Flood: Sokoto To Rely On Dry Season Farming To Avoid Food Shortage

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said the state government will engage in massive dry season farming in order to tackle food shortage and mitigate the effect of this year’s flood which destroyed farmlands in different parts of the state.
As part of measure to actualise the plan, the state government said it will distribute assorted fertilizers and other farm implements fro dry season farming so as to encourage them to engage in irrigation farming.

A statement issued by his spokesman, Imam Imam in Sokoto on Saturday said that Tambuwal disclosed this when he received the members of some farmers’ groups who visited him.

According to the governor, “the state government will in this direction purchase assorted fertlizers and sell same to the farmers at? highly subsidized prices.

“We will also buy other agricultural inputs and implements that will be distributed to our farmers.? The state government will also sustain its gesture of buying
improved seeds and seedlings, pesticides and herbicides, among others,” he promised.

Tambuwal further explained that his administration will sink adequate tube-wells for the farmers, construct more earth dam and water silos to conserve water for the farmers.

“This proactive action is aimed at supplementing for these huge? losses to avert food shortages this year and beyond,” he added. 

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Fuel Shortage May Worsen As NNPC Shuts Pipeline

Suspected vandals have severed a petroleum pipeline forcing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to shut down the facility.

It was learnt that the incident occurred at the Ije Ododo pipeline at about 11.15pm monday night.

Ije Ododo line is directly from Atlas Cove which supplies products to Mosimi.

Atlas Cove is a critical supply facility to Mosimi which supports strategic supply chain that distributes products to other parts of south west zone.

Officials have described Ije Ododo and Arepo as volatile and fraught to criminal attack and extremely dangerous to suspected vandals in recent times.

Ibrahim Farinloye, south west spokesperson of the National. Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said NNPC had shut down flows and locked the valves to stop further supply to feeding the fire.

Farinloye said fire service and other emergency services have arrive the scene to put up the fire which is raging at the time of this report.

He said the emergency service officials and fire fighter were able to secure access to the scene.

He also said the terrain is difficult to access due to swampy nature of the area.

However, efforts to get NNPC comment on the incident was difficult as the agency’s spokesperson,Ohi Alegbe could not respond to calls or mail to him.

-NewsIntel

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Two FM Radio Stations Announces Shut Down Of Operations Over Power Supply Problem, Shortage Of Diesel

Two sister radio stations, The Beat FM and Classic FM announced on Saturday that they would be going off air for the day by 8.30pm due to the shortage of diesel to power their generators.

In messages shared on their social media accounts, the stations said they have to ration what they have.

The statement shared on the handles of the two stations reads as follows:

“We will be shutting down at 8.30pm today due to diesel shortage. We have to ration. We will be back on tomorrow. We will keep you updated.”

Nigeria’s power generation and distribution has continued to take a nose dive, despite the billions of dollars expended.

Only yesterday, the Ministry of Power said that the power generation has fallen to an all time low of 1,327 megawatts.

It had dropped from a recent peak of 4,500MW on April 3, to 2,800 as of March 30.

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