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12042018 - HERDSMEN/FARMERS’ CLASHES: Blame Gaddafi, irresponsible politicians — BUHARI

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Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 201849 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 NDDC commences distribution of organic fertilizer, soil conditioner in Edo link with the grassroots, By Simon Ebegbulem BNiger ENIN-CITYTHE Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has commenced the distribution of Liquid Organic Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner in Edo State with a promise to sustain its collaboration with farmers in the Niger Delta for enhanced food security and food sufficiency in the region. The Member Representing Edo State in the Board of the NDDC, Mr Saturday Idehen Uwuilekhue who stated this while kicking off the project in Benin City yesterday, said “the program was part of NDDC commitments to mitigate the socioeconomic difficulties in the Niger Delta Region”, stressing that the distribution of Liquid Organic fertilizer and Soil Conditioner was an innovation to boost Food production and Cash Crops in Edo State. Uwuilekhue stated that the programme which was flagged off in Uyo recently by the Managing Director of the Commission, Dr. Nsima Ekere, as a special farmers empowerment program, was another milestone in the NDDC’s maintaining that beneficiaries were drawn from the eighteen Local Government Areas across Edo state. “The first phase of this program has about 100 farmers, including the members of the Edo State branch of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and Youths and Women Groups who are involved in agricultural activities. The second phase comes up next week for about the same number of farmers”. He congratulated the beneficiaries and advised them to make the best use of the products while promising more programs for the state especially in the Agric Sector in line with the Federal government’s new policy on agriculture geared towards making the nation self sufficient in the production of food crops. In her remarks, the Director, Edo State Office of the NDDC, Dr. Akwagaga Lelegima Enyia, said “NDDC was passionate towards the Development of the Niger Delta Region and Edo state in particular as demonstrated through the provision of rural infrastructures, including roads construction, provisions of educational facilities, and Agricultural Entrepreneurial Training programs.” Afreximbank to assist Nigeria airline operators acquire new aircraft By Lawani Mikairu LAGOSAS its, efforts part of at improving the air transport infrastructure across Africa, t h e African Import Export Bank, Afreximbank and the Russian Export Center, REC, yesterday, began a roadshow in Lagos under a new partnership that would raise the profile of Russian aircraft and helicopters in Africa and enable Nigerian airline operators access financial support and facility to acquire brand new aircraft. This is just as Chairman, Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, Captain Nogie Meggison said the intervention of Afreximbank is a welcome development in the Nigeria aviation sector. The roadshow, which featured presentations, showcased a range of cutting-edge Russian aircraft and helicopters, with demonstrations and flight experiences, over the next five days, started in Nairobi, Kampala in Uganda, Lagos, will continue in Abuja and end in Bamako, Mali. Rene Awambeng, Afreximbank’s Global Head for Client Relations said: “Our partnership with the Russian Export Centre gives key players in Africa’s aviation industry tremendous opportunities. The 17-year average fleet age of African airlines is the oldest of any world region, and by showcasing state-ofthe-art and more fuelefficient aircraft, and the newest helicopters, together with our expertise and experience in aircraft finance, we can enable the upgrading of Africa’s aviation industry.” 2019: Delta gov, Esievo get confidence vote By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha OLEHAHEAD 2019 general election, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Emede, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, has passed a vote of confidence on the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and the lawmaker representing Isoko South Constituency 1 in state House of Assembly Mrs. Orezi Esievo. The party, in a communique issued at the end of a leaders and stakeholders meeting in the area, described the governor and the lawmaker as "competent hands that are committed to the development of the state and Isoko land respectively." They pledged to work assiduously for their reelection, having shown willingness and commitment towards the welfare of the people and the growth of their land.