- The Delta government is focusing on its non-oil economy to ensure the state is sustainable
- This is evident in the massive investment in a new agro-industrial park set to berth in the state
- The facility is expected to astronomically increase the internally-generated revenue of the state
Delta government on Tuesday, January 12 said the Agro-Industrial Park being established in Aboh-Ogwashi in Aniocha South local government area would be a catalyst for economic transformation in the state.
This was stated by the state's commissioner of information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu while embarking on an inspection tour of the project.
A statement from the Delta government seen by Legit.ng quoted the commissioner as saying it was a strong commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's administration to grow the state's economy to ensure it is not dependent on oil.
According to Aniagwu, the park would provide agro-processing value-chain services to farmers in Delta, adding that the state has been known for oil adding that it is time to go beyond oil.
“We have come here today to see for ourselves what we have done so far with respect to Delta Agro-Industrial Park.
“You have seen the location and we believe that by the time the park comes fully on stream, a number of our farmers who farm within the environment of the park and those who farm or grow their crops in different parts of the state will take advantage of the different factories and industries to be located in this industrial park for processing what they have.
“Our people lose the value of their produce because of lack of processing facilities and I am glad that this industrial park will bring in additional value for our farmers when completed and inaugurated.
“The park will also enhance the capacity of a number of farmers who will take advantage of the mechanisation that will take place here and we are quite convinced that this park will soon take off, and it will take Delta far from what it used to be.”
On funding for the project, Aniagwu said N8 billion had been sourced from the Central Bank of Nigeria and the project partners were also coming in with their resources to develop the park.
“Companies are shutting down but people must eat in the midst of the pandemic because we believe that this industrial park will be the next frontier for Delta.”
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday, January 5 commended the federal government on the commencement of the expanded special public works programme in the country.
Governor Okowa expressed excitement on the commencement of the programme adding that it will help curb unemployment in the country.
In another development, Governor Okowa has urged the Niger Delta Development Commission to put more emphasis on its Bill of Quantitatities, to enable its road projects to stand the test of time.
Okowa gave the advice on Monday, December 28 at a grand reception in honour of Justice Samuel Chukwudumebi Oseji on his elevation as Justice of the Supreme Court.
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