Obasanjo lauds Akwa Ibom govt's food sufficiency programme
Dec. 17, 2019
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended the Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, on his food sufficiency programme.
The former president who is a renowned farmer hailed the governor's determination to provide an alternative source of revenue for the state through agriculture.
Obasanjo gave the commendation while fielding questions from journalists after his brief stopover at the Green House Farm along Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo , during his visit to the state for the burial of former Secretary to the Government of the federation, late Chief Ufot Ekaette.
He described the Green House project as a laudable initiative which should be emulated by all Nigerians to ensure sufficient production of tomatoes and other food crops.
According to him, Akwa Ibom is making landmark achievements in agricultural production and food sufficiency, adding that if such projects are multiplied across the country, Nigeria would have an edge in food production rather than depend on importation from other countries.
His words: “Governor Emmanuel should be encouraged. One of the things that pain me is when I hear that most of the vegetables we use in Lagos including tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, lettuce and others are flown in from other countries.
“The land of those countries is not more fertile than ours that they should export vegetables to us. So what the governor is doing here is very good and others should do the same.”
He, however, advised the state government to privatize the project, stressing that privatisation would sustain the project beyond the present administration.
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom police command said it has arrested three herdsmen for allegedly killing one Peter Edem Asuquo, a farmer in the state.
The deceased was allegedly stabbed to death in his farm last month at Shelter Afrique Extension Afaha Atai village in Ibesikpo Asutan local government area of the state by the herders.
A statement signed by the police spokesman, Odiko MacDon, a Superintendent of Police, mentioned Shehu Ule, Aliyu Umar and Neusa Adamu as the alleged killers.
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