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Nigeria To Get High Revenue From Cassava Production

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Chairman of the board of National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Abia State, Chief Wole Aina has said Nigeria’s revenue from cassava production would increase exponentially, following how output has been doubled in the last one year to ensure the nation continues to retain its position as the largest producer of the crop in the world.

Records show that the nation’s cassava output rose from 35 million tonnes in 2012 to 95 million tonnes in 2013 while 3 million hectares of cassava farms have already been cultivated in 2013.

Making this observation yesterday while briefing Journalists at the end of the 74th meeting of the board, Aina said that the institute was poised to play its role in helping the nation to maximise its agricultural potentials.

“Cassava is going to become the gold mine in Nigeria very soon,” he said, adding, “it is going to become the crop of choice for every reasonable farmer (and) I can assure every farmer today that once you plant cassava the market is there.”

According to him, it is projected that the nation would save N625 billion in foreign exchange from the implementation of the federal government’s policy of 20 per cent cassava substitution in bread and other confectioneries by the year 2014. This non-oil revenue earnings, he said could be channelled to improve the infrastructures in the universities as well as rural development.

Aina also said that the new board of NRCRI had resolved to drive the nation’s agricultural transformation policy by not only intensifying the research activities of the institute but also practicalising the business aspect of the transformation agenda.

He said that the board has resolved that NRCRI would establish a holding company as a business unit that would be generating revenue for the institute by setting up a cassava flour mill, bakery for making cassava bread as well as commercialising its poultry, fishery, apiculture, among other ventures.

“The board has vowed to make a mark by improving on the successes already recorded by the NRCRI,” he said, noting that so far the institute had, through research, come up with improved varieties of its mandate crops namely, cassava, yam, cocoyam, potato, and ginger.

He said that apart from cassava, “we intend to make Nigeria great player in potato (sweet and Irish), cocoyam and ginger.”

He said presently, there were 43 cassava varieties developed by the NRCRI in collaboration with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan.

This, he said included the Pro Vitamin A, which is resistant to pests and diseases and has high yielding capacity of between 35 and 40 tons per hectare, compared to the traditional varieties that produce between 10 and 20 tons per hectare.

The board chairman said that the host communities should take advantage of the NRCRI to improve their farming activities in order to create wealth and eradicate poverty.

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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