CBN, Kaduna Offer N5 Billion Loan To Ginger Farmers

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa'i
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i

From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
The Kaduna State Government is in a collaborative effort with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to enable ginger farmers in the state access a N5 Billion loan to boost ginger farming this year.
This cheery news was made Known at the weekend at Kwoi, Jaba Local Government Area of by Governor Ahmed Nasir EL-Rufai while making remarks, during the 2016 edition of Tuk Ham Cultural Festival, held at Ngarshan play ground Kwoi.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Arc. Barnabas Bala Bantex, Governor EL-Rufai said it was in recognition of the importance and uniqueness of the Ham Culture and the ginger crop, considered to be the best in the world, that his administration had gone to collaborate with the CBN to provide the loan.
When the loan is properly utilized as intended, ginger farmers, the state and the country will be empowered economically as the crop is in great demand across the globe.
Aside re-designing the State Logo to include the Nok terracotta as recognition of the importance of Nok Culture, the governor said efforts were on to go into partnership with public and private sectors to boost tourism in the State, Nok tourism sites inclusive.
The governor re-iterated the resolve of his administration to prosecute the positive change reforms agenda, to restore the lost glory of the state. Therefore, he implored on all citizens to contribute their quota through prayers, support, tolerance, peaceful co-existence, patience and useful advice, to guarantee success.
To involve citizens to participate in governance as enshrined in the constitution, Governor El-Rufai said apart from monthly briefing of the activities of every ministry and parastatals, town hall meetings were being held by him in each senatorial zone, with Local Government Chairmen doing same in their wards, adding that a more robust means of interaction is being planned, in which citizens will use an application to track the budget implementation through their handsets, and be able to trace project sites to ascertain genuineness and quality of jobs carried out.
The governor denied insinuations that the proposed review of the 1984 religious law was meant to hinder people from free practice of their faith as enshrined in the Constitution but was intended to stop abuse of religion by those who use it to create hatred, violence and insecurity.
Tracing the history of ethno-religious crises in the State and in Northern Nigeria, which has claimed many lives, property and responsible for under development of the region, Kaduna State to take advantage of the public hearing, being organised by the State Assembly to make their imputes on the bill.
While admonishing citizens to shun rumour peddling, which is evil, the deputy governor used the occasion to debunk rumours making the rounds, especially in the social media, that there was a rift between him and Governor El-Rufai, stressing that the friendship and cordial relationship between them has grown over engagement in physical fight.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Marthin Luther Agwai , who hails from Ham Land, welcomed all to the cultural festival which seeks to appreciate God for existing peace, blessings, make new friends, explore new areas of tourism and other economic opportunities.
He enjoined Nigerians, especially people of Kaduna State to keep to the faith, focus on the blessings of God and work harder towards the common goal of having a vibrant economy, strong and effective political governance, with which, true change will surely come.
While calling on citizens to be committed to building and sustaining peace, Gen Agwai said, “We must collectively walk along the path of peace because it is the strongest tool that binds people together. We should spread it and share it with others.”
According to him, “poor is he who does not have peace. Poorer is he who does not need peace and poorest is he who does not want to hear people talking about Peace”.
He justified true and friendship, which he said is about understanding, just advice, reading assistance, courageous defence, forgiveness.
Gen. Agwai admonished the youth to cultivate high moral, civic and ethical standards by respecting elders and constituted authority, so as to attract Gods protection, long life, wisdom and prosperity.
Giving his royal blessings, His Highness the Kpop Ham, Dr. Danladi Gyet Maude, said Tuk Ham festival was an age-long international one, celebrated annually to offer thanks to God for his goodness and mercies, socialize and plan future communal activities; however it was suspended for six years due to insecurity in the Country, especially in Southern Kaduna.
According to the Kpop Ham, last year, he led his people instead of celebrating the festival, to commiserate with the people of Kaura Local Government, where they donated food items, clothing, building materials and cash to assist victims of violence, which he said was a demonstration of love, compassion and friendship, Ham community was known for.
Tracing the historic contributions of the Nok Culture to the Country and the world, which dates back to 500 BC, the Royal Father requested the United Nations, through UNESCO to declare a “World Heritage site in Nok and disclosed that the community has set up a planning committee towards launching a Ham Development Trust Fund, which will seek donations in all Countries of the World.
The Kpop Ham appealed to the Kaduna State Government to urgently construct a good road to Nok and Ham land in general. He also requested the Federal Government to construct a befitting Museum in Nok, for the housing, showcasing and preservation of artefacts that were exhumed there, and return of Nok in the said Museum.
Announcing that God’s willing, next year Tuk Ham, Jaba Chiefdom will be celebrating 350 years of existence, the Kpop Ham reminded members of his community of their resilience, courage, creativity, productivity, dignity, self-worth and cultivation of “divine green gold”, ginger, the best and needed globally, which they should prayerfully uphold jealously.
The royal father restated his congratulation to both President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai for their victory last year in the nation’s general elections, which was out judged to be peaceful, transparent and credible, which he said was a demonstration of the wish of Nigerians to have a dynamic, purposeful leadership that will provide sound social-economic programmes, accountability, good governance and development.
The occasion featured cultural songs, dances and displays within and outside the community. Dignitaries who graced the occasion included ambassadors, high commissioners and senior diplomats from Algeria, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Norway, Rwanda, Venezuela, who were led by Ambassador Bulus Lolo, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abuja.
The festival, which also featured the crowing of Miss Mary Monday Tuk Ham by Senator Danjuma La’ah Tella, Ambassador Nuhu Audu Bajoga, former Deputy Governor Kaduna State, former Chief of Naval staff-Rear Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim Iko, Hon. Gideon Samani, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters who represented the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engineer-Chief Babachir David Lawal, Hon. John Audu Kwaturu-Deputy Speaker Kaduna State, Hon. Obadia Bako wheats, Member Kaduna State House of Assembly Jaba Constituency and traditional rulers within and outside the state, amongst others.

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