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L-R: Katsina state Governor, Honourable Bello Masari. Kebbi’s state Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and President, Maize Farmers Association Bello Abubakar Annur (with Reflective jacket) at the Flag- off of the National Maize harvest and Loan Recovery and launching of 2020/2021 Dry Season Maize Farming in Katsina on Thursday, May 6, 2021

CBN governor vows to block maize importation

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele on Thursday vowed to resist importation of maize as Nigerians have the capacity and capability to grow the crop locally to meet consumption demand.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Nigerian government trains 30 coconut farmers on nursery, processing

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says it has trained 30 coconut farmers on nursery establishment, field development, harvesting, processing and marketing in Edo.
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Kogi secures $100 million agric loan from AfDB

Kogi government on Tuesday announced that it had secured a $100 million loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance some Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) projects in the state.
Apple has not been spared the effects of the ongoing global component shortage, according to a new report in Nikkei.

Global chip shortage hits iPad, MacBook production – report

Apple has not been spared the effects of the ongoing global component shortage, according to a new report in Nikkei. The publication says that some production of MacBooks and iPads has been delayed, with “a portion of component orders” pushed back to the second half of 2021.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has admonished potato farmers in the country to adopt planting of orange-fleshed sweet potato to in a bid promote healthy living among citizens.

Nigerian government urges farmers to adopt orange-fleshed sweet potato

The Federal Government of Nigeria has admonished potato farmers in the country to adopt planting of orange-fleshed sweet potato to in a bid promote healthy living among citizens.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

CBN appoints KPMG as InfraCorp’s transaction adviser portfolio

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has appointed KPMG LLP as transaction adviser for the newly-created Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria Limited (InfraCorp).
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Scarcity of foreign rice hits Abuja, Jigawa markets

Hajiya Rahmatu Mohammed, a rice seller in Utako Market in Abuja, said in view of the scarcity, the price of foreign rice had increased in the market.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC seals 13 fake dairies and water factories in Kano – official

The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed 13 illegal dairies and water factories in Kumbotso and Nasarawa Local Government areas of Kano State.

Maize farmers oppose calls for importation

The farmers assured that Nigeria “should be able to achieve at least 25 million metric tonnes (MMTs) of maize before the end of the year” going by the current improvement in local production capacity and funding support from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) as well as expectations that the COVID-19 pandemic would be better managed globally going forward.
FILE PHOTO - A Tesla Model S electric car is seen at its dealership in Seoul, South Korea July 6, 2017. REUTERS-Kim Hong-Ji

Tesla to recall 135,000 U.S. vehicles under pressure from auto safety regulators

Tesla Inc has agreed to recall 134,951 Model S and Model X vehicles with touchscreen displays that could fail and raise the risk of a crash after U.S. auto safety regulators sought the recall last month, according to a recall posted on a government website Tuesday.
Rice millers in Gombe State have called on both the Federal and State Governments’ support for acquisition of modern rice drying machine to boost production of the commodity in the state.

Rice millers express fear, raise alarm over massive smuggling of foreign rice

As Federal Government reopens some land borders and take-off of Africa Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, agreement, rice millers under the auspices of Rice Millers Association of Nigeria, RIMAN, Saturday, expressed fear and raised the alarm over massive smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Price of maize set to crash as CBN releases 300,000 tonnes soon

The anticipated release follows moves made by the CBN, working with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), in the last quarter of 2020, to facilitate import waivers to four agro-processing companies to import 262,000 tonnes of maize to bridge the shortfall in production and augment local production.

MFI to address food fortification challenge

An International Nonprofit Organization, TechnoServe, has reinstated it commitment to tackling malnutrition through the Micronutrient Fortification Index (MFI).
Sabo Nanono, minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), was quoted to have said “The foundation of a solid crop value chain is based on best-bet varieties,”

Nigeria to introduce new cassava varieties

Five new cassava varieties developed with support from NextGen Cassava have been approved for release in Nigeria.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Central bank threatens firms over diaspora remittances in local currency

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed payment switching and processing companies to stop local currency transfer of diaspora remittances received through International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs), with a threat to revoke licences of defaulting firms.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Central bank tackles recalcitrant IMTOs over diaspora remittances

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has expressed displeasure that some International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) continue to pay remittances in local currency contrary to its recent policy that granted unfettered access to forex from Diaspora and other money transfer remittances.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN warns banks, IMTOs still paying remittances in Naira

The Central Bank of Nigeria has expressed displeasure towards some banks and international money transfer operators (IMTOs) that have, despite its recent directive, continued to pay remittances in local currency.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Minister advises Nigerians to give priority to agriculture

Mr Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, says there is the need for Nigerians to accord agriculture its prime position a good replacement for the dwindling crude oil.
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Kebbi governor calls for more funding to mitigate post harvest losses

Bagudu made the appeal in Abuja, at the ongoing 3-day intensive hands-on training on “Post-harvest handling techniques,” organised by Farms Flowers and Allied Products Initiative (FFAP).
This, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet, explained would encourage such farmers go into commercial farming.

Akwa Ibom government takes sustainable agriculture to hinterlands

As follow-up on the recent training of agribusiness operators under Agribusiness Enterprise Development Programme, AEDP, sponsored by the Akwa Ibom State government in collaboration with Elkanis and Partners, the state government has outlined plans...
An agritech focussed company, Farmcrowdy Limited (FC), says it is committed to impact 25,000 farmers across Nigeria through its Structured Financing of N5.7 billion.

Agric firm to facilitate N5.7 billion loan for 25,000 farmers

An agritech focussed company, Farmcrowdy Limited (FC), says it is committed to impact 25,000 farmers across Nigeria through its Structured Financing of N5.7 billion.
Amazon.com on Thursday said it shifted part of the computing for its Alexa voice assistant to its own custom-designed chips, aiming to make the work faster and cheaper while moving it away from chips supplied by Nvidia.

Amazon shifts some Alexa, Rekognition computing to its own Inferentia chip

Amazon.com on Thursday said it shifted part of the computing for its Alexa voice assistant to its own custom-designed chips, aiming to make the work faster and cheaper while moving it away from chips supplied by Nvidia.

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Supreme Court declares dissolution of Oyo local councils illegal

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Supreme Court upholds INEC’s deregistration of 74 political parties

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Eden Hazard apologises to Real Madrid fans for laughing after Champions League exit

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Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), says the institution has adopted proactive measures to prevent untoward security breaches.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has decried Sunday’s attack on its office in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state, saying if the trend is left unchecked, it could derail its preparations ahead of the 2023 general elections.
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Kwara governor submits five additional commissioner-nominees to state assembly

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, yesterday forwarded the names of five additional commissioner-nominees to the state House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi raises the alarm over influx of bandits from Yobe

Bauchi State Government has raised the alarm over the influx of bandits from neighboring Yobe state. It said the bandits had infiltrated four local governments.
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Israel observes day of mourning for religious festival dead

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