COVID-19: FG approves N13 billion for pest control in 12 northern states

COVID-19: FG approves N13 billion for pest control in 12 northern states

- The sum of N13 billion has been approved by the Nigerian government for pest control in 12 northern states

- The federal ministry of agriculture and rural development made the disclosure in a statement

- Muhammad Nanono, the minister of agriculture said the funds were approved to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s food sector

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The sum of N13 billion has been approved by the Nigerian government for pest control in 12 northern states.

The federal ministry of agriculture and rural development in a statement on Saturday, June 13, disclosed that the funds were approved to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s food sector, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

COVID-19: FG approves N13bn for pest control

The minister of agriculture said the funds were approved to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s food sector. Photo credits: VON
Source: UGC

Muhammad Nanono, the minister of agriculture said the 12 stated to benefit from the pest control intervention include:

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1. Bauchi

2. Gombe

3. Adamawa

4.Taraba

5. Yobe

6. Borno state

7. Sokoto

8. Kebbi

9. Zamfara

10. Katsina

11. Kano

12. Jigawa.

The minister stated that the pest control intervention is to enable 2020 farming season in the states to go uninterrupted.

He stated that the Buhari administration is determined to protect the agricultural sector from suffering harm.

Meanwhile, as Nigeria continues to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has on Thursday, June 11, pointed out that Nigeria can actually turn the situation into an economic victory.

This vice president disclosed this at the State House in Abuja after presenting post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Osinbajo led the Economic Sustainability Committee to submit the report entitled, "Bouncing Back: The Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan".

"We are confident that if the proposals are taken as a whole and implemented conscientiously, Nigeria will avert the worst of the impending economic headwinds, and convert this crisis to a victory for the Nigerian economy," he said.

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In another news, COVID-19 pandemic might cost 20 million Nigerians their jobs if it continues, Senate president, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has said.

The senator disclosed this in Abuja ahead of the first anniversary of the Ninth Senate.

Lawan also said that international politics is frustrating Nigeria’s efforts to acquire sophisticated weapons for the Armed Forces to fight insecurity.

He claimed that whenever the Nigerian government made requests to buy security equipment from some foreign countries, it would take longer time than expected before they were granted.

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