Oyo farmers receive boost as governor distributes land
by Akinremi Feyisipo
January 12, 2017 | 12:23 am| | | Start Conversation
Farmers in Oyo state have received a boost as the Oyo state government is distributing 210 hectares of land to increase food production in the state.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi who disclosed this at the town hall meeting held for the people of Oyo and Ogbomoso zones in Oyo Town, also stated that the government would revoke the ownership of any unused fertile land for agriculture,
Ajimobi said that the state would leverage on its position as the largest producer of cassava to boost its internally generated revenue through agriculture and ensure that there is enough food for the people of the state.
“Oyo state is the largest producer of cassava in the country. We have many unused fertile land for farming. I want to appeal to our people to release these lands for those that need it for farming to boost agricultural produce in the state.
“We are ready to revoke any unused lands and give it to farmers for use. We are ready to also share the 210 hectares of land at RCDC Awe, Oyo Town for the use of our farmers,” the governor pointed out,” Ajimobi said.
The governor explained that the drop in oil revenue has turned everybody to abandoned agriculture, stressing that his administration is constructing an automated silos of international standard in Atiba to boost food storage in order to improve food security.
He appreciated the market men and women for their expression of interest to support the renewed Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) drive of the state, pledging that his administration would continue with its unprecedented infrastructural effort to open the state for more industrialization.
The governor promised that Atiba FM, a fully digital radio station based in Atiba, and the Silo for food storage would be ready for commission this year.
Responding, the traditional rulers present at the town hall through their representative, Oba Oparinde Stephen Femi, the Akibio of Ilora and the retired Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu commended Governor Ajimobi for his efforts at transforming the state and his resolve to return education in the state to the path of glory.
Archbishop Ladigbolu said that the people of Oyo town appreciated the governor’s gesture for citing the silo and Atiba fm in Oyo and for the ongoing dualization of the road in the town.
“We thank the governor for his achievements so far in the state; the people of Oyo Town appreciate him for the road dualization, the Silo and Atiba Fm. No governor has dualised roads in Oyo town before, Ajimobi stands out and we say thank you to him on behalf of the Alaafin of Oyo and the people of Oyo and Ogbomoso zones of the state,” he noted.
The town hall which had traditional rulers, community, religious and party leaders, Cultural and ethnic groups, religious bodies, youths and faith based organisations, students from Secondary Schools and higher institutions, NGOs, Labour leaders, politicians among others was the third in the series of recently resuscitated stakeholders’ engagement between the government and the citizens to discuss and jointly find solutions to critical issues affecting the state.
He however further appealed to the entire citizens of the state to collaborate and support government’s plans and policies for reviving education in the state and consequently reiterated his assurance that the crisis in the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) would be resolved by month end and the school will be reopened.
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