The Nigerian Army has pledged to guarantee the safety of farmers in Borno, to enhance the production of paddy rice and other food crops.
Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement issued on Thursday in Maiduguri, quoted Brig. Gen. Bulama Biu, the Acting General Commanding Officer (GOC), 7 Division, Maiduguri as making the pledge when members of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) paid him a courtesy visit in Maiduguri.
The statement quoted Biu as saying that the army would provide security to farmers to enable them cultivate their farmlands and ensure their safety to encourage agricultural activities.
Biu noted that rice farmers were critical partners in ensuring food security for sustainable social and economic development in the country.
He tasked farmers to be law-abiding and ensure that they followed due-process in the discharge of their business.
In his remarks, Alhaji Bulama Mohammed, the chairman of the association, lauded the military over the successes recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign in the northeast.
Mohammad sought the support of the military to ease movement of the produce to the market.
Group Seeks Compensation For Building Collapse Victims In Lagos, Oyo
Advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for investigation into circumstances surrounding buildings collapse incidents in Lagos and Oyo states last week.
SERAP said the two states should take immediate steps to investigate the latest incidents and bring to justice complicit developers and contractors.
SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, says the group is ready to offer free legal services to affected families.
Building Collapse: Lagos Demolishes 13 Buildings
Five more buildings in Lagos Island have been brought down by the Lagos state government, bringing the number of demolished buildings to thirteen.
Lagos state building control agency embarked on this demolition on Friday to prevent another disaster after Wednesday’s collapsed building incident in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island.
Twenty persons were killed; forty-five others were injured when a four-storey building, housing a school at its top floor, collapsed. Most of the dead were children.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye described the exercise as a holistic response to the challenges posed by derelict structures and unapproved schools.
The government has taken over the site of the collapsed Massey street building.
Government officials say the ministry had identified 149 distressed and defective buildings, of which 40 have been demolished.
10 Killed In Attack On Kaduna Community
Ten persons have been killed in a fresh attack in Nandu community in Kaduna State.
Chairman Sanga local government council, Charles Danladi, says the attack happened in Nandu village in which eleven houses were burnt.
This is happening at a time when the state struggles to contain repeated attacks in Kajuru local government area of the state for two months now.
Dozens of civilians have been killed there in communal violence believed to be between the Adara people and their Fulani neighbours.
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