The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has raised an alarm over a fake empowerment form that was claimed to have emanated from the ministry.
The ministry in its warning to the members of the public said that it did not issue any empowerment form to access fund for Agribusiness as is being currently circulated.
The clarification from the ministry is contained in a statement that it issued on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, through a tweet post on its official Twitter handle.
While describing it as a scam, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that in line with the policy of the ministry, such empowerment programme will always be made public on the ministry’s website and across social media platforms of the ministry.
The Ministry in its statement said, ‘’The attention of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been drawn to a fake empowerment form from the ministry. This is to notify members of the public that the ministry did not issue an empowerment form to access fund for Agribusiness as being currently circulated. It is a scam.
‘’In line with the policy of the ministry, such empowerment programme will always be made public on the ministry website and across social media platforms of the ministry. Be careful. Thank you!!!’’
What you should know
- The Federal Government had in recent times been forced to warn the general public against the activities of some fraudsters, who are out to take advantage of the different government’s empowerment schemes to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.
- In January, the government had to warn members of the public, who wish to apply for the MSME Survival Fund to beware of fraudulent websites demanding account details before giving applicants N50,000.
DISCLAIMER: The attention of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been drawn to a FAKE EMPOWERMENT FORM from the Ministry.
This is to notify members of the public that the Ministry did not issue an Empowerment Form to access fund for Agribusiness…1/2 pic.twitter.com/1ci8J5Grfb
— Fed Min of Agric/RD (@FmardNg) February 10, 2021
School kidnappings: Military and the Police will continue to go after kidnappers – Buhari
The President has assured Nigerians that the military and the police will continue to go after kidnappers.
President Muhammadu Buhari stated that the Federal Government is working hard to bring an end to the recent incident of mass school kidnappings in Northwestern Nigeria and urges the Military and the Police will continue to go after kidnappers.
The President disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday morning , reacting to news of the release of schoolgirls kidnapped in Zamfara State.
“I join the affected families and the people of Zamfara State in welcoming and celebrating the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe.
“This news bring overwhelming joy. I am pleased that their ordeal has come to a happy end without any incident,” Buhari said.
Buhari added that the FG needs the support of local communities to bring an end to school kidnappings by terrorists, and urges the authorities to keep going after them.
“We are working hard to bring an end to these grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping. The Military and the Police will continue to go after kidnappers. They need the support of local communities in terms of human intelligence that can help nip criminal plans in the bud,” he said.
What you should know
- Nairametrics reported today that The Governor of Zamfara State, Dr. Bello Matawalle stated the kidnapped schoolgirls of the Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, have been released after being kidnapped last week.
US supports appointment of new service chiefs, affirms close ties with Nigeria
The US Government has endorsed President Buhari’s appointment of ex-military service chiefs.
The United States Government has expressed its support for the recent appointment of military service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The new appointments are expected to bring new approaches to combating terrorism in the northeast and provide national security across the country.
According to a statement signed by the spokesperson for the US Department of States, Ned Price, this disclosure was made by the new US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, during a phone call conversation with Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday, March 1, 2021.
He also acknowledged the threats that violent extremists posed to Nigeria and regional security as a whole.
While highlighting the importance that the United States placed on its relationship with Nigeria, Secretary Blinken outlined a holistic approach to the US-Nigeria partnership based on their shared values of democracy, respect for human rights and robust people-to-people relations.
The statement said that as part of efforts to ensure a good relationship with Nigeria, Blinken referred to President Biden’s revocation of immigrant visa restrictions on Nigeria as an affirmation of the close ties between Americans and Nigerians.
He also reiterated the support of the United States for Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Talking about the conversation with his US counterpart, Geoffrey Onyema expressed his delight at the discussion which covered a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues.
He said, “Very glad to re-engage, through a very nice phone call with US Secretary of State, Secretary Blinken. We covered a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues and look forward to increased cooperation.”
On his part, Secretary Blinken said, “Delighted to speak with Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyema. We deeply value our bilateral relationship with Nigeria and look forward to rejuvenating our partnership based on shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, and robust people-to-people relations.”
What this means
This appears to be a renewed partnership and bilateral relationship between the United States and Nigeria, which seemed to have suffered some setbacks during the Trump administration.
This was clearly evident in visa restrictions on Nigeria and the refusal of the last US administration to support the confirmation of Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of the WTO despite the unanimous support of member states.
Very glad to re-engage, through a very nice phonecall, with US Secretary of State, @SecBlinken. We covered a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues and look forward to increased cooperation. 🇳🇬🇺🇸 @USinNigeria @StateDept
— Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama) March 1, 2021
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