Restructuring: Yoruba leaders meet Lagos Speaker, Obasa Thursday

THE calls for the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social firmaments will further reverberate on Thursday, December 13, 2018, in Lagos, as eminent Yoruba leaders, including Prof. Banji Akintoye; an Afenifere chieftain, Chief Amos Akingba; Secretary-General, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr Kunle Olajide among others pay a visit to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa to seek for his support. Obasa is also the current Chairman, Conference of Speake r of State Houses of Assemblies of Nigeria. Other Yoruba leaders that would be on the visit include Senator Tokunbo Ogunbanjo, Dr Tola Adeniyi, Chairman, Voice of Reason, Dr Femi Adegoke and the Convener, Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun whose organization is spare-heading the visit. Osibogun, in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, said the core objective of the visit was to let all elected Yoruba parliamentarians understand why the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structures must be implemented now for the sake of the generation yet unborn. Obasa would be presented with, a paper titled “Yoruba Nation in a Restructured Nigeria Federation,” written by Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation, the September 2017 Ibadan Declaration on Restructuring by Yoruba People and draft of Proposed Nigerian Constitution written by Voice of Reason (VOR) during the visit.

December 11, 2018 15:00 UTC

Women farmers advocate 10 per cent allocation of annual budget

AN advocacy has been made for the allocation of at least 10 per cent of the annual Budget by governments at all levels in the country to the agricultural sector in order to promote food sufficiency and security. The advocacy was made by the Bauchi State chapter of Smallholders Women Farmers of Nigeria (SWOFON) through its State Chairperson, Hajiya Marka Abass while speaking on Tuesday during the 2018 annual women farmers forum with theme, ‘Zero hunger, to end hunger and malnutrition’ , organised by a Bauchi based NGO, FAHIMTA Women and Youth Development Initiative in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria, held at the Joly Guest-inn, Bauchi. Marka Abbass said that Smallholder Women farmers who constitute between 60-80 per cent of Nigeria’s agricultural labour force are faced with poor access to land, lack of access to government services such as credit, inputs, training and crop insurance thereby limiting their output. ALSO READ: Govt Tasked On Robust Policy To Empower WidowsShe advocated that: “The budget process should be open and participatory for smallholder women farmers to be included in the planning process especially in the area of agriculture.”“Easy access to credit at single digit interest rate should be provided for smallholder women farmers, removing conditions that required collateral and guarantors, thereby making the credit schemes gender friendly,” She further advocated. She said that undernutrition causes severe wasting of 52 million children worldwide and constitute nearly 45 per cent death in children under the age of five years.

December 11, 2018 14:37 UTC

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