By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Government has been commended for the proposed rice mill project at Omi, stressing that the laudable project will reduce unemployment and youth restiveness in the state.
Senator Smart Adeyemi who made this commendation in a press statement issued and copy of which cowas made available to newsmen in Lokoja, stated that Kogi State government partnering with Agric Integrated Africa Services Limited to build a 50 ton Rice Processing Mill in Omi, Yagba West Local Government Area was a welcome development.
He explained that the step taken so far by the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello will go along way in improving the economy of the state and the nation in general.
Sen Adeyemi who represented Kogi West Senatorial District of the state, noted that the rice mill project will definitely reduced youth restiveness, adding that the effort of the government to embark on such project will place the state as one of the rice producing state in the country.
He added that in line with the new direction blueprint of the governor to promote Public Private Partnership Initiatives in the state, will definitely create job opportunities for the teaming youths to be gainfully employed and also boost the revenue base of the state.
Adeyemi said that the rice mill Project when completed will feed the nation as government is committed to creating an enabling environment for the much needed agricultural revolution, assuring Nigerians that the rice mill will bridge the gap between demand and supply across the nation.
He posited that the Kogi State is emerging the number one agricultural state in the federation.
“Kogi State had declared a state of emergency in the agricultural sector long before the unstable revenue generation in the state. The visionary administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello has placed agriculture on the front burners of its economic prosperity plan known as the New Direction Agenda.
“A massive revolution is going on across the state in the area of rice production.
“The Omi Dam rice Project is breathing down on the leading rice producers in the country,” he mentioned.
He also lauded the state government for welcoming genuine investors in the agricultural sector which he said will create jobs opportunity for the teeming youth in the state.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for awarding the construction of Kabba-Egbe road, adding that the road project when completed will bring back economy life in most of the communities along the road.
He therefore assured the people of the state to give the present administration of governor Yahaya Bello a total support so that he can deliver more dividend of democracy to the people.