Cross River State is partnering the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Dantata group to create 20,000 agro-based jobs for youths, it has been learnt.
Governor Ben Ayade stated this yesterday when officials of Dantata Group and CB visited his office.
He said: “The meeting between CBN, Dantata group and Cross River is to cement a factor and create opportunity first for livestock, cattle and poultry. I have made an offer of job opportunities to 20,000 young people with immediate effect but you are actually going to be your own employer.
“We will provide the money. We have signed an agreement with CBN to provide us money to support 20,000 young farmers.”
The young farmers, Ayade explained, will be deployed in cotton production, livestock, maize and soya beans farming, rice farming, cocoa processing, groundnut cultivation, among others.
The governor added that the state, in partnership with Dantata group, will also set up an abattoir in Obudu cattle ranch to grow cattle, beef production and exportation within the West African sub-region.
According to Ayayde, his administration was taking the lead in agro-industrialisation because ‘this is the only way we can create jobs and reduce youth restiveness, and allow young people to realise their full potential’.
He argued that with massive arable land, it was an anomaly for the country to continue to import food. “The advent of COVID-19 and the EndSARS protests are like a clarion call that time has come for us to end food imports. So I identify fully with President Muhammadu Buhari’s philosophy and policy of ban on imported foods to force us to start creating jobs for young people,” he added.
Leader of the Dantata team Alhaji Tajuddeen Dantata, who is also chairman and CEO of Dantata Food and Allied Product Company Ltd, said his company was delighted to partner with Cross River in agro production.
He maintained that the time has come for Nigeria to take its destiny in its hand in terms of food production. “We have to really work on ourselves because we have to produce what we eat and eat what we produce. We can’t sit and continue to be fed with whatever comes,” he noted.
African Dancehall King, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr., professionally known as Shatta Wale has joined the peace campaign ahead of the General Elections on Monday.
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While some celebrities are busily campaigning for the political parties, others have also taken it upon themselves to preach peace ahead of the December Polls.
In a tweet, Shatta Wale said that bother the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, and the President of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo are very good friends and despite their political differences, they would never jeopardize the peace of the country.
He said that it is prudent for Ghanaians to continue to maintain the peace in the country before, during, and after the elections.
He wrote; Both @NAkufoAddo and @JDMahama are good friends, why should you allow yourself to be influenced to create confusion in the country due to elections? Think twice ghetto youth. The future is in your hands, use your THUMB, not the ARMS, be wise and vote in peace. #SM4Peace
15 alleged victims of the October 20 Lekki Toll Gate shooting have appeared before the Lagos state government judicial panel.
Protesters had gathered to call for an end of police brutality and abuse of their human rights by security agents.
After the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll gate on the 20th of October 2020, there as been mixed reportage as to what actually happened on that fateful day.
The said victims who appeared before the panel were 15 in number. 14 of them said they were shot at Lekki Toll Gate on the evening of October 20, while one was said to have been shot Ojodu Berger. They were led in by the EndSARS counsel, Adesina Ogunlana.
In their entourage was one Mr Nathaniel Solomon, who alleged his younger brother, Abouta Solomon was shot dead at the toll gate. He said Abouta has since been buried in his hometown in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Another woman, Aiyedungbe Olufunmi Grace, whose brother died at LASUTH after suffering gunshot wounds to the head, was also in attendance. She alleged that after her brother’s death, the hospital authorities changed the story and said he died of COVID-19.