By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has reaffirmed his commitment to the development of agriculture in the state, saying that the sector would experience a complete turn-around following a new partnership with Songhai farms.
The governor stated this in an interview with journalists in his office shortly after returning from a feasibility tour of Songhai farms in Port Norvo, Benin Republic at the weekend.
He maintained that that with the new arrangement in view, the state government’s plan to boost the state agriculture sector is fast becoming a reality.
According to him, Songhai integrated farms, is an agricultural concept that considers agric production from a holistic perspective, from production to processing, marketing as well as training, adding that It was also a research ground and centre for agro skill acquisition for the youths who wanted to make fortune in agriculture.
Governor Ajimobi whose enthusiasm to develop the state’s agricultural sector, had last week visited the Songhai farms in Port-Norvo, Benin Republic to understudy the Songhai approach and replicate same in Oyo State in line with the state government’s Agric-Oyo initiatives.
While shedding more light on his visit, Ajimobi noted that plans were now in motion to start implementing this blue-print in the state in the next few months in order to create job opportunities for the unemployed youths and to serve as another revenue base for the state.
The governor who described agriculture as the fulcrum of other progressive development with a substantial value chain, added that the arrangement with Songhai farms would be a well motivated and sustained one in the state.
Ajimobi, however, expressed optimism about leaving a good foot print behind in the state with about two years more to complete his tenure, stressing that he was more concerned about leaving a legacy that posterity would reckon with.