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Earth Tremor Rocks Saki In Oyo State

Earth Tremor Rocks Saki In Oyo State

Earth tremor rocks Saki in Oyo State

The town of Saki in Saki West Local Government Area of Oyo State, has been rocked by an earth tremor, creating panic amongst residents, causing unspecified damages in some parts of the ancient town.

The Federal Government, through the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), however, said it has sent a team of experts to evaluate the extent of damage and educate the residents on measures to take in the wake of the tremor.

The Director General of the NGSA, Abdulrazaq Garba, who briefed newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja on the measures taken so far, disclosed that a team of experts had been sent to monitor the extent of the tremor and pacify the community on the occurrence.

“A team of experts has been sent to pacify the community because they were in panic. They have so far been able to capture predictive analysis from the Ilorin (Kwara) station which monitors Shaki and its areas of surrounding.” Garba said.

He added that the earth tremor was a natural occurrence which humans don’t have control over, but, however, said that consistent monitoring of tremors would help alert appropriate authorities and help study, mitigate and manage such situations.

“Earth tremor is a natural occurrence which humans don’t have control over. We had a tremor Saki, Oyo State, on Tuesday, and it is a natural occurrence. For quite some time, sesmistic data has not been captured, therefore there are no accurate compilations of appropriate information.

“But we have put in some equipment to monitor these occurrences. Before the end of the year and early next year, we will have more monitoring stations. We have six seismographs stations in the country,” Garba added.

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Dantata, Rabiu, Others Gift Jigawa Flood Victims N1b

Nigerian businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, and Abdulsamad Rabiu, the founder of BUA group, on Saturday raised over N1 billion for Jigawa flood victims.

The donations were made in Dutse at the fund raising in support of the 2022 flood victims in the state.

Dantata and Rabiu each donated N200 million, Jigawa State Government N250 million, Gov. Muhammad Badaru, donated N25 million on behalf of himself, family and his company, Talamis Group.

However, Dantata, who was represented by Alhaji Salisu Sambajo, expressed concern over the conditions in which the flood victims found themselves after the disaster.

The philanthropist prayed for those who died during the disaster and sympathised with those who lost their property and crops in the floods.

Similarly, Badaru also expressed appreciation to the teeming donors for their kind gesture and urged the fund raising committee to be equitable and just in the distribution of the palliatives and cash.

The committee Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, (Wazirin Dutse) and former Minister of Power, thanked individuals and group of companies for supporting the victims.

Other donors included the members of the state and National Assembly as well as Council Chairmen.

Zenith Bank, Jaiz Bank, FCMB, Sterling Bank, GTBANK and Unity Bank were among the financial institutions who made donations.

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FG, Sasakawa Africa To Collaborate On Regenerative Agriculture

The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) restated its commitment to supporting the Federal Government of Nigeria’s drive to improve food and nutrition security, reduce poverty and hunger through regenerative agriculture on Thursday.

Dr. Godwin Atser, the new Nigeria Country Director of SAA, stated this during a courtesy visit to Malam Abdullahi Abubakar, the Director of the Federal Department of Agriculture in Abuja.

According to Atser, the purpose of the tour was to reinforce and expand the previously existing relationship with Nigeria.

“We are here to foster that relationship and build on it and strengthen it more and more.

“We are here to renew our commitment to the Federal Government of Nigeria that Sasakawa is here,” he said.

According to Atser, the SAA approach is in accordance with the Nigerian government’s aims.

“We are ready to work and support the efforts of the government in order to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner.

“This is such that together we can help eradicate hunger and poverty and make our farmers proud,” he said.

The association’s strategy is regenerative agriculture, which is agriculture that is practiced in a way that does not harm or jeopardize the environment.

“We want to grow food in such a way that the land can be preserved and sustainable,” he said.

The association’s strategy is regenerative agriculture, which is agriculture that is practiced in a way that does not harm or jeopardize the environment.

“We want to grow food in such a way that the land can be preserved and sustainable,” he said.

Atser said that “nutrition sensitive agriculture” is also part of Sasakawa’s renewed strategy.

He stated that nutrition sensitive agriculture intended to ensure that crops provided to farmers have nutrition values that might help transform their health status.

“Market oriented agriculture is another pillar we are pushing, where we are making our famers to understand farming as a business.

“We also built a lot of capacity for our farmers and also for our extension agents. Building the capacity of farmers is key to what we do.

“Also we focus on inclusion. How do we bring on board youths, women and people living with disabilities? These are cross cutting issues that we are looking at,” Atser said.

In response, Abubakar expressed gratitude for the visit and expressed delight that the relationship between SAA and Nigeria has grown.

He emphasized his willingness to provide small-holder farmers the necessary startup kits so that they may grow into large-scale farmers.

Earlier, Prof. Sani Miko, former Country Director of Sasakawa, praised Abubakar for his support and ongoing cooperation with the association.

Miko asked him to provide the same support to Sasakawa’s new country Director.

The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) was registered as a not-for-profit international NGO in Geneva, Switzerland in 1986.

The focus of the association which was the initiative of the late Ryoichi Sasakawa, founder and former Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, is to seek a more sustainable solution to Africa’s food security problems

SAA’s approach has always focused on demonstrating the potential of improved agricultural technologies to extension agents and farmers through on-farm demonstration and training, from which extension agents and farmers could assess the technologies by themselves.

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UNICEF Says Almost 1m Children Displaced By Flooding In Nigeria

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says an estimated 840,000 children have been displaced by the recent flooding that ravaged some parts of Nigeria.

A statement on Tuesday by Paloma Escudero, head of the UNICEF delegation for COP27, said about 27.7 million children across the world were affected by the flooding in 2022.

Escudero said children a large majority of the 27.7 million children affected by flooding in 2022 are among the most vulnerable and are at high risk of a multitude of threats including death by drowning, disease outbreaks, lack of safe drinking water, malnutrition, disruption in learning, and violence.

“We are seeing unprecedented levels of flooding all around the world this year, and with it, an explosion in threats to children,” she said.

“The climate crisis is here. In many places, the flooding is the worst it has been in a generation, or several. Our children are already suffering at a scale their parents never did.

“The aftermath of floods is often more deadly for children than the extreme weather events that caused the flooding. In 2022, floods have contributed to the increased spread of major killers of children, such as malnutrition, malaria, cholera and diarrhea.

“In addition to threatening the lives of millions of children, the flood waters have disrupted essential services and displaced countless families.

“An estimated 840,000 children were displaced by floods in Nigeria in recent months.”

Escudero said over 1 in 9 children who were hospitalised in flood-ravaged areas in Pakistan were diagnosed with acute malnutrition, while an estimated 465,030 hectares of farmlands were destroyed in Lake Chad, contributing to heightened food insecurity.

“COP27 provides an opportunity to chart a credible roadmap with clear milestones for finance for climate adaptation and solutions for loss and damage,” she said.

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