Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has lauded the fish farmers in the state for their invaluable contributions to food security and economy of the state pledging to always ensure that his administration supported them to enhance their productivity and earn more income from their fish farming enterprise.
Prince Abiodun, according to a statement from his Senior Special Adviser on New Media, Emmanuel Ojo made this pledge during an interactive session the governor had with farmers at June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
The governor said that the state government would give the fish farmers all the support they would require to further expand their businesses and help in creating more prosperity for the state.
” I must first commend those of us that are in the fishery sector for having done us so proud, because everywhere I have gone, they have talked about fishery in the state, to the point where it has now become a model that is being replicated in other parts of the continent.
” I want to give you an undertaking that these administration will give you the fullest support,” the governor said
Abiodun disclosed further that his administration was placing a lot of premium on rural and urban roads, saying that wherever a road passes through a farm, his administration would make such road its priority.
“Let me tell you something today, as we prioritize these roads, if a road goes through a farm land or agricultural produce area, that road instantly becomes our priority, because we must be able to ensure that you can conveniently move your produce from farm to town,” he said.
The governor who also opined that his administration was determined to make the state the food basket of the nation, added that the determination to take the state back to being the food basket of the nation had started yielding fruits as a team would be arriving the state on Sunday from Ivory Coast.
Abiodun noted that the expected arrival of the team was in furtherance of series of discussions they’ve being having with them on how best they could help the state actualize its dream.
” I have sat down and met with different multi lateral and partner agencies that are willing to give us the support, they are so resolute, they are so committed to supporting us.
” As a matter of fact, the first team from Ivory Coast will be arriving on Sunday and they will be here for three days, these is in furtherance of the discussions we have being having with them over how and where they can give us support,” he said.
Abiodun who also disclosed that the team which was set to invest in three Agro processing zones of the country, had picked the state as one of the three beneficiaries, added that an American company based in Malaysia with a factory in the state and South Africa was ready to provide seedlings and also provide offtake services to Maize farmers in the state.
In her remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye acknowledged the state governor for having a vision that would make the state the first in terms of agriculture, adding that the support the governor was willing to give to farmers in the state would definitely make the state the food basket of the nation.
In his remark, the Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Prince Segun Dasaolu appealed to the governor to look into the rehabilitation of the training hall at OGADEP, which he said was in a state of disrepair, adding that the government should fully tap into various funds available, by paying all counterpart funds.