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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo commissions Africa’s Largest Parboiled Rice Mill in Kebbi



The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday commissioned the largest Rice Mill in Argungu, Kebbi State, the largest of its kind in Africa.

He also spoke about the government’s desire to invest in  agriculture which will help the economy to grow and also create jobs.

Prof. Osinbajo said the establishment of the mill by the private sector has highlighted the policy of the government to use the private sector as the engine-room of development.

“It underscored the policy of the Federal Government that it is the private sector that must be the engine of development. But the private sector being the engine of development is not just the private sector leading growth. The growth must be growth with jobs. It cannot not be jobless growth.

“We have seen a lot of jobless growth, especially around the oil economy with a lot of revenue coming but a very few jobs.


“One of the critical things that we are seeing today, especially the development of agriculture, is that this is growth with jobs. Several thousands of our people are farmers and are engaged in farming,” he said.

The Acting President commended the management of Wacot for investing
about N10 billion in the rice mill, which will engage about 50,000 farmers in the next few years.

He said investment in agriculture and its value chain as well as mining are the surest path to revamping the nation’s economy.


Prof. Osinbajo restated the commitment of the Federal Government to encourage farmers to produce what is consumed in the country, and said the Anchor Borrowers Programme initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari has been justified with the establishment of Wacot and other rice mills across the country.

He said through the enactment of creative policies to jump-start the economy, Nigeria is set for economic growth, and lauded the private sector for its abiding confidence in the Nigerian economy.

“This investment underscored the confidence the private sector has in the economy, which is being resuscitated. You can be sure that the private sector does not invest if it did not see the opportunity. This is not a government investment,” he said.

Wacot Rice Mill is capable of producing 120,000 metric tonnes of paddy per annum, with the creation of about 3,500 direct and indirect jobs.

Dignitaries at the inauguration include the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe; Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu; and governors of many APC-controlled states.

Source:( PM News )

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia



Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is set to commence the trial of the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial of the IPOB leader has been scheduled for November 26th and will see five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu.

Also Read: Wike Ordered Police, Army To Kill IPOB Members, Nnamdi Kanu Alleges

This was disclosed in a hearing notice served on the prosecution team in the office of the attorney general and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

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Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days



JUST IN: Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

Abdulrasheed Maina’s son

House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima has been asked to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail on or before December 4.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.

Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.

Also Read: BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.

Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.

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Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case



Lawyer Dumps Abdulrasheed Maina, Applies To Quit Case

UpAbdulrasheed Maina

Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.

Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.

Also Read: Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial

Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.

He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.


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