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Ministry to distribute 26,000 tonnes of hybrid rice to rural women



The Ministry of Women Affairs is to distribute 26,000 tonnes of hybrid rice to rural women to cut down the cost of rice, boost food production and food security.


Mrs Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Minister of Women Affairs, made this known, while briefing newsmen ahead of the 2023 International Day for Rural Women celebrated every Oct. 15.


” A Chinese company donated 26,000 tonnes of hybrid rice to the ministry,” she said.

She called on all women to support the farmers with tools to reduce the labour burden of rural women as that will help them to have more farm produce.

The minister also noted that First Lady Remi Tinubu will share mechanised farming tools worth 151 million to rural women.

Earlier, Mr Mohammed Idris, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry said the event marks a significant day for rural women worldwide as it helps to showcase the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agriculture and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

“Available evidence points to the fact that in the world over, women play a vital role in the rural economy.

”They are involved in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and carry out other activities to diversify their family’s livelihoods.

”Rural women are active agents of economic, social change and environmental protection”.

Idris, further sympathised with rural women and their families whose lives and properties were affected by flood and armed conflict in different parts of the country.

Also, Ms Beatrice Eyong, UN Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, reiterated the commitment of the world body to addressing challenges affecting women, especially the rural women.

“We are working on our Climate smart agriculture that is digitally assisted.

” We want to make sure that issues about environment, low productivity, low soil productivity are handled in such a way that production and production goes up.”

On her part, Hajiya Lami Adamu-Lau, National President of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) called on the ministry to ensure judicious distribution to the rural women.

NAN reports that it was suggested that Oct. 15 be celebrated as “World Rural Women’s Day,”

“World Rural Women’s Day” has been celebrated, primarily by civil society, across the world for over a decade.

NAN reports that the theme is “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All”.

This day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/138 of Dec. 18 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

The idea of honouring rural women with a special day was put forward by international NGOs at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.


Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer



The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.


According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.


Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Junior Pope betrayed me repeatedly – Yul Edochie



Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has claimed that his late colleague, Junior Pope, betrayed him repeatedly despite his being there for him in his times of need.


According to Edochie, it was the reason he shunned the late actor’s burial in Enugu State on Friday.


He said he wanted to wait till after Junior Pope’s burial before he reveal how the late actor betrayed him.

He promised the full story of how Junior Pope betrayed him soon.

On his Instagram story, Edochie wrote: “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since.

“I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back repeatedly. That’s life!

“I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it.

“Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

Recall that Junior Pope died on April 10, 2024, alongside three others after their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

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