BOLAJI BABAOLA, AN ICON

BABALOLA Mofoluso Bolaji, a rich young ruler was born on April 22nd as the second male child of his parents. He attended St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Basorun, Ibadan for his secondary education and then The Polytechnic, Ibadan for his National and Higher National Diploma in Mass Communication. Her served as a NYSC corp in Delta State, where he worked hard to give hope to students in the local community as well as brought about development in the community by inviting a commercial bank to establish a branch in the community. Today, one of his students during his National Youth and Service Corp (NYSC) programme is a graduate of UNIBEN.

Pastor Beejay!, as popularly called, is the Pastor in charge of Triumphant Assembly Rock City Centre, a branch of Triumphant Assembly worldwide, Word Ablaze Mission International. He is a passionate speaker and sound preacher of the Gospel, giving hope to lives through the preaching, understandable teaching and godly demonstration of the word of Faith. He is a true lover of God, a worshipper and a giver of all. Through the years of his ministry, he has been able to train boys to men and accommodated people, he has also helped several people build their businesses and dreams. He is a true man of God, who is committed to the ministry.

Bolaji M. Babalola is the CEO. Clearimage, a company involved in communication, magazine, etc. He is also the Team Lead of an online academy LB360; a school for leadership, career and business relationship training. He has different platforms in which he uses to influence lives eg. Ignite you passion, The Advantage, Battle for Business Boom, etc. He has spoken in different seminal on developmental topics. He is a business and strategy planner, a coach and project supervisor in related areas.

BB, as called by his wife, is married to Babalola, Olawumi Olubanke; a young beautiful woman. They currently have a beautiful small girl, Babalola, Oluwalonimi April.

AMSTERDAM


The hand writing on the wall
Clearly enough, ADEBAYO.
In this land you have toiled,
winning all turns standing tall
Your works have won,
not luck.

The guru Don different from
every all
Adebayo, with this your hand
You became best among rest
Even he sitting in rose petals nest

The works of thy hands
and words of your mouth
show you have walked alone
in scary nights
digging honey from rock
using a heavy axe
Your works have won, not luck
Success is not for lame mind

Your light started with a spark
Now bright in the sky
Giving hope to us now, that;
If Kolawole can work hard, I will work hard
If Adebayo can make it, I can make it.
Dedicated to Prof. Kolawole Adebayo (B.Agric, M.Agric, PhD)
Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
©DAMILOLA2016

A LADY, MY LOVE, THE TWINS

In the light of the beauty that covered your eyes
Like the veil of the bride
Coming from the sky
Shinning bracelet of your hands.
Yous are beautiful?
It yours birthday?
……..I need not repeat the voice of those parrot songs.

The tunnel left……,
you’re the light!
Sorry it’s your birthday
Not the day I bath with rain

Lady Twin
Yes, your beauty light
That I thought and talk no fault
Fills my heart that dotes on you
Waiting the dot of 16Aprils
My love ethos waiting on you still
My Firstlady home calling waiting

My Love Twin
Two you are born
some years long gone
A work of his loins and your mum
Together, pretty you come
You, my bone?
I never slept but your love pelt
It’s your birthday still
No man can vent for what she felt
I do love her and want her
Even Jesus loves her
Let no one hold me for that
My Firstlady never worry

Happy Birthday
I shout loud and crow
Dancing round your hands
Clapping to the sound
Of the chiming of the bells
Happy Birthday
To the twins on high for life
Dedicated to Taiwo Ibukunoluwa & Omokehinde Ireoluwa ARILE
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THE ARILE TWINS

OMOTAIWO

Taiyelolu ejire
Okan nba bi
Eji lo wole tomi
Ejire ara isokun
O be wole alakisa
O so alakisa doligba aso

Taiyelolu
The forunner of Omokehinde
You open the door for yours to come
With your beautiful hand
Taiyelolu the very first

Taiyelolu
The emblem of a twin,
that win and reign.
You’re a symbol of gold
most cherished of treasures
Omotaiwo, the gem

Taiyelolu
I have heard little but more
of your beauty and story I adore.
And I’m waiting for the day
when my aim shall be,
my eyes shall see,
my ears shall hear
and my hands shall touch;
all that is beautiful,
all that is sweet
and all that is smooth
in the beautiful OMOTAIWO

Taiyelolu,
I am a lover and friend
waiting to the end
to see you big and great.
And in all you do also,
remember me a boy,
waiting to see you come inheart of love
and become full of virtue.

Taiyelolu,
I am OLUWADAMILOLA
The lover boy
For when you found me;
U FOUND LOVE!

Dedicated to Miss Taiwo Ibukunoluwa Beulah Deola ARILE
©DAMILOLA2015

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OMOKEHINDE
You came out last
And left the pot unbroken
For others to come again
Omokehinde

Glaring at your small face
Radiating the beauty within thy far heart
With no stairs in sight
Nor bridge to climb
I wonder who then gets in

Listening to your story time
Of works of thy faithful hands
And walks of thy trimy legs
Why I love sitting before thee
Are found in your moonlight tales

I met you when you have a few time to stay
But I’ll keep you as long as the day
And I pray that thy way be free as rain
And your light never break

Though I want you here
But I leave you to go in His Mighty steps
To he good enough
to pay your bride price
and care for you as I hope
In full love and joy.

Omokehinde
Move into the glory ahead
I vote you for a future bright
But in all you do
Always remember that a boy is here
waiting in love to see you great.
Report all thy greatness
That I might merry in it.
Omokehinde pearly jewel.
Dedicated to Miss Bola Kehinde Hephzibah Ireoluwa ARILE
©DAMILOLA2015

Nigeria ‘II Attain Food Sufficiency In 3 Years – FG

Omoniyi Oluwatosin
The minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh yesterday in Abuja said that the nation would in 36 months attain self-sufficiency in major agricultural products such as rice, sorghum, maize, millet, soya beans and wheat.
He said this would aid the nation’s resolve to wean itself from oil by achieving import substitution and stabilizing the economy as well as reducing the high import bill generated on food items.
The minister made the assertion at the ‘National workshop on developing a rapid action for quality seed production’ and the presentation of the ‘alliance for a seed industry in West Africa’ (ASIWA) organized by the National Agricultural Seeds Council, (NASC).
The minister said the FG would support the growth of the seed industry to produce high quality seeds which in turn will lead to the production of quality grains.
‘’This is of integral importance for food security, job creation and prosperity of the economy. The production of these quality products will help reduce importation and the demand for huge foreign exchange required for food importation.’’
The director general of NASC, Dr Philip Ojo, in his remarks emphasized the need for a viable seed sector to boost the nation’s economy adding that in order to attain the effort in diversification, the council had been mandated to come up with strategies that will ensure that good quality seeds are made available to farmers.
‘‘Our roles as seed industry stakeholders is very crucial because it is the fulcrum for the achievement of national seed requirement that currently stand at over 350,000 MT of which only about 123,000 MT is available as at 2015. This means that we must now double our already doubled efforts if we are to achieve this target. It means this is a term for a quadruple effort.’’ A representative of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD), Dr. Ernest Assah Asiedu, in a goodwill message commended Nigeria for its leading role in the seed sector in the West and Central African sub-region.
According to Asiedu, in 2016, out of the 114,000 tons of rice supplied by West Africa, Nigeria supplied 90,000 tons (79%).

Source: leadership.ng/news/517048/nigeria-ii-attain-food-sufficiency-3-years-fg

FG Urged To Communicate Directly With Farmers

By Ruth Tene Natsa
An agriculture economist, Dr Thaddaeus
Thompson, has called on the federal government to directly communicate policies with farmers as the country gears up for the diversification of its economy through agriculture.
He made the call in the light of the ignorance about government policies on agriculture by most farmers who have no idea of the direction of policies that concerns them.
Thompson said that the government should descend to the level of the farmers in the various value chain so that they can understand and key into what the policies intend to achieve on food sufficiency and security.
He said, “However, to arrive at lasting solutions, the problems must be researched, identified, resolved, and evaluated. With this fact, the role of producers and farmers in Africa, particularly Nigeria, must be paramount and placed at the beginning of discussions involving the path to a lasting solution in food-sufficiency. Why are producers and farmers ignored in the process of identifying the problems they face? Rather than communicating with local farmers, the communication about the farmer’s plight is discussed in conference rooms in America and Europe.
“First, the geographic conditions in Miami are different from that of Maiduguri. How do you expect the Miami-based farmer to better understand the conditions facing the Maiduguri farmer? The point here is not to undermine the resourceful insights from beyond the borders of Nigeria; it is to emphasise the importance of involving the voice of the locals that are vested with producing food for the nation.”
He also decried the poor maintenance culture of government assets in the past, particularly farm machines, and therefore charged government and farmers to be conscious in managing farm machines for optimal food production.
“Tractors were shipped in mass to underdeveloped countries in the 1970s, paid by taxpayers, home and abroad. Most of them ran the farms for just a few months until they had exhausted their lubricants, gasoline, and parts, and were abandoned. In advanced countries farmers are able to maintain a tractor for three-four generations,” he said.

Source: leadership.ng/news/517521/fg-urged-communicate-directly-farmers

Loss Of Valuable Seeds Bane Of Agric In Northern Nigeria – Don

By Muazu Elazeh
A Federal University Dutsinma (FUDMA)
don, Professor Ojonigu Friday Ati, has advocated for the use of satellite technology to monitor the onset of rainy/planting season in the sudano-sahelian region to avoid loss of valuable seeds due to false starts.
Delivering an inaugural lecture titled “Climate Change: Fact, Fiction and Faction” at the FUDMA, Ati said that the bane of agriculture in northern Nigeria is the loss of valuable seeds due to ‘false starts’ in the rainy season.
He said that ‘false starts’ which is a succession of isolated showers of uncertain intensity with intermittent dry periods “dries out the top soil and prevents the germination or emergence of plants. The farmer rushes out with these early rains, plants the scarce seeds, only to be followed by a period of weeks without rain which causes the seeds to wither.”
Ati insisted that the ability to effectively predict the onset of the rainy season is of paramount importance to the farmer in the zone and noted that such may be achieved through real-time weather advisory to the farmer. He hinted that “empirical and scientific methods have been proposed by many researchers for determining the onset of the rainy season.
“With the advent of satellite remote sensing, various parameters of the atmosphere can be monitored to give effective and accurate weather advisory and forecast to the farmers,” he said.

Source: leadership.ng/news/517531/loss-valuable-seeds-bane-agric-northern-nigeria-don

15 000 Farmers, Agric Experts Expected At Agritech Expo, Zambia

By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani
Zambia’s President, Mr Edgar Lungu and the Zambian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Mr Given Lubinda, are expected to join some 15000 emerging to commercial farmers at the third Agritech Expo Zambia More than 145 local and international farming technology and service providers will showcase their products in what is the largest agri-event of its kind in the region.
The expo includes a German, Zimbabwean and livestock pavilion. Zambia’s Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Given Lubinda said “We must commend the Zambia National Farmers’ Union for coming up with events like the Agritech Expo where farmers can meet, share experiences and information, as well as learn good agronomy tactics that can help them improve productivity.
He said “we need to increase productivity in agriculture, especially among small scale farmers. The vast majority of them produce between one and 2.5 metric tonnes of maize per hectare yet they have access to seeds that have a yield potential of over 10 metric tonnes per hectare. This is why small scale farmers are still trapped in poverty.”
Zambia National Farmers Union President,
owners of Agritech Expo Zambia Dr Evelyn Nguleka, , says news features at the event this year includes an “Energy Park, designed to offer you innovation and cleaner energy solutions to help you wipe away your electricity outage blues and the ever increasing costs of energy. Our extended Livestock Zone is another must-see area, for you definitely need the right stock genetics and technologies to survive climate change-induced vagaries of weather.”

Source: leadership.ng/news/517534/15-000-farmers-agric-experts-expected-agritech-expo-zambia

Nigerians, Investors Await Agric Dividends This Year

By OLUSHOLA BELLO
If one want to see an image of what a sector looks like in the economy, visit the capital market. Leadership’s visit to the capital market shows that the agriculture sector is hardly profitable for now and without any form of dividend.
For quoted companies like Livestock Feeds Plc, profit dwindled in 2015 from N402.15 billion in 2014 to N300.115 billion in 2015, of course no dividend was paid. For Okomu Oil Plc, although profits rose from N1.90 billion in 2014 to N2.9 billion in 2015, the shareholders of the company went home downcast.
The situation has not been too different for the agriculture sector of the country. The sector used to pay dividend to Nigerians in the 1970s. It’s earning subdued the dollar to a lesser position, the pounds sterling was almost at par with the naira, farmers were king, but the advent of crude oil stole the show and Nigeria has not been better for it.
But Audi Ogbe, Agriculture Minister said he is taking the sector to its past glory where it will pay dividend to investors and Nigerians generally.
With the waning price of oil, pressure to find other sources of revenue for government spending as well as stabilising the economy from future external shocks has led to diversifying the economy from oil to agriculture. The sector on the Nigerian Stock Exchange is not well presented considering that the NSE is the barometer of the economy.
A report by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), shows that Agriculture accounts for roughly 41 per cent of Gross Domestic Product, GDP, in Nigeria and 50 per cent of the economically active population in the country. There are currently five companies listed in the Agriculture Sector of the NSE and this sector accounts for N69.9 billion out of the total Market Capitalization of N8.475 trillion as at April 11, 2016, representing 0.43 percent of the total market capitalization. The companies are FTN Cocoa, Okomu Oil, Presco, Ellah Lake and Livestock Feed. Okomu Oil and Presco are the most
performing stock trading at N31.25, N34.60 with year to date growth of 3.14 per cent and 4.85 per cent, respectively. FTN Cocoa trading at its nominal value of 50 kobo, Ellah Lake is selling at N4.26 and Livestock at 94kobo per share as at April 11, 2016.
Agriculture has remained subsistent because financing needs for agriculture is quite substantial and it cannot be met through the money market, but this can be met with long capital sourced from the stock exchange, either through equity or bond market.
Recently the CEO of NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema at the Presco Fact Behind the Figure, said, the capital market holds the ace for the Agricultural Sector to take its prime place in the Nigerian economy, saying, “The Nigerian Stock Exchange is the right platform to raise capital towards the growth and expansion of this sector”.

Source: leadership.ng/news/517535/nigerians-investors-await-agric-dividends-year

Africa Makes Great Strides Towards Zero Hunger, Despite Hurdles-FAO

By Ruth Tene Natsa
The Director General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva said Africa has made great strides in tackling hunger – and achieving a 30 percent drop in the proportion of its people facing hunger over the 1990-2015 period He however said climate change, conflict and social inequality continue to present major challenges in the continent’s quest for a future free from hunger and want, According from Abuja to him”Africa’s economic performance remains robust with growth rates above the global average.
However, vulnerability to climate change is high, post-harvest losses are considerable, natural resources are being depleted, and not everyone is benefiting from the proceeds of the current strong economic growth.
Access to remunerative income, social protection systems and decent employment opportunities remain narrow for too many rural households. He was speaking at the official opening of the FAO’ Regional Conference for Africa, in Abidjan with the participation of the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan and the Minister of State for Agriculture , Nigeria. Graziano da Silva urged participants to continue to work together to harness the power of the food and agriculture sector as a catalyst for inclusive growth, poverty reduction and fighting hunger, saying: “Inspite of the many hurdles along the way, today I urge you to look at how far we have come in the journey to end hunger in our lifetimes.”
The conference’s theme ‘’Transforming African Agri-food systems for inclusive growth and shared prosperity” mirrors the vision of the African Union and its NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency to realise a renewed vision for Africa’s agriculture sector.

Source: leadership.ng/news/517536/africa-makes-great-strides-towards-zero-hunger-despite-hurdles-fao