… As PAN seeks FG’s intervention to reduce feed meal price hike***
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says improving the quality of education for young people and creating job opportunities are some of the reasons that made him to join the 2023 Presidential race.
Osinbajo said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu, on Tuesday at his palace in Bauchi.
The vice president was in the state as part of his consultations with All Progressives Congress(APC) stakeholders, ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
“Our concern as a government has always been how to ensure that the common man is given a fair chance to be employed and to have a decent living which is why several of the projects that we have undertaken especially the Social Investment Programme, have been to better a lot of the people.
” But also, we have been concerned about young people; how we can improve not just the quality of the education of the young people but the opportunities for young people to get jobs, to be employed.
“This may also explain why I am running for president of this country in 2023.
“I have served as vice president to President Muhammadu Buhari for the past seven years and God helping me, I will serve out that term by May 2023,” he said.
Osinbajo added:” And in that capacity, as your royal highness will know, I have been exposed to governance at the highest level, thanks very much to the openness and transparency of the President and I have learnt a lot.”
The vice president said that he was able to acquire different leadership skills and garner more experiences while acting at various times as the president of the country.
According to him, one of the critical things that one recognises is that a diverse country such as Nigeria – different religions and ethnicities– the people have different desires but we must treat everybody with fairness and justice.
“I believe that this is one of the reasons why it is important for us to bear in mind that the unity of this country is very critical, there is no point trying to govern a country that is not united and of course securable.
“These are issues that are important which we are trying to deal with presently,” he said.
Osinabajo recalled that in his last visit to the place, he was in the state for the rural electrification project of communities in Ningi Local Government Area in 2019.
The vice president said a Shared Facility for groundnut oil producers as part of the MSMEs clinics was also established in the state.
Osinbajo added that Bauchi state was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the N-Power programme.
Earlier in his remark, Sulaimanu, thanked the vice president for the visit and wished him well in his pursuit.
“Let me share my delight on behalf of the emirate for this important visit; I believe you are in Bauchi for political activities but you still found time to visit me at this material time.
It shows the love you have for me and the people of Bauchi State.
“We believe that power belongs to God and he gives power to who he wishes to give; by virtue of our position, we are not politicians; we don’t participate in politics but we advise wisely for whatever will be for success.
“We pray that whatever you are doing here on Bauchi State will be fruitful.
“We wish you and your entourage a peaceful and pleasant stay in Bauchi; peaceful deliberations and a safe return back to Abuja,” he said.
In another development, the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State chapter, has urged the Federal Government to provide grains for feed production to ameliorate the rising costs of poultry feed meals.
The PAN chairman, Mr Godwin Egbebe, made the call in an interview with the newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.
According to him, to reduce the continuous rise in the price of poultry products, the government should intervene by providing grains to farmers as it did before.
“The way out in ensuring a fall in the cost of poultry production is by granting local poultry farmers access to grains for feed production.
“If the Central Bank of Nigeria’s intervention can be reintroduced into the sector it will go a long way to assist poultry farmers to access grains.
“The first intervention done in the year 2020 really cushioned the effect on the poultry sector as the grains are distributed evenly.
“However, the second intervention did not get to poultry farmers, hence, the high cost of grains and subsequent rise in the cost of poultry products,” he said.
Egbebe also said that the government should address insecurity which had reduced the cultivation of grain by crop farmers.
”Insecurity issue also is another malaise to access and increase on cost of grains in the market.
“We do not want to sound like a broken record but we want the issue of banditry to be addressed so that farmers can grow more grains.
“Crop farmers do not produce enough grains as they used to because of the fear of bandits.
“If security issues are tackled, it will aid the availability of grains and reduction of cost.
“We are in another planting season, so we need something to be done soon to get a reduction in the price of grain,” he stressed.
Another poultry farmer, Alhaji Shittu Asimi, said that the appropriate distribution of grains from the government’s intervention would help cushion the high costs of feed meal production.
Asimi said that recently the Federal Government decided to release 400,000 tons of maize from the national reserves.
“If these grains can get to the poultry farmers directly without interference as they did three years ago, it will help reduce the cost of feed meal.
“When it was distributed last time, some of us benefitted because it was distributed through the Ministry of Agriculture.
“It is better the government gives the grains to the farmers directly through the ministry,” he said.
The farmer also called for the lifting of the ban on the importation of maize and Soya which are major components of bird feed.
He noted that the government should allow the importation of grains to reduce the cost of feed meals in the poultry sector.
“What we are producing locally is not enough because we consume a lot of maize.
Human consumption, poultry and breweries use a lot of maize.
“If the government can allow the importation of maize, it will be more available, in circulation and the price will drop.
“If we are able to get feed meal ingredients at reasonable rates the cost of production will drop and subsequently the price of the produce,” he said.
Asimi further said that the call for intervention included Soya beans because farmers used a lot of the components in the production of bird feed.
He added that the price of Soyabeans would drop with those measures are taken and the farmers too would smile.