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Agro Mobile App launched by NISS 



IDRIS Khalid

The Nigeria Institute of Soil Science NISS, conducted a one-day Workshop for farmers and agricultural extension agents from the North East zone on the introduction and use of NISSAGRO, a mobile app developed by the Institute.

Speaking during the event in Bauchi, the North East Coordinator of the Institute, Professor Saminu Abdulrahman Ibrahim disclosed that as part of Nigeria Institute of Soil Science’s (NISS) mandate of regulating the profession of Soil Science in Nigeria, the Institute developed and implemented the AGRO Mobile App in April 2022.

According to him, “NISS AGRO is a mobile and web application that provides services for Soil Scientist, Farmers, Extension agents, Researchers and Federal and State Government officials. The online and offline application is a one-stop shop application for Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) to collect data, proffer solutions for research purposes.”

He said the primary purpose is to promote registered soil scientists’ services and foster farmers, extension workers, researchers, agro-dealers and other stakeholders on the good agricultural practices, fertilizer recommendation and technology needed in improving soil and food production in each locality in Nigeria.

“The project goal includes adequate sharing of soil information, agriculture research publications, and frequent engagement of farmers and access to Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) services all over Nigeria.”

“The application is deployed on mobile and web platforms. Soil scientists, farmers and stakeholders will have full access to download the application from respective online stores.”

“The APP can be searched on Google Play Store by typing “NissAgro Application” and it will be installed automatically on the device, after which the user can login and register. Every user will register the same way except for Registered Soil Scientists who will be required to add their RSS registration ID.”

Professor Saminu also recalled that NISS had last week submitted to the State Ministries of Agriculture the Soil Policy draft that has been developed for the country for which the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Develipment, FMARD through the Institute requires the inputs of all stakeholders in the enterprise.

In a goodwill message, the Program Manager of the Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme (BSADP), Alhaji Abubakar Jafaru Ilelah observed that the new application which is multi-purpose in nature when in use, would have one in touch support on soils, crops, products, markets, scientists, agricultural extension agents, among others.

He expressed the belief that using the new application would solve the vacancy existing between farmer extension ratio in all the states of the federation, and commended NISS for the efforts for coming up with the new application geared towards promoting agricultural production and marketing.

On his part, the Bauchi state commissioner of agriculture, Barrister Jidauna Tula, represented by Alhaji Yakubu Jibrin Abdullahi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, has expressed delight with the recent presentation of soil testing kits by the Nigerian Institute of Soil Science (NISS) to the State, which he noted, would go a long way in boosting commercial agriculture in the state.

He noted that today, farming has moved from its traditional method of subsistence to commercial with a spur to drastically enhance crops production to ensure food security for the country.

Tula further stressed the need for farmers to know the status of soil they want to use for crop production. “It is very important for farmers to know the status of soil they want to use, especially the soil reaction, as the acidity or alkalinity of the soil may impact on the availability of nutrients. Crops need the presence and availability of nutrients in order to grow well, and farmers are after yields and maximum production”, he said.

According to him, if the soil is properly studied, the farmer would know when to plant crops and on a particular kind of soil, and commended NISS for its continued partnership with the Northeast geo-political zone and Bauchi in particular in the quest to boost agricultural production generally.

Barrister Jidauna Tula therefore assured the Institute that Bauchi State would do its best in making inputs towards getting a more comprehensive Soil Management Policy that would go a long way in helping not only the Northeast farmers, but entire farmers of the country.

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ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary



The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.



President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

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Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara



Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

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