By: Ibrahim M.Malam-Goje
The Manager, Bauchi Technology Incubation Centre, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed, has lamented that entrepreneurs in the centre were incurring huge loses as a result of inadequacy of power supply.
Mohammed told the Newsmen in Bauchi that the transformer supplying electricity to the Centre and some offices in Bauchi, was vandalised six months ago, cutting off power supply
She said that problem was militating against the achievement of the objectives for which the centre was established.
According to her, some of the objectives of the centre include the commercialization of research and development and creation of jobs.
The manager appealed to the state government to come to its aid by fixing the transformer, to enable the entrepreneurs maximise their potentials.
Some of the entrepreneurs at the centre, who also spoke to newsmen, said the inadequacy of power supply, had affected business activities.
Malam Ahmed Abdullahi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AHABZ Nigeria Limited, specialist in the production of vegetable and soya beans oil, said that his major challenge was electricity.
Similarly, Malam Dalhatu Aliyu, the CEO of Prince Dab Production, said that finance and electricity were working against the stability and expansion of his business.
Alhaji Talle Garba, the CEO of Talle Agro-Allied Enterprise, said the inadequacy of electricity had cost him huge amount of revenue.
He explained that his firm produced animal feeds, adding that he produced three to four tonnes of feeds manually daily, with average revenue of N1.8 million monthly.
Contacted for his comments on the matter, Engr Ibrahim Zanna, the Business Manager of Bauchi Business Unit, Jos Electricity Distribution Company, acknowledged the vandalism of the facilities by hoodlums.
He said that more than seven transformers had been vandalised within Bauchi metropolis, adding that report had already been written to the head office in Jos on the issue, with a request for new transformer.
Zanna assured residents of the area affected by the black-out, that the problem would be addressed soon
Wheat farmers in Bauchi have formed a chapter of the Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria, electing officials to pilot its affairs.
Reports that the action is aimed at accessing the Federal Government incentives to boost production.
Representative of farmers from the 20 local government areas of the state elected Malam Mohammed Adamu as their President and Malam Ibrahim Barde as the secretary.
The elected officials are expected to pilot the affairs of the over 1,194 wheat farmers in the state for one year.
Inaugurating the officials, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, the Federal Director in the state, explained that establishing the state chapter of the association had become necessary as part of the Federal Government's plan to boost wheat farming in the country.
Yusuf noted that every year, more than one trillion is spent on importation of rice, wheat, sugar and fish, out of which more than N635 billion was spent on wheat importation alone.
He said that the Federal Government, through its Growth Enhancement Support scheme (GES), would support registered farmers with two bags of fertiliser at 50 per cent discount and 100 kg improved wheat seeds free of charge.
He said that out of the more than 1,194 wheat farmers registered in the state, only 800 would benefit in the pilot scheme as the remaining 394 had no valid GSM number.
Yusuf explained that establishing the association would help in monitoring the farmers, planning and other issues for the attainment of the set goals of the wheat value chain.
He urged the farmers to ensure that the inputs, when provided, were fully utilised to achieve maximum result.
In his acceptance speech, Adamu thanked the Federal Government for selecting the state to benefit from the wheat project.
He gave an assurance that the farmers would not disappoint the government with the inputs support and the more than 3,000 hectares of land dedicated to wheat cultivation alone.
He added that the association would bring all wheat farmers in the state together and organise them for a bountiful wheat production in the state.
By Ibrahim M.Malam Goje
The Bauchi State Cripple Association of Nigeria has appealed to governments at all levels and philanthropists to initiate empowerment programmes for disabled women in the country.
Yalwa Shuaibu, the chairperson of women wing of association, made the appeal in an interview with the Newsmen in Bauchi.
She said that the appeal was necessary to enable cripple women in the country to learn trades that could earn them incomes rather than street begging.
She said that empowering women, especially the physically challenged persons, would reduce their dependence on their family members.
According to her, some members have been trained by Challenge Your Disability Initiative (CYDI), an NGO, in skills such as “kampala” and beads making, among others.
She called on governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists to emulate Yuguda’s NGO and initiates such supports for cripple women.
The Alkaleri Futuk eighty Three kilometer road, has been commissioned by Gombe State Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.
Speaking at the event, the State Governor Malam Isa Yuguda, said the project was awarded to Sino Rich Fields, at the cost of Two Point Nine Billion Naira in 2008, as part of the Six Hundred kilometer of road projects constructed by his administration.
He re-assured of his administrations determination to provide more dividends of democracy to the people of the state based on available resources.
Speaking before he commission the road, Gombe State Governor Alh Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo called on the Federal Government to designate the road to a Federal highway and upgrade it to asphalt as well as re-imburse the Bauchi State Government.
He emphasized the importance of the road to the people of Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states as an alternative gateway to the three states.
The commissioning ceremony was merged with the flag-off of the construction of a street in Futuk town by the Acting Governor of Taraba state, Alhaji Garba Umar.
The Acting Governor commended Governor Yuguda for embarking on peoples’ oriented projects that would have positive impact on the lives of the people.
In his remark, the Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Suleman Adamu represented by the Emir of Ningi Alhaji Yunusa Muhammad Danyaya, commended the Yuguda administration for the construction of the road.