Officials in Niger announce agricultural fund for youths

From from Mathew Jwantu, Minna.

Niger State government has accessed N1.5billion Nigeria fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme for 2018 to boost the production of rice, maize and soybeans.

Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries, Alhaji Haruna Dukku on Thursday told journalists in Minna that no fewer than 10,000 youths from ages 18 to 35 years will benefit from the fund.

Dukku reaffirmed the state's government determination to give agriculture the desired priority in the state through its "agriculture transformation" agenda.

He added that 45 years old abandoned Rice Mill in Bida will equally be revived.

Niger State has witnessed series of attacks by armed bandits, largely attributed to poverty and unemployment.

Last Wednesday, seventeen Vigilante members in the state have were killed in an ambush by the bandits.

An eye witness told our Correspondent that the bandits numbering over one hundred and twenty rode on forty motorcycles during the operation.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy Alh Muhammmad Sani Idris who confirmed the incident said government had taken measures to curb further attacks.

Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Mohammed Sani Musa condemned the attack but urged securities not to relent in fighting to restore peace in the state.