By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has called for urgent diversification of Nigeria’s economy, saying agriculture is the only credible and sustainable solution to the current economic recession in the country.
Governor Ahmed also called on the Federal Government to reconsider moving heavily into agriculture as a deliberate effort to create wealth.
The governor, who made the call when First Class Traditional Rulers from Kwara South Senatorial District, visited him at the Government House Ilorin, promised that the state government would continue to assist farmers with information, seedlings and chemicals to boost agric-business in the state.
Ahmed charged the traditional rulers to develop more interest in agriculture and continue to support programmes and policies of the state government.
He called on royal fathers in the country to be major players in the promotion of peace and security in their domains.
The governor noted that it was only when lives of people and their property are secured that government’s developmental and infrastructural efforts could yield desired results.
He said: “Government will continue to partner with our royal fathers on security so that our people can live in peace because it is only when we have a secured environment that we can truly progress economically.
“We’ll create a sense of transparency in the area of project execution because monies that will be used for the projects will be money gotten from the people under the internally generated revenue. Transparency in governance is necessary for people to have confidence in the government,”he said.
The governor promised that all projects to be initiated by the state government will be completed before December, 2018.
This, according to the governor, will be possible as the newly-established Kwara Infrastructure Fund is positioned for the financing of projects across the state from inception to completion stages within given time- frame.
According to him, with a minimum of N500 million from the Internally Generated Revenue earmarked for the fund monthly, financing of projects would become easier and consistent.
Earlier, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye, who led the traditional rulers to visit the governor, explained that the visit was to congratulate Governor Ahmed on a successful Sallah celebration in the state. He promised continuous support to the state government.
Oba Esuwoye sought the support of the government to farmers in the state through the provision of farm input and fertilisers with a view to solving problems associated with food insecurity.