FG tasked on bet­ter fund­ing of agric sec­tor

Weekly Trust - - News - Dick­son S. Adama, Jos Emma Elekwa, Awka

The Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment has urged the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to im­prove its com­mit­ment to its agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment po­lices.

It also de­manded for bet­ter fund­ing to re­search in­sti­tutes un­der the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

Speak­ing dur­ing an over­sight visit to the Na­tional Vet­eri­nary Re­search In­sti­tute (NVRI) Vom,

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) has said that In­ci­dence Forms will not be used in the forth­com­ing Novem­ber 18 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion in Anam­bra State.

The State Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, made the re­mark in Awka at a one-day sen­si­ti­za­tion work­shop on elec­toral vi­o­lence or­ga­nized by the Anam­bra Broad­cast­ing Plateau State, the Chair­man of the com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Ab­dul­lahi Adamu, said the com­mit­tee was at the in­sti­tute to re­ceive re­ports of re­search in­sti­tutes for 2016 and 2017 ap­pro­pri­a­tion which must in­clude amount ap­pro­pri­ated to them. He said it is also for the ap­pli­ca­tion of the bud­get.

A mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Aliyu Sabi Ab­dul­lahi, said the is­sue of un­der-fund­ing is pa­thetic, and as if there was a de­lib­er­ate ploy to muz­zle re­search in­sti­tutes.

We won’t use in­ci­dence forms in Anam­bra elec­tion – INEC

Ser­vice, (ABS), the state Min­istry of Eco­nomic Plan­ning, Bud­get­ing and De­vel­op­ment and UNICEF.

He said smart card read­ers have been per­fected and only the Per­ma­nent Vot­ers Cards (PVCs) would be used.

Orji, rep­re­sented by the Head of the Depart­ment, Voter Ed­u­ca­tion, Leo Nked­ife, said the com­mis­sion has put up mea­sures, in­clud­ing dis­tinct bal­lot pa­per to fore­stall bal­lot pa­per di­ver­sion, or snatch­ing of bal­lot boxes.

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