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|Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 1:41pm On Jul 15|
fizzile:For transferboss, yes.
|Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 11:36am On Jul 15|
justwise:try transferboss.com I have been using them for quite a while now. I was using worldremit until they started giving ridiculous exchange rates.
|Career / Re: How Can I Collect My Employment Letter From My Employer by dustydee: 7:04am On Jul 14|
flyca:Labour unions are not ubiquitous. They may not be aware and the refusal of the OP to name the company or lay a formal complaint will not help. I believe we should initiate change if we want things to change. For the OP his fear is unemployment and so is willing to be a slave than liberate himself and others. There are a couple of things he could do to inform appropriate authorities about this practice.
|Foreign Affairs / Re: David Cameron Personally Carrying His Property Out Of 10 Downing Street by dustydee: 1:42pm On Jul 13|
nairaland and lies
Thursday, April 05, 2007http://saxontimes.blogspot.co.uk/2007/04/david-cameron-moving-house.html
As David Cameron and his family prepare to leave 10 Downing Street, their home for the last six years, a picture of the outgoing British Prime Minister is widely being shared on social media. Hailed as the 'coolest thing' by some on Twitter, the picture shows Mr Cameron lugging a removal box titled 'handle with care.' Here's the thing though - this is not a picture of the Camerons currently moving out of 10 Downing Street, it dates all the way back to 2007.
|Politics / Re: President Buhari Spotted In Gucci Shoes Worth $640 (N223,905): Nigerians React by dustydee: 1:01pm On Jul 10|
Seun and lalasticlala
I have a few questions:
1. Where is the Gucci shoe you claim he's wearing? How can we confirm that the shoes are made by Gucci? I couldn't tell from the picture.
2. How were you and the OP able to determine the cost of the shoe when it is not possible to determine the make of the shoe, where and when it was bought?
3. Why are you guys hell bent on destroying this site with unconfirmed stories and pass them on as if it's true?
|Politics / Re: Is This A True Representation Of Nigeria's Geo-political Zones? by dustydee: 4:19pm On Jun 30|
How many Geo-political zones do we have in Nigeria?
|Health / Re: I Have This Rare Disease 'Mucha Habermann', Please Help - PIX by dustydee: 10:49am On Jun 29|
oyb:The sun - Free UV light.
|Politics / Re: Yahaya Bello Barred From Traveling Abroad, Ordered To Return Home - Kogi Reports by dustydee: 9:18am On Jun 29|
mrvitalis:The Nigerian Passport is the property of the FG and it can be withdrawn at anytime. He should be able to travel if he has another passport other than the Nigerian passport. But I doubt this report.
|Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 8:21am On Jun 29|
gratefulme40:I switched like you and didn't show any maintenance fee. Recently renewed and still didn't. Your sponsor usually guarantees it and UKBA will also be made aware of your salary so no need. You may need to show maintenance funds for other family members though except if your company is applying for them.
|Agriculture / Rotimi Williams Is Kereksuk Rice Farm Nasarawa Owner by dustydee: 3:38pm On Jun 27|
Nigerians consume more than 5 million metric tons of rice every year, with a significant portion of its consumption needs sourced from imports. Rotimi Williams, an ambitious 36 year-old Nigerian entrepreneur and rice farmer, is on a quest to change that.
Williams, a former Journalist, is the owner of Kereksuk Rice Farm, the 2nd largest commercial rice farm in Nigeria by land size. His farm, which is situated in Nasarawa state in northern Nigeria, currently sits on 43,000 hectares and employs more than 100 indigenes of Nasarawa.
I recently caught up with the budding entrepreneur in Lagos, and had a brief chat with him where he recounted his journey and mused on how Nigeria can attain self-sufficiency in rice production in the near future.
What’s your educational and professional background?
I attended King’s College in Lagos. After attending secondary school at King’s College I proceeded to obtain my first degree at University of Aberdeen where I graduated with a degree in Economics. I also obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics from the same institution. My quest for more knowledge led me to enroll for yet another Master’s Degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London where I gained an MSc. in Finance and Development Studies.
Upon graduation, I landed a role as an analyst at the European Economics and Financial Centre in London. Afterwards, Euromoney Magazine- employed me where I covered the African space.
I would say that this is where my journey truly started.
Given your background as a journalist, what informed your decision to venture into rice farming?
While at Euromoney, I had the opportunity to travel around a few African countries. These trips exposed me to countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Ghana. A common thread amongst the aforementioned nations is agriculture. Agriculture is at the very core of these countries and this got me thinking. After a few more trips, I decided to move back to Nigeria and sink my teeth into the agricultural space. Nigeria remains the largest economy in Africa from both a GDP perspective and also the strength of the size of our population.
Upon my arrival back in Nigeria, I got a job at a premier Bank where I was promised to sit on the agriculture desk – my hope was that I would gain enough knowledge of the Nigerian agricultural industry and develop myself from there.
Unfortunately, the agricultural desk at the Bank never quite achieved its set goals. I pushed hard for the Bank to adopt policies and gain inroads into the agricultural industry but my attempts were somewhat frustrated. I sincerely feel that the bank wasn’t quite ready to launch fully into the agricultural space.
As my frustration grew, I decided to quit banking and planned to go it alone into agriculture. Frankly, my decision led to a challenging sojourn as attempts to raise funding with my partner proved difficult. We started a Structured Trade and Commodity Finance company. After a while I started consulting for small agriculture companies seeking to raise capital both locally and internationally.
You currently own the second (2nd) largest rice farm in Nigeria with 45,000 hectares in Nasarawa, Nigeria. What’s the story behind your acquisition of such vast land, and what are some of the challenges you’ve encountered in farming in the volatile northern region?
Two years had past and we still had no funds, so I made an offer to the farm owner, that with a 50-50 split, I would develop the farm with both personal funds and external funding. He agreed and that’s how I became part owner of 17,296 hectares of farmland. Knowing that agriculture would become the integral area of focus in Nigeria, I was bullish and ramped up the land to 55,000 hectares. I later parted with my partner as a result of unaligned views and strategy. I maintained 45,000 hectares for myself and today we have started producing, with our quality paddy being sold to major milling companies in Nigeria. However, I must add the following, I often have people ask how I learned abut farming, as everyone thinks you need a special degree in agriculture to be a farmer, but I always tell them the truth, I learnt it all on Google. I downloaded every article I could find on rice production, consumed it and then practiced it in the fields.
Frankly, my experience working alongside indigenes of Nasarawa state has been exceptional. I have learnt over the years that if you approach people with respect even more so while one seeks to set up a business venture. Having a healthy sense of community makes all the difference in attaining one’s set objectives. I lean heavily on the wisdom and cultural approach of the indigenes to carry out farming on such a scale here in Nasarawa.
In the news today, there is a lot of talk about Farmers clashing with Fulani Herdsmen, but we think our approach has been successful. We created a scheme called the Farm Out Of Poverty initiative which I will talk about a bit more later. Under the FOOP, we are able to train approximately a hundred Fulani women in rice farming, at the same time, employing their men as our security and finally, feeding their castles from the rice straws after harvest. Today, we live in peace and all work towards the success of the farm.
What’s your fundamental objective in rice production?
In recent years there has been a concerted effort by the Federal Republic of Nigeria to adopt more wholesome agricultural reforms and policies. These initiatives are highly commendable as they seek to empower Nigerians to also engage and thrive in this industry. Quite frankly, with Nigeria’s swelling population we simply have to look inwards and increase our agricultural prowess as a nation. These initiatives have been further highlighted when we take a candid look at our importing structures. Nigeria imports a whole lot and the numbers reveal that this is not sustainable.
Kereksuk seeks to contribute its own quota to reduce the weight on our economy to keep importing rice – which is consumed in such high demand in our country.
Your farm, Kereksuk, is currently not running at optimization. Why is that?
Kereksuk’s land mass stands at 45,000 hectares; as such, we have been focusing on developing the land in phases – based on our modular plan we seek to reach full optimization by the year 2020. Our expansion plans require significant fund raising too – the scale of our planned operations would explain this.
So how much rice are you producing annually?
We’re currently doing 8,000 metric tons a year, but we are embarking on an expansion programme that’ll see us doubling our output next year.
Have you taken any steps to make your farm more environmentally friendly?
Kereksuk has taken a few initiatives to adopt environmentally friendly measures. For example, we apply organic fertilizers – fertilizers we gain quite seamlessly through our healthy relationship with the indigenes of this beautiful state. Furthermore, we feed straw from our rice to livestock and while I am not at liberty to divulge the details, we are actually working on a project that seeks to generate power from rice.
I see myself as a social entrepreneur – I appreciate engaging the collective through community involvement. This has actually inspired Kereksuk to set up a few initiatives.
Our pioneer initiative is the farm-out-of-poverty initiative. This strategic initiative targets secondary school children. The Nigerian secondary school system is evenly split into two halves – the Junior Secondary School (JSS) years and the Senior Secondary School (SSS) years. Each half lasts for three (3) years. We focus primarily on the Senior Secondary School years by selecting ten (10) students per SSS year to visit our farm.
While on the farm, the 30 students are exposed to the production and economics of rice farming. At the end of the year we set aside N50,000 ($160) per student per year. This accrues to N150,000 (approximately $500) at the end of the 3-year programme per student. We ensure that this sum is matched by a like-minded cooperative organization and the cumulative amount of N300,000 ($1,000) goes towards paying fees at the tertiary education stage.
This programme seeks to alleviate the burden of debt often associated with students and empowers the student through experience in a real-life work environment.
Kereksuk is confident that this initiative inspires and acts as an incentive to those at the lower education cadre to remain in school and aim for excellence in life.
The second phase of the FOOP involves the engagement of Fulani women in rice farming. This concept is unprecedented as there is a misconception that Fulani people are only
What reforms must government implement to ensure that Nigeria attains self-sufficient in rice production?
There is a lot of talk at the moment about rice production and self-sufficiency, but I believe that the Government needs to look at its approach closely. The aim of the government is not only to create jobs, but create wealth and at the same time boost production. However, I believe that for jobs to be created, the notion is quite straightforward, create a plan and make funds available, however, for such development to be sustainable and for wealth to be created, there is much work yet to be done. For example, in rice production, simply growing paddy and selling at market price would not create the necessary wealth for the farmer, without appropriate value addition such as milling. However, because the government lays much emphasis on integrated rice mills and par-boiled rice, these small farmers are already priced out. So for the newly created job to be truly attractive and sustainable, government needs to start thinking about the value additions by the same farmers to enable them grow their operations organically.
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|Politics / Re: Buhari's Bank Sponsored His Election And It Wasn't Corruption. by dustydee: 3:13pm On Jun 26|
StOla:Did Buhari ever say he took a loan to buy form? It's the newspapers that took the loan on his behalf. I listened to him when he made a comment about informing his bank to honour any check from him whether he had money in the account or not. Now how is that the same as I took loan to buy nomination form?
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Job Seekers Cvs On The Floor Of The Entrance To The NLNG HQ Construction Site by dustydee: 9:05am On Jun 25|
houstonia:I am not disputing your claim that there are envelopes by a construction site. What we don't know is the content of the envelopes. It may be CVs it not be. The fact that you could not go closer to confirm the contents lays credence to my assertion.I and many others are not quick to believe everything we read online especially on nairaland where members and moderators throw false information around. Of recent we saw the supposed picture of the women "beheaded" in Kano. It turned out that she was not beheaded but a member posted it and till date some nairalanders still refer to the incidence as a "beheading". Only a fool will believe everything he sees or reads online, I choose not to be one. Again it may be people's CV or something else. I have a right to ask questions when I am in doubt and that shouldn't call for insults especially when the question is valid. I am just concerned about nairaland's new found penchant for posting and promoting unconfirmed stories as facts hence my request for more information. This has made many intelectuals to leave this forum. I am also gradually becoming less active here. Have a nice weekend.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Job Seekers Cvs On The Floor Of The Entrance To The NLNG HQ Construction Site by dustydee: 8:28am On Jun 25|
houstonia:So how did you know it contained CVs? You also said "huge" which is an exaggeration so how sure are we that you are not being sensational?
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Job Seekers Cvs On The Floor Of The Entrance To The NLNG HQ Construction Site by dustydee: 8:14am On Jun 25|
houstonia:Why the insults? All I can see are envelopes of various sizes, why should I believe it contains CVs?
|Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 9:16am On Jun 23|
OlowoB:I'm IN. I like some of Cameron's policies. I don't want him to resign.
|Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 9:13am On Jun 23|
still waiting for your update on the other topics you listed, please. Kodi up and running.
Do I need to use it with VPN to avoid any wahala?
|Politics / Re: Aisha Buhari's Alleged Impostor Speaks Out, "Politicians Are Soiling My Name" by dustydee: 1:50pm On Jun 22|
So who said she's the one?
Questions for Fayose:
Does Buhari have a daughter named Aisha Buhari?
|Travel / Re: Zuma Rock, A Breathtaking Abuja And The Gurara Falls-day Three #c9ja Tour by dustydee: 8:14am On Jun 22|
daremarvell:How come you spent three days in Abuja and you could only capture one landmark (Ecumenical centre)? Gurara falls and Zuma rock are in Niger State.
|Politics / Re: EFCC Arrests Jide Omokore & Andrew Yakubu, EX- NNPC GMD, for money laundering by dustydee: 2:16pm On Jun 20|
If true then Dieziani is in trouble.
I understand Andy Yakubu has documents on deals she struck that the public is not privy to. He did his best to stay out of trouble. I don't see him being convicted.
|NYSC / Re: My NYSC Experience In Kano State by dustydee: 7:38am On Jun 17|
What of Plateau and Benue?
|Politics / Re: Tunde Fowler Of FIRS Recruits 349 New Staff Secretly - Sahara Reporters by dustydee: 4:34pm On Jun 15|
If this is true, it is plain wrong. The link does not open.
This is why I respect Obasanjo a lot. Recruitments were fair during his regime.
I understand that FG jobs must be advertised for 6 weeks in some national newspapers before people are recruited. Even if the recruitment was targeted, I believe the roles have minimum requirements and so should be thrown open to those people with the minimum requirement from which selection can be made.
|Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 3:42pm On Jun 15|
|Travel / Re: Nigerian Students In The Uk How Do You Survive? by dustydee: 10:16am On Jun 14|
Cool. Just heard about Kodi from my colleagues last Friday. It seems to be good but at the same level of legality as other streaming sites.
NB: Justwise, Disguy you can use vipleague.is
I started looking at UK immigration laws recently(as it pertains to my visa type i.e Tier 2) and I seem to have found a minor "loophole". Waiting to hear your tip on this
|Career / Re: Total Oil Workers Protesting In Lagos Over Their Dismissal Without Pay by dustydee: 11:42am On Jun 13|
meanwhile, in the UK . . .
Over 120,000 jobs are expected to have been lost between 2014 and the end of this year because of the severe hit inflicted on the UK oil industry from tumbling global prices.
|Politics / Re: NSCDC Destroys 13 Illegal Refineries In Rivers by dustydee: 2:27pm On May 07|
udumosam23:There are already legal means for refining products. All they need is to get a license. I assure you that they will not be in business if their activities were legal. Add the cost of quality control, cost of crude, personnel cost, safety measures and so on even with zero tax, they won't be profitable. This is simply because with their technology, they are unable to maximise yield leading to waste of crude.
|Travel / Re: Tomaro-Onisiwo, Lagos Community Where Cars, Okadas Are ‘forbidden’ (pictures) by dustydee: 11:26pm On Apr 28|
jaymichael:Saw the visit of the US ambassador to your island today. I immediately recognised the name when I heard it on TV. I hope the government will heed his advise and provide basic amenities.
|Car Talk / Re: Recovered Vehicle In A Police Station In Port-Harcourt. Photos by dustydee: 1:16pm On Apr 21|
Is there no vehicle registration record?
|Travel / Re: I Finally Got To America-thanks Nairaland! by dustydee: 8:23am On Apr 21|
how do you intend to get your green card? or are you going to be shuttling between Nigeria and the US every 6 months? won't that raise suspicion of the border agents? Thanks.
|Politics / Re: Danladi Umar Keeps Saraki Waiting Today by dustydee: 1:33pm On Apr 20|
DONSMITH123:Seun this is getting ridiculous. From the story, can you or your moderators point out the "why"?
My time here is nearing an end.
|Travel / Re: A Nairalander's Experiences On The Train From Port-Harcourt To Kano In Pictures by dustydee: 1:27pm On Apr 20|
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