We Are Set To Dominate Beef Market In The South West – Osun State Government

The state of Osun is set to dominate the supply of beef to larger markets in Oyo, Lagos and other parts of the south west of Nigeria.

This was revealed during a tour of Oloba Farm Settlement, Iwo where 1,500 hectares of land has been acquired, and a 78 hectares cattle ranch established for the fattening of Cattles and Goats.

The ranch has the capacity to Produce 10,000 Cattles amongst other animals being raised for meat production.

Recall the state government of Osun sent 40 youths to Germany to acquire modern Agricultural techniques in 2015. Another set of 2,806 Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES cadet were also trained in modern agriculture practices at the OREAP Youth Academy, Odua farmers Academy, and Leventis foundation.

Olumide Ojo, one of the German Trainees now resident at the Oloba Cattle Ranch, said he and other trainees are in high spirit as they have begun the first batch of 45days goat-fattening beef production. Thousands of Cattles are also being raised in the ranch. Other trainees who arrived from German in 2016 are also breeding pigs using modern techniques at Leventis foundation fattening centre, Ilesa.

In addition to the above, the Osun Government has secured a 2,000 Hectares of land for another cattle ranch in Ede and Ejigbo local government areas. A N40M loan support was also granted to registered pig farmers’ cooperative society in the state to boost their meat production.

The German Trained farmers stated that in a week or two, the first batch of fattened goats will be ready for sale in various markets across the south west.

Factional PDP chiefs meet in Ijebu-Igbo, express confidence in Sheriff’s leadership

Factional leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in South West zone yesterday passed a vote of confidence on the Alli-Modu Sheriff leadership of the party at a meeting in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.

The meeting held without members said to be loyal to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party.

In attendance were factional South-West zonal chairman, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, former Senate President, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu, Alli-Modu Sheriff and his deputy, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo.

Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko and his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayo Fayose, as well as former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, among other leaders who are loyal to the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party, were absent from the meeting.

A communique issued at the end of the meeting, urged party members to eschew their selfish interests and join hands to move the party forward and put it in good stead for the task ahead.

It pleaded with party members to pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari in order to continue his anti-corruption crusade.

Senator Alli-Modu Sheriff pledged to work for the progress of the party and return it to the grassroots.

Sheriff, who said he would not be provoked by the Chairman of the party’s Strategy Review Committee, Prof. Jerry Gana, added that he would do everything to frustrate any individual who wants to corner the party for selfish reasons.

Mantu attributed the crisis rocking the party to lack of internal democracy, imposition of candidates and impunity of some individuals within it.

22% Of Children Under Five In South West Suffer Stunted Growth- UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) raised fresh concerns in Monday over the prevalence and effect of malnutrition in the South-West geo-political zone of the country, stating that 22 per cent of children under five years in the zone have stunted growth.

The UNICEF Communication Specialist, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, gave the figure in an opening remark at a media dialogue organised by the UNICEF for select journalists in some states of the South- West.

He added that it was erroneous to believe that malnutrition is prevalent only in the Northern states.

Quoting a 2013 survey, Njoku said survey had shown that malnutrition is prevalent among children of the rich people of the South West under the age of five, saying malnutrition is a national problem and harped on the need to share responsibilities in investing in simple cost interventions.

Njoku, who narrated his Owerri hometown experience in the South Eastern part, Imo State, revealed that 13% of children born to rich families also suffer malnutrition in the geo-political zone.

A resource person from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Mrs Ogunbumi Omotayo, noted: “Nigeria has the highest number of stunted children under age five in sub-Saharan Africa and second highest in the world with 37% of all children stunted, 18% wasting and 29% underweight.”

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Last Minute Romance With Yoruba Monarchs Won’t Save You, APC Tells GEJ

APC in the Southwest has told President Goodluck Jonathan that his last minute “romance” with the region’s monarchs will not rescue him.

In a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity in the zone, Ayo Afolabi, the party explained the reason Jonathan would lose in the Southwest. According to the APC, Yoruba voted for him in 2011, following their conviction that he was a better candidate but that they were disappointed by his poor performance, particularly in the area of good governance.

“The strategic question the President and his campaign managers should have tried to answer before engaging on the rash moves is: how many of such desperate and impromptu meetings were needed before Yoruba people voted for him in 2011?

“How much did President Jonathan spend to get Yoruba votes in 2011 and why should he think money will save him now?

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Sarkin Hausawa Exposes 1000 Boko Haram Suspects in South West

Reports provides that 1,000 members of the Boko Haram insurgents in parts of the South West.

Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos, Alhaji Sani Kabir, speaking in Abuja said, “All the Arewa sarkis (kings) in the south west are up and doing to make sure that we do not allow any breakdown of law and order in our communities.”

He made this known during a visit to the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, adding that the arrested Boko Haram members were eluding from the Civilian JTF/military onslaught on the insurgents in the North East and those who came to the South West to further the insurgency. He also said that the arrests were made in various separate times.

He further stated that, they are informing “our leaders that when new people come into their midst, they should observe their behaviour. Some of the leaders in the south west are northerners, some of them are from Borno State, they can know. There were even instances where JTF came from Borno State to identify some of them.”