By Evelyn Usman
THE four-year-old Ireyomi Olaoluwa, who went missing on January 1 at Elegushi Beach in Lagos, has been found.
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Olaoluwa, was taken to the beach by his family to celebrate the new year. However, midway into the celebration, he was discovered to have been nowhere around his loved ones.
His disappearance, truncated the celebration as family members including other fun seekers combed everywhere in search of him.
Family friends immediately took to social media, posting his photograph, to announce his disappearance and an appeal to whoever found him to reach the nearest police station.
The attention of operators of the beach was attracted by the search parties. One of the fun-seekers, Ochie Nwoye, said: “Although nobody claimed to have seen any child walking towards the waves but those who could swim and local divers swam , looking for the child, whom they thought could have drowned.
“Other families who came with their children, quickly called them together and left the beach.“
However, a family source told Vanguard yesterday that the boy had been found.
The family source said: “We give God praise. He has been found. He strayed from his family while the celebration was on.
“His birthday comes up on January 18. It would have been a disaster for the family had he not been found.”
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How Olamide, Phyno collabo thrilled Kubwa fans at Glo’s music eventAbout 70 per cent of the people are engaged in planting of food and cash crops such as palm oil, plantain, cassava, yam and cocoyam, essentially at subsistence level, as well as cash crops like rice, cocoa and rubber, though not in commercial quantity. Fishing is the other agricultural activity for which the people of the state are well known, especially communities in the coastal areas.
Oil earning, apart from environmental degradation due to oil exploration and spillings, has prevented the state and other major oil-bearing states of Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta from rigorous pursuit of commercial agricultural policies.
When Udom Emmanuel assumed office as the state governor, he expressed the determination to chart an entirely new course by way of diversification of its economy. “God knew that a time like this would come and has been benevolent to Akwa Ibom by blessing the state with rich, natural endowment and human potential, which attest to the fact that right attitude and creative skills are needed to harness the natural resource for employment generation and wealth creation,” Udom said three years ago.
In a statement made available to The Guardian, the government said it has invested heavily in the sector for the twin objectives of ensuring food sufficiency for the people and opening a major source of foreign exchange earnings for the state, and would consistently do more to create jobs and an enabling environment for the private sector operators.
The government said the results of his government’s agricultural initiatives were encouraging, motivating it to allocate more resources to the sector. The initiatives have either begun to yield fruits, or the processes point to a positive end. Udom told the people of Akwa Ibom on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the state’s creation in 2016 that his government was pursuing agricultural revolution that would lead to all-round food production and sustainability, for the purpose of feeding its people.
The government, Udom said, set up the Akwa Ibom Enterprise and Employment Scheme (AKEES) with specific responsibility for job creation, especially in the areas of industrialisation and agriculture. The result of that initiative is that today, the government said, Akwa Ibom is one huge farming community. About 22 crops that were hitherto considered ‘non-natives’ in the state are being grown in commercial quantity. They include not just crops, but vegetables that are in high demand all over the country, like onion, cucumber carrot, water melon, lettuce, cabbage, the three species of tomato that are used in making paste, as well as the four species of pepper (red, green, yellow and Cameroun). The state also grows garden egg in commercial quantity.
The success of the AKEES business model, which started in just one demonstration farm and has proven that as many as 22 different crops can be grown in Akwa Ibom all year round, has attracted interest from land owners in the state who have offered 721 hectres of uncultivated farmland for farming.A consultant to the Akwa Prime Hatchery and Poultry at Mbiaya, in Uruan Local Government Area, Pastor Laolu Olaoye of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan, said the hatchery would take production of eggs and dairy products to a new height, for currently produces 10, 000 day-old chicks every week.