Press Statement Issued By The Director General of National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Mr. Rufus Ebegba on Biosafety Issues

         NBMA DG, Rufus Ebegba The journey leading to the establishment of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) started a long time ago. The quest for Nigeria’s biotechnology advancement dates back to 2001 when Nigeria adopted a National Biotechnology Policy and subsequent establishment of the National Biotechnology Development Agency in the same year. It should…

IPP: TNC Promises Electricity Supply in Three Months

    The 11/33KV IPP Transformer By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has promised that the 38 megawatts Sokoto Independent Power Project (IPP) would be ready to supply electricity for the people of the state in three months time. Briefing newsmen during an inspection of the project, which has reached 95 percent completion…

African Policy, Decision Makers To Be Trained on Biosafety

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), an Agency of the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and Nigeria’s Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu have organised a short training course for African policy and decision-makers on Biosafety, in collaboration with the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) and the Michigan State University, East Lansing,…

Group Faults EIA Report on Ikom-Katsina Ala Superhighway

          A Typical Superhighway By Abdallah el-Kurebe A Cross River-based Environmental non-governmental organisation, the Rainforestest Resources and Development Centre (RRDC) has questioned the credibility of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) draft report prepared by PMG Nigeria Limited on the proposed Ikom-Katsina Ala Superhighway for Cross River state government. A strement signed by the Executive Director…

NACCIMA Applauds NAAJ’s Peaceful Elections

 By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has commended the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ) for the peaceful election of new Executive Council (EXCO) members of the association. Speaking at venue of the election, which took place on Thursday in Lagos, the Director of Corporate Affairs…

Tambuwal Warns New LG Council Chairmen Against Corruption

LG Council Chairmen Being Sworn in By Abdallah el-Kurebe Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has warned the 22 new local government council chairmen and a Sole Administrator, who were sworn in on Wednesday in Sokoto, against corrupt tendencies. The governor instructed that the new chairmen should pay priority attention to education, agriculture, healthcare delivery,…

Project Develops First Ever Rice Hybrids for Farmers in Africa

              Rice farm By Abdallah el-Kurebe Rice farmers in Africa are set to dramatically increase their productivity with the new hybrid varieties that are capable of yielding up to 7 tonnes per hectare, courtesy of a public private partnership, Breeding by Design Project. According to a release issued by the head of Communications and Partnerships…

Climate: The Change Is Here

         Effect of Climate Change By Dele Oni The first quarter of the year in Nigeria has always been noted as usually the hottest period with regards to weather variability and default seasonal pattern. This period is characterized with high solar intensity and consequently high temperature build-up, which in a lot of ways, causes a…

Press Release: Agribusiness: Technological Innovation Will Act as Catalyst in Boosting Productivity and Growth in Africa – PwC Report

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 31, 2016/ — Agriculture is currently standing on the edge of a second green revolution. This revolution will entail fundamental shifts in how the agricultural sector utilises and implements innovative technology to improve output in a sustainable manner and address the need for greater food security globally. These are some of…

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of Activists Chart Bidco Abuses on New Platform

BidcoTruth Coalition unites groups to demand accountability for Bidco A Ugandan group of more than 100 farmers lost their land to Bidco KAMPALA, Uganda, May 31, 2016/ — The Bidco Truth Coalition, an online activist organisation, has launchedwww.No2Bidco.org, a platform dedicated to charting the human rights and environmental violations of Bidco Africa, the Kenya-based edible oil producer…

Fraud Puts Inauguration of Elected LG Chairmen on Hold in Sokoto

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has revealed that fraud discovered in the local governments’ salary vouchers had put on hold the inauguration of the elected officials about two months after they were elected. The governor who made the revelation on Monday during a Media Chat held at the Government House on…