Ruga controversy, others worsen Nigeria’s agriculture woes

Following the criticisms trailing the planned Federal Government’s controversial Ruga settlements scheme in every part of Nigeria, the perennial havocs floods have inflicted on farmlands across the country and other challenges, the agric sector was less impactful in the first half of this year. Taiwo Hassan writes.     Ruga settlements scheme Indeed, the controversy that emanated from the planned Federal Government’s controversial Ruga settlements nationwide has set the nation on fire! Specifically, when the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammadu Umar dropped…

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Ogun dep gov: My emergence was about preparedness, opportunity

Noimot Salako-Oyedele is the Deputy Governor of Ogun State. Born 53 years ago in Ibadan, Oyo State to the late Professor Lateef Akinola Salako from Ota, Ogun State. She is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos, and holds a Masters degree in Public Health Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. She was, until her foray into politics, the Managing Director of Glenwood Property Development Company Limited. In an interview with the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC 2), she spoke about her involvement…

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Mukkadas: 90 per cent VVF patients are divorcees

Dr. Halima Mukkadas, a consultant obstetrics gynaecologist, former Commissioner for Health in Bauchi State and currently, a Director of Women, Children and Youth Health Education Initiative (WCYHEI), in this exclusive interview with ALI GARBA, talks about the dangers of early marriage, why VVF is common in the North and other issues   Why is VVF prevalent in the North? Ninety per cent of VVF patients are divorcees, some are being divorce on their admission bed, while community, husbands rejected and abandon by relations. As you know Vesco Vagina Fistula (VVF)…

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Saving Suntai’s widow, others from inhuman rites

If it is a devastating and traumatic experience for a woman to lose her husband, it is even more unimaginably terrible for her to go through the rites in the name of culture and norms that usually accompany the death of a husband. Ironically, these rites as observed from widow’s tales are never binding on widowers, writes OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI     In some parts of Nigeria, widows are still being humiliated, dehumanised and abused by degrading customs, that are begging for urgent attention from all and government at all levels.…

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Suitors walked away from me because of my job – Uber driver

Dorothy Akpan is an interviewer’s delight. She is not only knowledgeable, she is also pleasant, witty, bold and daring. Akpan is a trained engineer and also versed in security profession where she was the national head of a firm. But unable to meet the target of N25 million monthly, she veered into the transport sector. With her rich experience in the security world, she is conquering with ease, the challenges the transport sector throws at her way. For her, passion is the energy behind the success story so far in…

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Rescuing children from decadence

Children are salt of the world and a heritage of the Lord, according to the Holy book. But current challenges in the society have put them under threat, OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI writes   Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist, say that childhood means simplicity. “Look at the world with the child’s eye-it is very beautiful.” And indeed, the world is beautiful through the eyes of the child (ren). They are transparent, innocent, straightforward and have no biases. For Satyarthi, relating children to simplicity has helped his friendship with them and…

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I’m concerned about women, their economic position – Diffa

Akeghayifa Diffa, is a proud farmer in Bayelsa State. Although, she studied Agricultural Economics and Extension in University of Calabar, she decided to Rub shoulders with men in Agriculture and on the farm as she spoke passionately on the gains of being a farmer with Pauline Onyibe   You were into agriculture some time ago. How has it been? Agriculture is a very interesting hobby for me and apart from that, others should see agriculture as a hobby because we cannot do without food. Agriculture is key to every family.…

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Religious, traditional leaders worked against my guber ambition – Mahmood

Hajiya Baheejah Mahmood, popularly called Mother of the Orphans (Uwar Marayu), was the only female governorship candidate in Bauchi State during the last election under the platform of Action Congress Democrat (ACD). In this interview, she told Ali Garba that religion and traditional leaders were against her at the last election; while on the other part, money and male marginalisation played a role that led to her withdrawal from the race a week before the election     You were confident that you will win at the Governorship election but…

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Fayemi: Waging war against domestic violence

Her pleasant disposition towards anyone that comes in contact with her could be described as permanent with accessible and amiable nature. But to perpetrators of domestic violence and child abuse, the above description about her could be an irony, Adewumi Ademiju reports     Erelu Bisi Fayemi, wife of the Ekiti state governor, Dr John Kayode Fayemi is a renowned feminist activist, writer and thinker. That is why any violator of gender equality, one may easily incur her wrath. In the journey of her advocacy so far, Erelu Fayemi (as…

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More women in political positions will stop insecurity – Tamraruwa-Dass

Maryam Tamraruwa-Dass (meaning the Star of Dass Emirate) was the candidate of the Green party of Nigeria (GPN) during the last State House of Assembly election in Bauchi State. In this interview with ALI GARBA, she talks of her challenges as a female contestant, religious role in it and her preparation to raise young female politicians before 2023. Excerpt   What really happened to your ambition at the state assembly level? I was the only female contestant among two men in our party during the Primaries. It was very challenging…

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