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Jonathan Commissions 105,000MT Integrated Rice Mill In Nasarawa

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President Goodluck Jonathan today commissioned Olam Nigeria Limited’s 105,000 metric tonnes integrated rice mill at Rukubi village, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Jonathan, who expressed happiness at being part of the revolution in the Nigerian rice industry said being the largest economy in Africa (in terms of GDP) is not enough for Nigeria, but the country must work towards becoming the largest food producer on the continent.

“Nigeria must be self-sufficient in food production,” Jonathan added.

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The president noted that rice production was scaling up in the country as evident in the increase in the number of integrated rice mills from one to 18 in the past three years.

He urged Nigerians to start appreciating locally made rice, which he noted was more nutritious and healthier than imported rice. “It is only the Nigerian rice that is served in the State House,” Jonathan added.

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“I look forward to the day when Nigeria rice will go beyond our shores and traded internationally,” the president said, adding that with the growth achieved thus far, it is a possible feat for the country to achieve.

Jonathan promised to always support public-private partnership aimed at developing the country’s agricultural sector as part of effort to help the country achieve its developmental goals.

Olam’s Managing Director for Africa and Middle East, Venkataramani Srivathsan said the mill characterises three important aspects; “It demonstrates how large-scale commercial farms can work hand in hand with smallholders to help advance Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda, generating rural prosperity through local processing.”

He added that the mill also speaks volume of Nigeria’s ability to grow high quality, nutritious rice that can enhance domestic food security by providing an alternative to imports.

Agricultural Minister, Dr Akinwumi Adesina said the country’s rice policy will turn it away from being a rice importing country to a major rice exporter.

“The investment by Olam in a commercial rice farm and integrated rice mill will help boost domestic production and milling of international quality grade rice in Nigeria,” said Adesina.

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

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.

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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.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

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.

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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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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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