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Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, Founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke Afa, Ejigbo, Lagos State recently launched the 2019/2020 and Beyond Edition of his compendium of prophecy. In this interview with Lukmon Akintola, he speaks on the state of the nation, his new book and more.

Though it is barely weeks since you unveiled the 2019/2020 and Beyond Edition of Warnings To The Nations, are there prophecy that have come to pass?

Indeed, some have already come to pass, and those that are yet to come to pass will still do. Some of those which have come to pass include flooding which has been bedeviling several states in Nigeria. The high spate of kidnapping which has been noticed, the FBI clampdown against cybercrime, and the unfortunate development involving Seplat Petroleum are some of the prophecies that have come to pass. We prophesied about it all in Warnings To The Nations 2019/2020 and Beyond edition.

What is your overview of Nigeria as a nation presently?

Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder or time bomb as the case might be. This is because President Muhammadu Buhari has not realised what the security problem in Nigeria will cause him. It is going to cost him what he doesn’t expect. I said it in his first term in office that his government will fluctuate. I said it before the end of his first term that if Buhari wins, he is going to have security problems that will affect him and the big men in the country.

How is the security problem likely to affect him?

Terrorists are already in Nigeria, hoodlums and bandits are already in Nigeria. The police are not saying the truth; the soldiers are not saying the truth. And the Service Chiefs are tired, they have run out of ideas, they don’t have ideas. Buhari is the one causing his own problem for himself because he is confused. Spiritually, he is confused and does not know the direction of which things are going.

What will eventually become of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari if things don’t change?

I am telling you one more time, there is going to be a protest. A protest is coming and I see a referendum. Nigeria staying together is no more realistic, what is supposed to keep us together is no more there. I am not saying that anybody should like what I am saying, but I am saying this as a man of God.

 

Earlier you said that President Buhari is confused spiritually, how possible is that knowing he relates with top pastors?

It is just unfortunate that people who know the truth are afraid of saying it. If you lie, you will become a friend of the government. It should not be so, they should say the truth. Pastors are no longer saying the truth. People like Pastor Adeboye should stop speaking in parables, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Supo Ayokunle, should stop speaking in parables, and they should say the truth. How about Pastor Kumuyi, he has become a friend of politicians. The teaching of the words of God is not going as it should anymore because they keep deceiving themselves. Each of the politicians are there for themselves, they are not there for the masses or the citizen. That is what the Lord said to me, anyone can query it.

Why do you think Nigeria is finding it hard to progress?

The truth is that our politicians are our problems. They will say out of 30 projects if they do two, they are okay, and that is why Nigeria can never go forward. So, says the lord of host, if we put the right things in place, we will go the right way.

Crude Oil is the mainstay of Nigeria, what does the future hold?

Our crude oil will dry up in the next 18 to 20 years.

What does 2023 hold in store for Nigeria?

2023 will cause a lot of tension in All Progressive Congress, Peoples Democratic Party and all other political parties. This idea of rotational presidency will not work because the north will never relinquish power. God has put the north as a power broker in this country. Anybody that wants to win an election must pass through them. And the north is not ready to let it go by 2023. Also, 2023 will also determine the longevity of APC. APC must be careful so that two Presidents do not emerge from the party.

How is that possible?

An aggrieved candidate can declare himself to be the president, that he won the election, and that the announced result is fraudulent.

One speculation which has trailed Tinubu is his alleged 2023 Presidential ambition, is there any reality in it?

The people who have been Tinubu’s main force will kick against his 2023 ambition. Let’s wait for it. The people that he has given life to will kick against his 2023 ambition.

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What about the Igbo and the middle belt, don’t they deserve to be president?

The Igbo are sleeping, the north-central are sleeping, they have not woken up. And the north is coming together forcefully to decide what will become of this country in 2023.

Is there no hope for Nigeria?

Nigeria can only be better when the north let go of power completely, and can the north ever let go of power? No, they cannot. They will be the one to decide until there is a referendum. It is either we go for true federalism where the Federal will be weak or we disintegrate and retain the same name Nigeria. Then, it can be North Nigeria, South Nigeria, and Eastern Nigeria. Five nations will come out of Nigeria between now and 3035. If we remain the Nigeria we are today, the country will not prosper, Nigeria will not move forward. This is because some cabals have taken over power in Nigeria. I still see problems in Nigeria. I see poverty, people will be angry, hungry and if we are not careful, the country will run into another recession. Nigeria is broke; we will continue to be borrowing money until when the government does the right thing to eradicate poverty. I laugh at most of the state governors saying that they will pay N30000, it’s a lie. Some will pay; others will not be able to pay.

Earlier you said that the country would experience another recession, tell us about it.

Yes. We will run into another recession because we will borrow money that would lead to recession and even inflation. Buhari will lose grip of his government. I am not afraid to say what is true and what needs to be said. I am not saying it for any publicity or to know anybody. I have delivered the message.

Nigerians are currently victims of Xenophobia in South Africa, what is causing this?

We have already said it in Warnings To The Nations. We said it last time and we said it in the 2019/2020 and Beyond edition. It is not only in South Africa that Nigerians will be killed. What is the job of our President when thousands of Nigerians are being killed? The Police have to be properly trained. Why are they killing Nigerians, South Africans are killing Nigerians, Nigerians are losing their properties, and yet the police is killing Nigerians here. I believe a President must be there, a Minister of Foreign Affairs must be there. If Boko Haram can issue a statement to caution the South Africans that if they don’t stop in 24 hours they would react, why then is Nigeria quiet on the issue. Nigeria should have issued a statement a long time ago. The Vice President’s families are not there, the President’s families are not there, and the governor’s families are not there, including the ministers. If they were there, they would have been shouting, and ranting. This is my personal opinion asides from prophecy fulfillment. Nobody can do that to America, they would have known what would have happened to them by now.  It is just a pointer that our government doesn’t have respect for life.

In the 2018/2019 edition of Warnings To The Nations, you said that Senator Bukola Sarki was the one to take Nigeria out of its bondage, is he still relevant?

PDP still needs Saraki if they wish to move forward. Saraki will still make a big wave. A lot of people who are currently politically irrelevant will still return to relevance including Saraki. This is because most of the states being controlled by APC will have a crisis. They must watch it.

 

You also prophesied on the health of President Buhari, is the prophecy still the same?

Buhari still needs God’s protection on his health and that of his family. He needs to seek God’s protection not to be bereaved.

What is likely to happen in the political parties knowing that some elections are near?

There will be cross carpeting. Very soon you will be seeing it. Some of the politicians will not even get to the tribunal, they will return to their party. PDP will retain Bayelsa State if they pick the right candidate.

Kogi State is a very sensitive place politically, what will happen there?

We said it before that if Dino Melaye wants to win the election, he would have to re-strategise. But Dino did not take it serious. I precisely said it that if Dino does not work it out, Engr. Musa Wada will take the PDP gubernatorial ticket. Since he has won it now, let’s congratulate the incumbent because All Progressive Congress will take it. They will take it by any means. It is going to be a fraudulent election, and they will use coalition and technical grounds to win. There is no justice in our election. Everybody will do it the way they like. In the Kaduna election, the present governor can lose if the APC man re-strategise and do what is the needful otherwise Ganduje will take it, and nothing will happen. In Ondo State, if Akeredolu wants to contest and win, he would have to do more developmental projects, he should let the people feel the dividends of democracy. If he does that, nobody will be able to withstand him. It is a warning.

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What has God revealed about Adams Oshiomhole and Godwin Obaseki’s recent dispute?

Adams Oshiomole should calm down. He should calm down and the governor does not need to go to another party; if he leaves the party, he will fail. Oshiomhole will have problems with the National Working Committee of the party. Oshiomhole should leave Obaseki alone. He has a lot to achieve in the future. Obaseki is symbolic and his achievements will help Oshiomole in future.

You prophesied about the fall of former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has God revealed anything about Babajide Sanwo-Olu?

Sanwo-Olu must be very careful of people who can run their government down, I am talking about sycophants. They will praise him and leave him when he fails.

Atiku Abubakar is currently at the tribunal contesting the last presidential election, what will the judgment be?

The truth will be known, but Atiku will not be victorious. He can pursue his right, but if I were to advise him, I will tell him not to waste his time. The money he is using to pay lawyers can be used for better things. In 2023, it will be tough for APC and PDP. Two presidential aspirants will emerge from APC primaries. On Atiku 2023, he should consult God; that was what I advised him to do from the start.

 

What should we pray against generally?

We have to pray against churches and mosques being attacked. We need to pray against kidnappers. I have said it before, and when I said it two years ago, people said he has come again, a prophet of doom. There is nothing like doom, there is nothing like prophesy of doom. Every prophesy is a warning. Some Obas, Emirs, and Eze will pass away between now and February next year. I am seeing parties protesting within parties. PDP must do what is right to become relevant again. There will be trouble in the Christendom, and of course, Celestial Church of Christ and Cherubim and Seraphim will be divided if they are not careful. What will divide them has been happening. Let’s pray not to lose a prominent politician, and of course, there will be political hanky-panky in President Buhari’s cabinet.   Let’s pray we don’t lose any governor, let’s pray we don’t lose an ex-governor or a minister. Let’s pray not to see the death of a journalist. Let’s pray against ethnic or communal crisis in the country. An Eze will be sent out of his palace and they will dethrone an Oba in Yorubaland. There will be a problem in the Republic of Benin, and they will want to protest against the current government. Nnamdi Kanu won’t be able to achieve the fight for IPOB. The Odua People’s Congress will also face challenges. We should watch against terrorist attacks in the military base. The army should be very very watchful. There will be a crisis between Buhari and Abba Kyari.

Let’s go internationally, you prophesied about Boris Johnson becoming the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom years before it happened, what is he likely to achieve?

We have said it before now. There is nothing that he can achieve in the future.

The American election is also coming, what will happen to Donald Trump?

The Republican wants to win, let them pick Mike Spencer as their candidate. Donald Trump will not get a second term if Mike Spencer is given a chance. There will be trouble in the house that might see Trump leaving his party. Cross carpeting might come out in the British parliament. Apart from that, Boris Johnson will continue to have problems with people everywhere it goes.

What has God revealed about Ghana?

The president should re-strategise if he wants to win so that he can take a lead because the opposition is trying very hard to hit the president. The president should manage the economy very well because it will be fluctuating and the currency will be nothing to write home about. In Sierra Leone, whatever the President is involved with will be criticised by the opposition. He will, however, defeat the opposition through the economic commission of the country. He has many projects to do, but the opposition will be frustrating him. And they will gang up against the president within his party. It can defy his second term ambition, so he needs to work on it.

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Abdul Titi Kone Re-Emerges African Freestyle Football Champion.

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From left – Valentine Ozigbo (Chairman of Feet n Tricks), Abdul Titi Kone, the 2019 African Freestyle Football Champion, Jude Monye, Executive Director Heritage Bank and Olisa Adibua, board member, Feet n Tricks

 The 2019 African Freestyle Football Championship ended on a high note, with defending champion Abdul Titi Kone of Cote d’Ivoire emerging as the African Champion once again.

This event marked the 2nd edition of the African Championship and the 3rd annual edition of the Nigerian Championship hosted by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International.

 

The final was a re-do of the 2018 championship, as Kone again defeated Egypt’s Yousef Mohamad in a head-to-head repeat of last year’s final, while Ashley Mhkize of South Africa placed third. 

 

In the female category, Evelyn Okafor (Nigeria), Hadhara Charles (Tanzania) and Augustina Unamba (Nigeria) placed first, second and third respectively.

 

Speaking on his achievement, Kone said: “This is a great honour. I am thankful to Feet n’ Tricks for this incredible platform and opportunity, I look forward to using it to inspire others and make Africa proud.”

 

Mhkize, who emerged as the winner of the Panna Football Championship, thanked the organisers of the event saying, this would help him hone his skills and become a better individual.

 

“Since its inception in 2017, we have been committed to becoming world-class organisers of Freestyle Football tournaments and it’s a great pleasure to see the awareness and growth of Freestyle Football across Africa thanks to our sponsors, fans and media partners. We are confident that the sport will reach and exceed its potential in Nigeria and Africa. It has given me immense joy over the past two days to see our biggest tournament yet come to reality,” said Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks, International, Valentine Ozigbo.

 

The event, which had a massive turn out, had musical and dance performances from Imagine to Dance, Lagos State Cheerleading AssociationChinko Ekun and the Jealous crooner, Fireboy DML closed the event with a dazzling performance.

 

The Nigerian Championship, which took place on the 14th of September 2019- also at the Balmoral Convention Center was well attended by local sports fans, celebrities and VIPs who were treated to musical performances, comedy, dance and freestyle contests. Benjamin John and Augustina Unamba emerged Nigerian Champions in the male and female categories respectively.

 

This year’s championships kicked off with regional auditions held in Lagos, Warri, Owerri and Abuja, attracting over 200 freestylers, with three in both the male and female categories qualifying for the Nigerian Championship.

 

The African Championship, the concluding event, was anchored by popular street dancer Poco Lee, and co-anchored by the superstar hypeman, Shody with freestylers from other African countries competing for cash and prizes valued over $43,000. Both the African and Nigerian male champions will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Red Bull World Championship event in Miami and a furniture set from Lifemate Nigeria.

Also in attendance at both events were Dan Wood – co-Founder and Head of Partnerships – and Lukas Skoda – Head of Operations; both are with the World Freestyle Football Association, the regulatory body for the Nigerian and African Freestyle Football Championships.

 

Double Routine Super Ball World’s Champion, Erlend Fagerli, Guinness World Record holder, Laura Biondo, Asian championship winner, Philip Warren Gertsson presided as judges for the championship and were unbiased in their final judgement.

 

Our 2019 ambassadors added colour to the event with their presence, including John Fashanu, Tonto Dikeh, Williams Uchemba, Victor Ikpeba, Ifu Ennada and Ahneeka to mention a few.

 

Showing their unrelenting support for the initiative were sponsors and partners for the year including: Heritage Bank, Redbull, Guinness Gold, Lifemate, Federal Inland Revenue Service, VFD Group, Scavi & Ray, Vandrezzer, Eko Disco and NIMASA among others.

Guests were not left out of the fun with lucky dips, photobooth sessions, thrilling games, dance competitions and energetic musical performances from Chinko Ekun and Fireboy DML.

 

The African Freestyle Football Championship will be back in 2020 and Feet ‘n’ Tricks the organizers of the event promise it’ll be bigger and better.

Follow @Feetandtricks on all social media platforms for more highlights from the event.

 

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Eastern Palm University: Okorocha Appointed Fake Professor As VC     -Ex-Commissioner

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Two times Chief Librarian of Imo State University, Owerri and erstwhile Commissioner for Petroleum and Environment, Prof Okee Okoro has revealed that the immediate past Governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha appointed a fake Professor, Dafe Otobo as Vice Chancellor of Eastern Palm University, Ogboko for reasons known to him.

He said that the Edo State born Vice Chancellor, Otobo retired from Lagos State University having attained 70 years mandatory age, wondering how a non indigene that is so old could head a state University, when Imo possesses qualified individuals if Okorocha was not meant to cover the frauds he committed.

Prof Okoro disclosed this Friday in a chat with newsmen in Owerri, the capital of Imo State. According to him, it is illegal for an individual to be made a Professor in a field he does not possess degree in, saying that the Vice Chancellor of Eastern Palm University, Dafe Otobo should be held to explain his professorial award that engineered his appointment.

He expressed bitterness that despite engaging the alleged fake Professor Otobo as Vice Chancellor, Okorocha also appointed his wife’s cousin, Mr. Ernest Onuoha from Isikwuato, Abia State as Registrar of the school, describing it as not only an action to cover shoddy deals, but an affront to Imo people.

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He said, “The Vice Chancellor of Eastern Palm University, Dafe Otobo from Edo state retired from Lagos State University after reaching seventy years mandatory age. His Professorial award is doubtful. He does not attend work; he lives at Spibat with Okorocha, perhaps discussing how the wealth of the state will be looted with him”

Prof Okoro revealed that all documents from National Universities Commission (NUC) that established the institution recognized Eastern Palm University as the 42nd state University and 143rd university in Nigeria respectively, wondering why Okorocha should claim ownership of the school after funding it with state resources.

“Governor Emeka Ihedioha should do something very urgent; due process is nonsense when your rights are infringed. As a Commissioner under Okorocha, I was privileged to most information. From available records by NUC, Eastern Palm University is recognized as the 42nd state University and 143rd University in Nigeria. So, Governor Ihedioha should not make the school a subsidiary of Imo State University but should allow it to run independently having received approval of NUC. A situation where the Governor is helpless, he should invite those with relevant information to assist him to ensure that every Okorocha’s link with the institution is cut to side”

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“How could such a school have two, three or five students in a department when there is overflow of admission seekers at Imo State University? This means that Lecturers are not teaching the students. The best time to admit students into various department of the school is now. This will be easy if Government partners with Imo State University, Owerri so that overflow of students not admitted at IMSU will be sent to Eastern Palm University, which is the second Imo State Government owned University” He submitted.

Prof Okoro further queried why Okorocha did not name the school “Rochas Foundation University” if he claims that the institution does not belong to Imo State Government, advising the Ihedioha’s led administration to approach NUC for clarification on ownership of the school, which he vowed would uncover the fact that there was no ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) arrangement as claimed by Okorocha.

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Special Report: Poor Policies Of Successive Administrations Responsible For Nigeria’s Food Insecurity-World Bank Economist

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Lukmon Akintola

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 Food, shelter, and clothing are globally accepted as the basic needs of man. However, many would agree that food takes precedence over the other needs.

In the 60s and 70s, Nigeria was globally recognised as one of the largest producers and exporters of food.

In 2010, agriculture in Nigeria employed about 30 per cent of the population via commercialisation at the small, medium and large-scale enterprise level.

The following year, it contributed 32 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Before then, specifically in 1990, 82 out of 91 million hectares of Nigeria’s total land area were found to be arable. 42 per cent of the cultivable area was famed under the bush fallow system, whereby land is left idle for some time to allow natural regeneration of soil fertility.

A colourful statistics no doubt, they are now memories fading away, as Nigeria’s once admired record in food production is now almost history.

The catastrophe at hand is evident in the unpredictability of the prices of food items in the Nigeria market, as what is purchased at N 1000 can hardly be gotten as the same price the following day, except in peculiar cases.

According to traders, the situation can be blamed on multiple factors chief among which are a shortage of supply and bad roads. While food and other produce might be cheap and in abundance in some states, the challenges of bringing them to the market end up skyrocketing the price.

“The situation is pitiable, as whatever food item you buy plentiful in Ogoja local government of Cross River State which is about five hours from Calabar comes to nothing when you transport it to the main town in Calabar. By the time you get home and do the Mathematics, you will realise that it was a wasted effort, as you could have simply bought the items in Calabar, no matter the cost. The truth is that the road is bad, and a journey which originally should take five hours ends up lasting for eight or more,” Funke Alayande (not real name), a woman who spoke with Saturday INDEPENDENT Newspaper said.

The wastage of perishable produce in Benue and other states due to lack of storage facilities is known to be almost legendary. The wastage also plays a role in food insecurity.

The situation is exemplified by the Senior Agricultural Economist for the World Bank, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe when he recently stated that Nigeria’s food crisis had assumed a frightening dimension.

Dr. Oredipe, who spoke at the second Sterling Bank International Agricultural Summit (SBIAS), in Abuja stated that the nation was “tragically living on borrowed times and being unable to feed her own citizen who are now very hungry, angry and war-threatened.” He blamed the situation on poor policies of successive administrations in the country.

Making his presentation at the summit themed “Agriculture: Your One Trillion Dollar Economy ”, Dr. Oredipe said: “anticipated rewards and positive changes will only happen if Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses undoubtedly can receive expanded access to more capital outlays, uninterrupted electricity, modern technology, and well-irrigated areas to cultivate high-value nutritious foods.

“For Nigeria, it is a great window of opportunities to harness the countless openings that exist in the agricultural value chain towards building a sustainable economy that creates hope for the realisation of our much-desired national development and sustainable food security.”

Furthermore, he said: “To maintain its share of the continent’s agriculture GDP by 2030, Nigeria will need to grow its agriculture sector revenues by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7 per cent. To ensure this is achieved, a national agriculture budget to GDP would have to be sustained by at least seven per cent annually.’’

While the solution proffered by the Agricultural Economist might be long term, there are moves to manage the food crisis baring its fangs.

According to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is on course to reinvent the country through agriculture.

Represented by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Shehuri, Professor Osinbajo, who also spoke at the second edition of SBIAS which was attended by delegates from all continents of the world, including 40 others representing some African nations assured that the government was also working to make Agriculture the mainstay of the nation’s economy.

The road to food security is however not only on the doorsteps of the Federal government, as some state governments have also been making efforts to ensure adequate food for residents there.

In the past, state governments such as Lagos and Ogun States have individually pursued projects to make food adequately available.

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In 2015, about 400 farmers were a part of a special rice farming project tagged ‘FADAMA III Additional Finance Project’. The project was an offshoot of a $25 million agreement between the Federal Government and Lagos State.

According to the then Lagos State Fadama Coordinator, Foluso Ajibola, the project was aimed at raising production and increasing income of farmers operating within the catchment of the selected states and other production area engaged in priority staple foods namely rice, cassava, sorghum, and horticulture in Kogi, Kano, Niger, Enugu, and Anambra States.

In March 2016, the Lagos State government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Kebbi State government which led to the unveiling of the Lake Rice in Lagos markets in December of the same year. Initially sold during festive periods, a 50kg bag sold for N12, 000, while 25kg sold for N6, 000 and 10kg for N2000, although variables have since led to a change in price.

Asides making the rice available to reduce food scarcity and break the escalating price of polished rice, the state government also went a notch further to ensure even and fair distribution by signing a pact with distributors to ensure adequate transportation, distribution, and marketing of the rice.

While the just mentioned efforts at food security might be in the past, steps are presently being made by some state governments including Lagos and Akwa Ibom to increase food production.

The Lagos State government under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu recently acquired 84 hectares of land in Osogbo, Osun State. The lands are expected to be used for crop cultivation to meet the immediate food needs of residents.

Speaking on the acquisition, Gbolahan Lawal, Commissioner for Agriculture said that the farms would ensure food security for Lagosians.

“Lagos State with a population in excess of 21 million people and a daily influx of people from diverse places has a serious agricultural land constraint and being a coastal state, the available land for agriculture has been drastically reduced due to urbanisation.”

Lawal further explained that the farms will serve as the aggregation center for the State Government’s collaborative efforts with the DAWN States exporting produce to other states of the federation and foreign countries, adding that the Osogbo Farms would forestall the shortage of food as well as ensure food security for the ever-increasing population.

On its part, the Akwa Ibom State is also starting strategic farms to ensure food security for its residents. The state recently promised to provide 100 hectares of land for cooperatives and farmers for cultivation in each of the 31 local government areas of the state. Cumulatively, the government is expected to make available 3100 hectares of land for food crop cultivation.

The position was confirmed by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information, Charles Udo.

While the moves by states might be a step in the right direction, there have been fears raised about how effective and successful the project can be. There have also been questions concerning similar projects carried out earlier.

A Lagos State Agriculture Youth Empower Scheme Agric- YES with centers in Epe and Badagry originally meant to create jobs and food security became inactive years after it kicked off.

While the Epe center has been partially taken over by weeds, especially the greenhouses, the Badagry center which sits on a massive 167 hectares of land is in a better look, but is devoid of activities.

The collapse of the project was blamed on alleged mismanagement and embezzlement of funds by representatives of the state government as well as beneficiaries.

The Agric-YES programme started in 2009 and ran successfully till 2015 until stakeholders alleged a stoppage in the allocation of funds by the state government.

A three-phase initiative, it included a six-month intensive hands-on practical based training in aquaculture, poultry, vegetable farming, and beekeeping.

The next phase would naturally see the trainees being exposed to another six-month practical experience in aquaculture, poultry, vegetable farming and beekeeping in a commercial farm before they are permanently settled in a farm estate in various locations across the state.

While the Badagry center was modelled after the Songhai farming system in the Republic of Benin, the Epe Center was fashioned after the Israelis farming system.

Currently, both centers are a shadow of what they used to be. However, officials in the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture still consider them work in progress.

The new initiative by Lagos and Akwa Ibom state governments has however been described as a step in the right direction.

Otunba Oke Babafemi, the Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), described the moves by both Lagos and Akwa Ibom States to ensure food security as a good development.

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“Lagos State is trying very much. Immediately they identify anything having potentials they move in to take advantage of it. I can easily point out the partnership with Kebbi State which led to the production of Lake Rice. It is yielding good result and I do not doubt that the new collaborations in the area of crop production will be very fruitful.”

On the challenges likely to be faced in actualising the project, he said “Lagos State being the center of excellence, there is no way that some challenges will not come up, but definitely by the time the project starts proper, they will be easily identified and eliminated. For now, I don’t think there will be many challenges knowing that the project is just kicking off.”

Otunba Babafemi, however, agreed that transportation to move the products from the farm to the markets or distribution centers would be a major challenge, as most of the roads are now bad.

According to him, “transportation is a major challenge in the country, I don’t know if there is any place that does not have that challenge. However, thanks to the new government, they are trying to put up some new roads and those with potholes are being patched. We have to start somewhere.”

Advising the government, he asked that they work towards making adequate storage facilities available. “We could have some farm settlement where storage could be sited, especially those using solar energy so that we don’t rely on electricity.”

Mufutau Oyelekan, a practicing farmer in Lagos State who spoke with Saturday INDEPENDENT bares his thoughts on the project.

“I think this is a good action in the right direction if the purpose is to increase food production and to sustain food security in the country and Lagos State especially. It is not a new thing for Lagos State to acquire land from the Osun State Government. The state is already in partnership with Kebbi State and the result is the Lake Rice, so such partnerships should not stop existing because a lot of state governments do businesses with Lagos State. We don’t have what they have and they don’t have what we have in Lagos State. If they don’t have other resources or financial buoyancy in their state and they come to Lagos State to do business, nobody is stopping them. If we don’t have the land and we now go to Osun State to acquire land for food production, I don’t see anything that is bad in it.”

On the likelihood of the new project succeeding, Oyelekan said that there have been such projects in the past. According to him, “Things like this have happened in the past, and none of the projects have been a failure. We have acquired land in Osun State before now, but I think the land documentation was not perfected then. If they are asking for more acquisition of a larger expanse of land, I think it is a good thing in the right direction provided the executors are good executors because you know in Nigeria generally, although Lagos State proves an exceptional state in most things they do, they prove to be a state of excellence, and some of the executors are good. They are very active and sincere to some extent. So, seriously, I want to believe that the personnel and the Ministry of Agriculture in Lagos State today, especially the leadership of the government officials, I mean the Permanent Secretary Dr. Olayiwole Onasanya, he is a professional and he is up to the task. And I want to believe that anything he lays his hands on will be very successful. I want to believe that this project being embarked upon by the Lagos State government through the Ministry of Agriculture will be successful, and I will give them any support required of me as a practicing farmer in Lagos State and as a professional too.

 That is not to say that there wouldn’t be some challenges on the part of the executors or the staff of Lagos State. You know that all of us cannot be good executors when it comes to program execution, so let us give room for 30 per cent failure and 70 per cent success.”

Indeed, light in a very dark tunnel, the successful execution of both projects will, however, be dependent on the ability of the executors to articulate a clear vision towards achieving a hunger-free Nigeria.

And according to Dr. Oredipe, it will all be dependent on the ability to encourage an agricultural sector that grows income, accelerates food, generates employment and transforms the nation into a leading player in global food markets.

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