comment

‘Your Nigerian accent is awful’ — reactions trail Trevor Noah’s joke on Ogbeh’s pizza comment

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    Ogbeh: FG to set up cashew processing plants in 4 states

Ogbeh: FG to set up cashew processing plants in 4 states

The federal government says it was planning to set up cashew processing plants in four states of the country to add value to the produce and create employment, wealth in the country.Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture and rural development, said this in an interview with the NAN in Abuja.The minister said the move would also reduce the waste of [...]

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    Nigerians import pizza from London, says Audu Ogbeh

Nigerians import pizza from London, says Audu Ogbeh

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, has lamented the "very annoying" rate at which Nigerians import goods from abroad.Speaking when he appeared before the senate committee on agriculture in Abuja, the minister said some Nigerians import pizza from London.He came before the committee to defend the ministry's budget for 2019.According to the minister, those making the orders usually do so in [...]

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    Whistle-blower alleges disappearance of recovered $2bn loot, demands probe

Whistle-blower alleges disappearance of recovered $2bn loot, demands probe

Adamu Yusuf, a retired general, has alleged that "looted funds" denominated in US dollars and gold bars estimated to be worth N2 billion recovered through an informant suddenly disappeared without a trace in neither the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nor ministry of finance.In an interview, Yusuf, who played active roles in the recovery of the funds believed to be [...]

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    FG to ban tomato paste importation before end of 2019, says Audu Ogbeh

FG to ban tomato paste importation before end of 2019, says Audu Ogbeh

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and natural resources, says the federal government will place a final ban on the importation of tomato paste before the end of 2019.Speaking in Kano during a tour of the Dangote Tomato Processing Plant in Kadawa, Kano state, Ogbeh said the ban will encourage massive tomato production.According to Ogbeh, the federal government has set aside [...]

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    PARADISE LOST: Inside Nigeria’s forgotten, broken farm settlements

PARADISE LOST: Inside Nigeria’s forgotten, broken farm settlements

Shattered and forgotten, thousands hectares of land in government-owned farm settlements are going into extinction while Nigeria spends about N7.9 trillion annually on food importation. The settlements are becoming deserted, while the aged occupants live in squalour. In this report, TAIWO ADEBULU examines the economic impact of the settlements, the opportunities for small-scale farmers and youth employment.With a plaintive expression [...]

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    Flooding: Ogbeh says there might be rice shortage in 2019

Flooding: Ogbeh says there might be rice shortage in 2019

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, the country may experience rice shortage if appropriate measures are not taken to replant after the recent flood.NAN reports that Ogbeh made this statement in Abuja on Thursday at the inauguration of National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) Molecular Facility and the 2018 seed fair and Farmer’s field day.He said that the flood [...]

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    Challenges of the premium bread brand in Nigeria

Challenges of the premium bread brand in Nigeria

BY JEREMIAH AGADAAs many sectors and industries within the Nigerian economy are slowly picking up pace after a turbulent era of recession, the bread sector, specifically the premium bread subsector has remained comatose. This baffling reality has continued to baffled economists and stakeholders who feel the reverse should have been the case considering that the bread industry is very active [...]

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    FG licences 158 agricultural seed companies to boost agriculture

FG licences 158 agricultural seed companies to boost agriculture

The federal government has licenced 158 new seed companies to commence production of quality seeds.Philip Ojo, the director general of the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.NAN reports that the new approvals were given in addition to the 156 already existing licences.According to Ojo, Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture [...]

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    Shehu Sani to FG: Don’t shut land borders because of rice smuggling

Shehu Sani to FG: Don’t shut land borders because of rice smuggling

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, has warned against the federal government’s plan to shut down a land border between Nigeria and a neighbouring country.The senator said the measure will “suffocate” legitimate businesses in the country.On Monday, Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, announced that the government would soon shut down a land border to prevent smuggling of rice.Although Ogbeh did [...]

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    Don’t be Miyetti Allah’s mouthpiece, Ortom warns defence minister

Don’t be Miyetti Allah’s mouthpiece, Ortom warns defence minister

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has asked Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, to apologise to Nigerians for demanding the suspension of anti-grazing law.On June 5, Dan Ali called for the suspension of the law which is operational in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti states.Speaking at an event on Tuesday to showcase the national livestock transformation plan by the office of [...]

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    Report: Thailand ambassador says Audu Ogbeh’s claim is false

Report: Thailand ambassador says Audu Ogbeh’s claim is false

Wattana Kunwongse, ambassador of Thailand to Nigeria, has denied the claim of Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, that rice mills are collapsing in the Asian country.On Friday, Ogbeh had claimed that Thailand said President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy on local rice sufficiency was responsible for the collapse of seven of its mills."Just like two weeks ago, the ambassador of Thailand came [...]

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    FACT CHECK: Did Ogbeh lie about the collapse of Thailand’s rice mills?

FACT CHECK: Did Ogbeh lie about the collapse of Thailand’s rice mills?

On Friday, Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture, claimed that Thailand has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s government of being responsible for the collapse of seven of its rice mills.The minister quoted the Thailand’s ambassador to Nigeria as saying that the federal government has "dealt" with his country.Ogbeh said this was because Nigeria's importation of rice has fallen by 95 percent.Consequently, he [...]

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    NBS ‘has no data’ to back Ngige’s claim of seven million new jobs

NBS ‘has no data’ to back Ngige’s claim of seven million new jobs

Yemi Kale, statistician general of the federation, says the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has no data on the job creation claims made by Chris Ngige, minister of labour and productivity.The data chief made this statement in an interview with Abang Mercy.Ngige had earlier said the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has created seven million jobs through its programmes.But Kale said during the interview: [...]

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