Oyisi Okatahi, Managing Director, Kogi Agricultural Development Project (ADP) has assured that the lingering dispute between the organised labour and the Kogi State Government would soon be over.
Okatahi gave the assurance at a one-day training on electronic agricultural extension programme for ADP workers held in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
He said that the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration, labour leaders and well meaning stakeholders have been engaging in fruitful discussions, adding that significant progress has been made which would soon be made known to the public.
“The Kogi State government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello is compassionate about the plight of the workers and very soon the issue would be resolved,” Okatahi said.
Recall that labour leaders had on Wednesday met with Smart Adeyemi, Chairman of Kogi West New Direction Advisory Committee and Simon Achuba, Kogi State Deputy Governor, with a view to finding a common ground to end the ongoing strike in the state.
The meeting also had in attendance, Ranti Ojo, TUC state’s chairman; vice chairman of the state NLC and five executives of the labour union.
Okatahi stated that Kogi was poised to be a leading agricultural state in Nigeria.
According to him, the governor had a great vision for agriculture in the State and the ADP was privileged to be the implementation arm, saying the training would be replicated in all the zones across the state.
“The recently signed ethanol project using cassava and sugar cane is so large that farmers from neighbouring states will benefit from it and ADP workers will be in charge of the extension services.
“The technology will be a major tool to be applied by this government in achieving her agricultural revolution goal,” Okatahi said.
Acoording to him, project, tagged: “Fair Agric Project” (FAP) would be launched during an agricultural Summit slated for 20th and 21st November, 2017 with the theme: “Agriculture: Investment Opportunities,” he said.