- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has encouraged the people of the state to go back to farming
- The governor stated this while inaugurating 20 tractors he bought for agricultural activities in the state
- Governor Okowa assured residents that the equipment would be available to every farmer in need of them in the state
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Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, September 2 in Asaba, inaugurated 20 tractors procured by his administration for agricultural productivity, with a warning that anyone who failed to do the right thing with the equipment would be brought to book.
The governor stated that the tractors were procured to encourage citizens to go back to farming, and explained that equipment would be available to every farmer in need of them.
According to him, 10 of the tractors will go to the tractor agencies of the state government under the ministry of agriculture and 10 will be given out to the private sector at a subsidized rate.
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He, however, directed that those in whose custody the tractors would be must be readily available to provide the necessary services to other farmers who would be in need of them at an agreed price with the ministry.
“The tractor hiring unit must do the right thing; anybody who fails to do the right thing will definitely be brought to book because the intention of this programme is to ensure that those who want to tractorize their farms are able to get it at a subsidized rate,” he said.
The governor further said the farmers should be able to make enough gain of their farm produce at the end of the farming year.
He expressed the hope that with the success of the programme, the state government would be able to purchase more tractors in the future.
Governor Okowa also commended the Central Bank of Nigeria for the cassava programme in the state, noting that it is going to engage no fewer than 1,000 farmers.
He added that oil palm programme was also on course and appealed to traditional rulers and presidents-general of communities to make land available to support all agricultural programmes.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Okowa, on Friday, August 28 inaugurated the Delta state economic council, with a charge to the members to institute strong, credible and enduring platforms for diversification of the economy, including enhancing business competitiveness.
The council is headed by the deputy governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro while the commissioner for economic planning, Dr Barry Pere-Gbe, will serve as the committee's secretary.
At the ceremony in Government House, Asaba, the governor urged the council to proffer viable alternatives to building strong public/private partnerships, formulate policies and practices that promote institutional transparency and accountability.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.
The governor stated this on Thursday, August 27 at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta state at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter (Anglican Communion), Bishops Court, Asaba.
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