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The Kogi State Government has moved to revolutionize agriculture in the State to ensure prosperity and job creation for the teeming youth in the State.
Briefing pressmen at the end of a three-day meeting between the Kogi State Economic Team and the Management of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority in Ilorin, the Director General on Media and Strategy, Kingsley Fanwo said the sessions were “very fruitful”, saying what is left are “mere formalities”.
His words: “The Kogi State Government is desirous of leasing the irrigation infrastructure and farmlands under the control of the Authority for Integrated Agriculture. We are looking at fishery and crop production. The State Government is at the final stages of reaching partnership agreements with private investors both locally and internationally to invest massively in agriculture.
“The good news is that the agreement will be signed in a couple of weeks to enable Operations start during the current dry season. The proposed sites are Kampe Omi Irrigation Project, Giriyan, Takete Ide, Ponyan, Emiworo and Egbeda-Egga. Giriyan alone can boost our New Direction ambition of becoming the biggest rice producer in West Africa while the Kampe Omi Irrigation Project can generate over 200,000 direct and associated jobs for Kogites”.
Fanwo said the deal is part of the Governor’s electioneering promise to diversify the economy, ensure food security and ensure non-oil receipts dominate the economy of the State.
The Economic Team also visited some factories where Gari Processing Machines are fabricated locally. Efforts are ongoing to import the technology to Kogi State to create jobs and crash the cost to feed the agro-technology drive of the present administration.
Asiwaju Idris Asiru, Kogi State Commissioner For Finance and Economic Development who doubles as the Chairman of the Economic Team led the Team. He was accompanied by the Hon. Commissioner for Budget and Planning and the Supervising Commissioner For Agriculture, Barrister Kehinde Oloruntoba, Commissioner For Works, Lands and Urban Development who was a former Executive Director in the Authority, Engr. Abdulmumini Sadiq, Special Adviser to the Governor on Multilateral and Donor Agencies/Special Projects, Hon. Ibrahim Adoga, Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Hon. Pius Kolawole and the Director General on Media and Strategy to the Governor, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo.
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