RE: DANGERS OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS TO NIGERIA – A Response

It is with serious concern that our attention was drawn on a publication credited to some anti-GM groups published in the Guardian Newspaper entitled“Dangers of Genetically Modified Crops to Nigeria”-Part 1. The said publication appeared on the 22nd March, 2016. The sheer ignorance expressed by the authors necessitated our response on the issue. First of all the…

INTERVIEW: In PPPs, African Govts Should Support Their Own Farmers – Dr. Kormawa

             Dr.  Kormawa By Abdallah el-Kurebe Dr. Patrick Kormawa is the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO’s) Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and Representative to the African Union (AU) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). He spoke with elkurebedotcom.wordpress.com at the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Africa in Abidjan, Core de I’Voire on the role of PPP in…

Incoherent Policies Are Biggest Challenges for African Regional Agriculture, Says Ibrahima Coulibaly

Ibrahima Coulibaly By Abdallah el-Kurebe Abidjan, Cote de I’Voire: April 5, 2016 – The vice president of the West African Network of Farmers Organisations (ROPPA), Ibrahima Coulibaly has lamented against African governments’ alleged incoherent policies In an exclusive interview with Newsdiaryonlineduring the ongoing FAO Regional Conference for Africa in Abidjan, Cote de I’Voire, Coulibaly said that although everything is…

Uganda Understudies Sokoto’s Health Systems

R-L: Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, presenting a gift to the Director General, Health Services in Uganda’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Aceng Jane Ruth By Abdallah el-Kurebe A medical team from Uganda is visiting Sokoto to study the Nigerian state’s success in the application, management and control of misoprostol, the drug used in stopping bleeding…

FAO, Ministers, Experts Brainstorm on African Agri-food Systems

FAO’s Asst Director General and Regional Bukar Tijani By Abdallah el-Kurebe Abidjan, Cote de I’Voire – April 4, 2016: As Fifty-four African ministers of Agriculture and various stakeholders are gathered in Abidjan, capital of Cote de I’Voire, for the 29th Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO’s) Regional Conference for Africa to take stock of the progress made so…

Sokoto, Niger Rep To Set Up Joint Schools for English, French Languages

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has announced that the state government would, in collaboration with the government of Niger Republic, establish a cluster of new schools that would be ran to teach English and French languages. Speaking after he attended the inauguration of President Mahamadou Issouffou in Niamey, the Niger capital,…

ABNE-NEPAD Gets New Regional Head

Dr. Ouedraogo & Prof. Makinde By Abdallah el-Kurebe A new Head of Office for the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), an agency under the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Dr. Jeremy Tinga Ouedraogo has been appointed. Ouedraogo takes over from Prof. Diran Makinde, the immediate past Director of ABNE since 2009, who will…

Of Dasuki, Jonathan and Quantum Quietude

       Sambo Dasuki By Abdallah el-Kurebe ‎When the name, Dasuki is now mentioned, little or no quick connect is any longer made to Elder Ibrahim Dasuki, former Sultan of Sokoto and father of the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki. The NSA rather quickly comes to mind. Ever since the former NSA’s arrest…

NTMA Throws Its Weight Behind Release of BT Cotton for Nigerian Farmers

                Cotton By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) has expressed its support for ‎the environmental release and commercialization of genetically modified Bt Cotton, which is known to be resistant against pests for Nigerian farmers. A position paper signed by the Acting Director General of the Association, Hamma Kwajaffa noted that while the…

Groups oppose Monsanto’s GM maize, cotton proposal

      Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation About 100 groups representing some five million Nigerians, comprising farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, have lodged an opposition to Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems. In written objections submitted to…

YAShuaib Resigns from FOSSRA… Says Jon Ode Panel Misleading President Buhari

           Yushau Shuaib By PRNigeria The Chief Media Consultant to the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA), Mr. Yushau Shuaib has resigned his appointment after three years serving as an intermediary between all the major security and response agencies and the media in Nigeria. Yushau Shuaib who was engaged by former National…

Rice Ban: Bureau de Change Operators Kick Against Action

               Rice Farm By Abdallah el-Kurebe Chairman of the Bureau De Change Operators Association in Sokoto state, Aliyu Yar Abba has criticised government’s ban on rice importation to Nigeria through land borders, appealing at the same time that the federal government lifts the ban in the meantime. Reacting to the development in Sokoto on Monday,…