Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta state government says it has been steps to revive rubber and Oil Palm Production in the state for commercial purposes, stressing that the steps will enhance the state to reclaim its enviable position in the agricultural sector
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu who spoke to our reporter in Asaba recalled that the visit of the Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to China recently, was a bid to showcase the portentials of the state in agriculture, adding that the visit also afforded the opportunity to woo foreign investors to the state
The Commissioner maintained that the dividends of Governor Okowa’s trip to China had begun to yeild fruits as he revealed that some of the foreign investors would commence Operations in the next coming month of February, others in 2020, explaining” Delta is one of the states in Nigeria that has portentials in agriculture and we are not resting on our oars in the regard , not too long ago, we started the export of garri and we believe that we can also bring back the old days of rubber plantation and its products, we also believe that we occupy a prime position in oil Palm produce which is why we have also considered that sector and encouraged our people to form clusters to establish Palm farms”
Expressing optimism, Aniagwu said” Delta is a state to watch out for in terms of infrastructure, economic, diversification and deregulation, Job creation, and peace” noting that the state government remained Committed to ensuring a harmounious society by engaging youths productively, and urged traditional institutions including youths to continue their support for the state government.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Anglican Communion, Asaba Diocese, His Lordship, Justus Mogekwu has called for caution over criticism of the newly introduced Federal marriage Certificate Law for all types of marriages in the country, saying that the matter requires thorough round table discussion
Bishop Mogekwu who spoke to Journalists on Friday in Asaba, further cautioned those already criticizing the legislation on the new marriage certificate including payment for venue of marriage by places of worship, particularly Christians, to be mindful of the fact that the Christians Association of Nigeria ( CAN) had not made a definite statement on the matter, therefore there was the need for Christans to look before they leap.
He said” every church in the country is expected to be licensed to qualify it to conduct marriage and if that is so, why levy churches again for that purpose or ask that their members pay for marriage certificate? It’s possible that there is something that we don’t know yet about the legislation, many small churches that are springing up may not be licensed to conduct marriage,let alone issue certificate of marriage and it may be that the Federal Government in a bid to check such abuse has initiated the legislation, but I am not going to be in hurry to conclude on that, like I had said,we need to get to the buttom of the matter” adding that every registered church pays tenement rate and also register their marriage with the local government.
It would be recalled that recently the Federal Government introduced a new federal marriage certificate law for all types of marriage in the country,a situation that generated comments and reactions by the various society groups across the country