Over 50 persons have benefited from the phase one of back to farms programme embarked upon by the Executive Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike.
The young farmers, last weekend, received empowerment of N50,000 each to support their farming work in the area.
Declaring the progrmame open in Aluu Community in the council chairman said the programme was part of his electioneering campaign promises toward the development of agriculture in the area.
He said the agricultural empowerment programme was arranged in phases to engage the young and the old in farming activities to boost employment and food-production in the area and the state in general.
He said each phase would have its beneficiaries across the 13, wards of the local government area.
“Out of the point which we campaign with is the “Going Back to Farm” progrmame, and I want to tell you that by the grace of God, the committee headed by Mr Prince Nyeche has gone round the 13 wards of Ikwerre Local Government Area, and the committee has captured over 650 persons to be empowered in this phase one.
“The programme would go round all the communities in the LGA and each ward has empowerment of 50 persons for a million naira in a phase.
“This will continue until my tenure will expire, I want to urge all the beneficiaries to make good use of the money to develop agriculture in the little way they can maintain,” he said.
Speaking with The Tide, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Onyiyenechi Ben, commended the chairman for the gesture, saying that the, money would go a long way to assist her in some of the challenges facing her farming work.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwonosike, says all is set for the council to reconnect some Ikwerre communities to national grid.
“Let me also announce to you that plan has been concluded to return back electricity to you.
All the fourteen communities of the Ikwerre Local Government Area would soon have constant light from the national grid.
“The gesture is also part of my electioneering campaign promise to restore the vandalised electricity by some hoodlums from Ahoada area.”