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COVID-19 impact: Enugu govt partners AUDA-NEPAD on farmers’t

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The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has taken measures in furtherance of its efforts to cushion the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people and the economy of the state.

Enugu State office of the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for African Development (AUDA-NEPAD), yesterday, held an interactive meeting with stakeholders in the state on the agency’s agricultural project aimed at empowering small holder farmers and boosting food production to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the stakeholders, Enugu State Commissioner for Special Duties and State Coordinator/Focal Person in charge of AUDA/NEPAD, Enugu Office, Mrs. Mabel Agbo, disclosed that AUDA-NEPAD Continental Office in collaboration with some international agencies took bold measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the citizens by initiating the project, entitled “Innovative Strengthening of Small holder Farmers Capabilities Towards Productive Land Restoration Amid COVID-19 in Nigeria”.

Mrs. Agbo said “this project as the title connotes is aimed at empowering small holder farmers in our different communities in all agriculture value chains and segments (crops and livestock) to boost their capacity for food production, especially in the aftermath of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on our economy.

“To reduce the negative impact of this pandemic, we must step up efforts to enhance the capacity of our farmers to provide food for the wellbeing of our citizens.”

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She said both the African Union (AU) and Governor Ugwuanyi had ensured that the funding for the project was available.

She urged traditional rulers of autonomous communities in Enugu State and the presidents-general of town unions to ensure that lands were made available for use by the potential farmers.

Also speaking, the representative of the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Afam Ngene, described the project as laudable, commending the AUDA-NEPAD for the initiative.

The commissioner equally lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for ensuring that the programme reaches all the nooks and crannies of Enugu State, for full actualization of the objectives in the interest of the farmers in particular and the state in general.

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Real reason Tinubu travelled to UK – Aide

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The real reason an APC Presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu travelled to London, United Kingdom has emerged contrary to views outside.

Social media have been awashed with reports of Tinubu’s travel to London, with some saying he has gone to rest and others saying he visited his family.

Some people are even thinking that Tinubu might be sick afterall and has gone for medical treatment abroad.

But his spokesman, Tunde Rahman has doused the tension, saying the Asiwaju travelled abroad for consultations over his presidential interest.

Rahman tweeted: “HE Asíwájú Tinubu is engaged in meetings and consultations over his presidential interest.

“Some of these consultations are holding abroad. So if in The UK at present, this is why!”

He said the former governor of Lagos is expected back into the country next week.

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Waymo sues California DMV to keep driverless crash data under wraps

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Waymo filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Motor Vehicles to keep driverless car crash data from being made public.

 

The autonomous vehicle operator, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet; claims that such data should be considered a trade secret.

 

The news of the lawsuit was first reported by Business Insider and also later by the Los Angles Times.

 

California’s DMV oversees the largest autonomous vehicle testing program in the country; with over 60 companies permitted to operate test vehicles on public roads.

 

Only a handful are approved to operate fully autonomous vehicles without safety drivers at the wheel, and even fewer have also been approved to deploy vehicles for commercial purposes.

 

Waymo is seeking to keep private information about how it handles certain autonomous vehicle emergencies; how it responds when its vehicles attempt to drive somewhere they are not intended to go, and how they handle steep hills or tight curves.

 

Waymo is currently testing some of its vehicles in downtown San Francisco; where it is permitted to operate fully driverless cars without safety drivers.

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The lawsuit, which was filed in Sacramento County Superior Court last week; argues that releasing this information to the public would put Waymo at a competitive disadvantage.

 

Making public the process by which Waymo analyzes crashes “could provide strategic insight to Waymo’s competitors and third parties regarding Waymo’s assessment of those collisions from a variety of different perspectives; including potential technological remediation,” the company argues.

 

Moreover, it could have a “chilling effect” on the entire autonomous vehicle industry. “Potential market participants interested in deploying autonomous vehicles in California; will be dissuaded from investing valuable time and resources developing this technology; if there is a demonstrated track record of their trade secrets being released,” Waymo claims.

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