An expert has revealed that Nigeria can hardly reduce poverty through agriculture in the face of drastic climate change, resulting in decrease in rainfall, flooding and extreme temperatures, leaving rural dwellers, who are mostly farmers, vulnerable.
The expert, Dr Andrew Onwuemele, of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), made this known on Tuesday, at the conference hall of the University of Ibadan, while delivering a NISER monthly lecture entitled ‘Rural poverty reduction under a changing climate: Is agriculture still the key in Nigeria?.
According to him, agriculture in Nigeria was highly dependent on climatic parameters such as rainfall, and due to poor infrastructure and lack of technology, the industry therefore becomes vulnerable. His words: “Between 1941 and 2000, annual rainfall decreased by 2-8mm across most parts of the country, but decreased by 2-4mm in a few places like Port Harcourt. There was evidence of longterm temperature increase in most parts of the country. The main exception was in the Jos area, where a slight cooling was recorded.
“While agricultural sector is fraught with numerous constraints, the emerging changes in climatic conditions complicated the constraints, therefore, raising doubt about the ability of the agricultural sector to reduce poverty in Nigeria,” Onwuemele noted.
Admitting that agriculture has a major role in rural poverty reduction due to large number of the rural poor engaged in it, he suggested that the government should “reduce climate agricultural shocks, share and utilise climate change information among stakeholders, adapt climate sensitive agricultural systems and address other constraints to agricultural productivity in Nigeria.”
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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