Benue begins sale of fertiliser at subsidised rate
• ‘Jigawa empowers 50,100 youths in two years’
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State yesterday kicked off the sale of fertilisers to farmers to commemorate the 2017 planting season, as part of activities marking Democracy Day.
Addressing the people of the state at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Square in Makurdi, Ortom warned that anyone sabotaging the efforts of the government to make the product available to farmers would be prosecuted.
He said sale of 50 kilogram of MPK brand of fertiliser would be subsidised by the state government.The governor further said the state executive council has approved the procurement of 7,500 metric tons of assorted brands of inorganic fertiliser and other implements at affordable rates for farmers in Benue.
Ortom urged the farmers to ensure that the implements are judiciously used.He later granted amnesty to 43 prisoners across the state as part of the celebration, advising the beneficiaries to be of good conduct.
Meanwhile, Jigawa State government yesterday said it had empowered about 50,100 youths, including women and persons with disabilities in the areas of income generating trades in the last two years.
Governor Muhammad Badaru who disclosed this at the Democracy Day celebration in Dutse, the state capital, said that the beneficiaries were trained and empowered in various vocations.
Badaru said creating opportunities for self-actualisation through targeted empowerment programmes formed the cardinal objectives of the sustainable growth and development agenda of his administration.
The governor said his administration adopted a demand-driven approach with an assessment team deployed to every local council to identify specific trade and enterprise gaps.
Other empowerment programmes funded in the period under review were sesame production, internship programme and goat breeding scheme for indigent widows.“The partnership with NGOs and various development organisations and the Federal Government’s special intervention scheme have made significant progress in poverty reduction,” he said.