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Food security: Stakeholders decry shortage of extension workers in Gombe

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Food security: Stakeholders decry shortage of extension workers in Gombe

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector in Gombe State on Wednesday decried shortage of agricultural extension workers in the state.

They made their submission during the dissemination of community scorecard on smallholder women farmers’ access to extension services in the state.

They urged the state government to urgently recruit more extension workers as a way of mitigating food insecurity through adequate and timely provision of extension services.

According to them, the shortage has directly affected the quality of farming activities and food productivity in the state.

The Chief Executive Officer of Hope Foundation For the Lonely (HFL), Mrs Sarah Yapwa said it was shocking to know that only four female and 46 male extension workers were currently serving farmers in the state.

Yapwa said such number was grossly inadequate to cater for the extension services demand of the farming population in the state.

She urged the state government to “quickly” employ extension workers if the state was to make any progress in the fight against food insecurity.

According to her, if the state continues with the current number of extension workers, efforts to achieve food security for the state and country will be further threatened.

She said reliance on old-fashioned knowledge, obsolete tools and poor farming practices would not translate to the kind of result needed to meet the food demand of the state’s growing population.

Similarly, the Programme Officer of HFL, Ms Ballin James, while presenting the scorecard said in spite of the shortage of extension workers in the state, N75 million was budgeted for extension services between 2020 and 2023.

James also said that in spite of the importance of extension services to food production, there had never been any fund expended to carry out the required task with regard to extension services in the state within the period under review.

She said based on the research HFL conducted, in collaboration with Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON), Gombe State chapter, majority of smallholder women farmers in the state never had access to government extension services between 2020 and 2023.

While highlighting the implications of farmers’ inability to access extension services, she said farmers may struggle to adopt modern farming techniques, leading to lower crop yields and livestock productivity.

”Without access to extension services, farmers may miss out on crucial information about new technologies, market trends, and best practices, hindering their ability to innovate and adapt.

”Farmers may be less prepared to mitigate and respond to environmental risks, pests, and diseases, leading to increased crop losses and economic instability.

”The lack of access to extension services can hinder rural development and economic growth, as farmers may not have the necessary support to diversify their agricultural activities or explore new opportunities,” she said.

James, while presenting the recommendations from the research, urged the state government to implement the recruitment of qualified extension personnel as indicated in the 2024 approved budget to fill the current manpower gap.

She further advocated for more women extension workers to be part of the recruitment for easy relation with smallholder women farmers in communities, whose culture and religion do not allow for interaction with men, who are not relatives.

In the same vein, Mr Muhammad Kabir, the chairman, Committee on Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in the Gombe State House of Assembly pledged his support towards ensuring improvement in extension services in the state.

The chairperson of SWOFON, Airudia Mamman, called on the state government to support smallholder women farmers by employing more workers that would provide the needed information and innovations to boost food availability

Responding on behalf of the government, Mr Musa Wakili, an Assistant Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Gombe State Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperatives said the state government was aware of the challenge.

Wakili said that the shortage of extension workers in the state was due to death and continuous retirement of the staff without replacement.

According to him, the state currently has 50 extension workers comprising 46 male and four female, adding that only nine veterinary doctors existed in the state.

He said that the state currently needed no fewer than 1, 000 extension workers to assist farmers with the right extension services.

”The good thing is that the state governor, Inuwa Yahaya has recently approved the recruitment of about 500 extension workers to render extension services to farmers,” he said.
The meeting was organised by the Gombe State chapter of SWOFON, Hope Foundation for the Lonely in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, with support from ActionAid Nigeria.

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Flood: NEMA intensifies campaign against improper waste management in Gombe communities

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Flood: NEMA intensifies campaign against improper waste management in Gombe communities

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has taken its campaign on proper waste management to rural dwellers in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State as part of measures to mitigate impact of flooding during the rainy season.

Mrs Ummunah Ahmad, the Head of Operations, NEMA , Gombe State office, who led the campaign team to Kwami community said the exercise was to raise public awareness about proper waste management and its effect on flooding.
Ahmad said the campaign was imperative as part of effort to mitigate the impacts of flood disaster through proactive measures as well as reminding communities of their roles in disaster prevention and mitigation.

She told residents of Kwami that the devastating impacts of flood over the years, especially that of 2012, should served as a wake-up call to all stakeholders, hence the reason NEMA was collaborating with stakeholders to manage disaster risks and associated hazards.

According to her, the campaign on flooding is an initiative to save lives and livelihoods during the rainy season.

She said that there was a connection between improper waste disposal and flooding, hence the need for communities to avoid dumping waste indiscriminately in drains.

According to her, flooding will be minimised if residents take seriously proper waste management and to comply with all measures that will ensure a sustainable environment.

She said that her team was in Kwami because it is amongst the five LGAs in Gombe State that are predicted to be under the moderate flood risk areas, listing others to include Dukku, Yamaltu/Deba, Gombe and Funakaye.

“Our message is simple, they should not build houses along waterways or flood prone areas, evacuate from flood prone areas immediately to safer ground, clear drainages and waterways, and adhere to early warning alerts.

“NEMA is concerned about saving lives and property and that is why we are engaging all stakeholders to remind them of their roles as well as call for proactive measures,” she said.

Ahmad commended the Gombe State government for commencing desilting of storm drains as well as building waste collection centres in the state, adding that such was key to minimising impact of flooding in the state.

On his part, Mr Muhammad Khalid, the Special Assistant, Technical to the Executive Secretary of Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency (GOSEPA), Mr Auwalu Baba-Jada urged residents to imbibe the culture of proper waste disposal.

Khalid advised residents to always be vigilant and not encourage actions that could lead to flooding in their communities.
Our correspondent also reports that NEMA had earlier in the day, organised a training for key stakeholders tagged “Waste Segregation, Recycling and Composting Techniques, Proper Waste Management and Flood Preparedness to selected communities in Gombe State.”

The event which was held at Prof. Isa Ali-Pantami ICT Park, Gombe Statr University had participants such as community leaders, NESREA, SEMA, State Fire Service and Federal Firemen, officials of Ministry of Health, Environment, the Police, NSCDC and the media.

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African Group Backs Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Term

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The African Group at the World Trade Organization (WTO) presented a proposal at its General Council (GC) to re-elect Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director-general of the organization.

Adebayo Thomas, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, announced this in a statement in Abuja.

According to him, the proposal is for members to consider Okonjo-Iweala to run for another term as chief executive officer of the organization.

He said the proposal was also to enable the Chair of the General Council (GC) to commence the process of the appointment of the director-general as soon as possible.

He quoted Amb. Abdulhamid Adamu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO, at the GC, as saying that members debated the issue.

“All members highlighted Okonjo-Iweala’s efforts and contributions to the organization, which have led to significant progress and development,” Adamu said. “They all affirmed that she deserves to be reappointed as the director-general. Almost 58 members from all regions supported the proposal.”

He added that members resolved that the General Council Chair should start consultations on the appointment process as soon as possible.

In response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked all members and assured them she would respond soon after consulting with her family.

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SGF Approves Eight New FRSC Deputy Corps Marshals

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SGF Approves Eight New FRSC Deputy Corps Marshals

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has approved the promotion of eight Assistant Corps Marshals to Deputy Corps Marshals (DCMs) of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Acting Corps Public Education Officer, announced this in Abuja on Monday.

Three of the new DCMs will proceed to immediate retirement, while the remaining five will fill vacancies in the South South, South East, South West, North Central, and North West geopolitical zones.

The promoted officers are DCM Clement Oladele (North Central), DCM Chidiebere Nkwonta (South East), DCM Sunday Iyamah (South South), DCM Musa Yerima (North West), and DCM Abiodun Akinlade (South West).

The retiring DCMs are Kingsley Agomoh, Jonas Agwu, and Zubairu Mato. SGF Akume praised the transparency of the promotion process and urged the new appointees to commit to the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic crashes and creating a safer motoring environment.

FRSC Corps Marshal Shehu Mohammed congratulated the promoted officers and emphasized the increased responsibilities their new ranks entail.

He encouraged them to stay focused and dedicated, and reassured all personnel of ongoing efforts to improve their welfare.

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