President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigeria is steadily moving to food sufficiency with the adoption of the Anchor Borrowers’Programme (ABP).
He spoke in Abuja on Tuesday, January 18, at the unveiling of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mega Rice Pyramids.
According to Buhari: “The Anchor Borrowers’ Programme has so far supported over 4.8 million smallholder farmers across Nigeria for the production of 23 agricultural commodities including maize, rice, oil palm, cocoa, cotton, cassava, tomato, and livestock”.
Buhari noted that the road to food sufficiency; was further guaranteed by the increase in the number of rice mills in the country.
According to him: “There were only 15 standard Rice mills in Nigeria. As of today, we have over 50 standards and integrated rice mills creating jobs and reducing unemployment.”
He also added that additional significant output will be achieved “when two new mills are started in Lagos and Katsina. I am also aware that because of the large margins in this business, more people are showing interest in investing in our agribusiness”.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has released its timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the 2022 concurrent Legislative By-Elections across four states of the Federation.
The approved timetable/schedule of activities for the concurrent legislative by-elections was signed on Monday, January 17; by the National Secretary, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe.
This is in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended); as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines.
The states are Cross River State (Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency and Akpabuyo state Constituency); Imo State (Ngor-Okpala state Constituency); Ondo State (Akure North/Akure South Federal Constituency); as well as Plateau State (Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency and Pankshin South State Constituency).
According to Akpanudoedehe, the expression of interest and nomination forms; for the House of Representatives positions cost N3,850, 000.
For the State House of Assembly positions, the forms cost N850, 000; while female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants are entitled to 50% of the prescribed fees for each position.