The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has lauded the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and its joint venture partners for complementing state government’s efforts towards agricultural development in the state.
The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Charles Nworgu, made the commendation during the 22nd Farmers Day celebration, organised by NAOC Green River Project (GRP) at Igbogene, Bayelsa State last Saturday.
He said that NAOC has made visible contributions towards diversifying the economy to agriculture while appealing that stakeholders should assist farmers whose farmlands were affected by the last flood disaster, to re-establish their farms to enhance food supply in the state.
The governor urged NAOC to partner with the State Ministry of Agriculture so as to explore modern agricultural best practices.
Similarly, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, John Jonah, representing Governor Seriake Dickson, while commending NAOC JV partners, noted that Green River Project agric initiative is key to general agric business.
He posited that the initiative was part of human security process that can secure the future of our youth, saying that “if you learn the art of agriculture, your income, food and employment would be assured.”
The Governor urged NAOC to redouble their efforts in research programmes to grapple with modern technology challenges, especially in the area of food preservation as well as empowering the rural farmers with improved varieties of farm inputs.
Also, in his goodwill message, President Muhammadu Buhari, through telecast, gave kudos to NAOC-GRP for fostering the economic policy thrust of his administration to diversify the mono-economy to agriculture.
He pointed out that agriculture had been under-utilised or even abandoned, yet it is the hub of youth employment which, he said, constitutes about 62% of the population.
President Buhari charged the youth to embrace agriculture to enable them contribute to the objective of food sufficiency and diversification of the country’s mono-economy as well as create jobs and wealth for themselves.
The president said that the Federal Government has voted out funds to revive agriculture through River Basins across the nation.
He noted, however that excessive rainfall affected farmlands and food supply in general, saying the National Food Security Council had met and approved compensation for the flood affected areas.
By: Kinika Mpi.