By Mustapha Usman, with agency report
The emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has Mr Sanusi called on Kano State government to provide pesticides to farmers whose crops were affected by insects and pests in some local government areas of the state.
Farms in many states across the northern part of the country are infested by deadly pest, army worm’, raising fears of food shortage in the region.
Experts said the African army worm (Spodoptera exempta) is an African moth, capable of destroying entire crops in a matter of weeks.
Mr Sanusi made the call on Tuesday during traditional Hawan Nassarawa at the Government House, Kano, lamenting the destruction caused by pests in the current cropping season.
The royal father also called on government to ensure sanitation in order to avoid flooding.
He also called for enlightenment of the people on peace and stressed the importance of living in peace with one another irrespective of their religious or ethnic affiliations.
The emir advised adherents of the Islamic faith to practice the lessons of Ramadan for peace to continue to reign in the country.
He also urged the state government to enlighten the people of the state, especially the youths on the importance of peace.
In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State thanked the emir for his contribution for peaceful, stability and unity in state.
“We are very grateful for your call on peaceful co-existence due to the position of Kano as centre of commerce and industry.
“We also want to emphasise the need for peaceful co-existence because it is the tool for achieving unity and progress as no nation can make progress without unity,” he said.
He said that the government and the people of the state are having a cordial relationship with the heads of other ethnic groups.
Mr Ganduje added that the state government had completed two hospitals with 500 beds in the state.
“We completed two hospitals with 500 beds and we provided them with state of art equipment,” he said.
He further urged all Nigerians to contribute immensely to the development of the country and pray for the speedy recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.