The Kogi State Government says the success of the Omi Dam Agriculture Project is clear testimony of the genuineness of government determination to shift the state economy from civil service reliance to that of agriculture prosperity.
The Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo said the State Government has blazed the trail by providing jobs for more youth through the project than the combined civil service strength of Kogi West.
He urged investors to tap into the potentials of the Project to establish processing zones in the area.
Today, the Omi Dam Agriculture Project has provided more jobs than the combined number of all the Civil Servants from the seven Local Government Areas of Kogi West. This is the focus of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello to redirect the state’s economy from white-collar base to that of a green revolution by becoming the number one food destination of Africa. Fanwo explained
He said the present administration in the state was working closely with the New Direction Blueprint which seeks to create jobs and human capacity development for wealth creation.
Kogi is naturally endowed to excel in agriculture. We have taken a step further by transforming our potentials into reality through the massive agricultural projects in Omi, Osara, Ibaji and Idah. The aim of government is to refocus the economy and empower our youth and women to see agriculture as an easy way of combating hunger and poverty as well as making the state a big player in the global agricultural market.
When completed, the ongoing Greenhouse Project at Osara will turn Kogi to an Agric hub and concentrate our population on adding to our revenue rather than depending on salaries.
Fanwo added that the administration was concentrating on delivering democracy dividends to the people rather than joining issues with detractors who are bent on discrediting the administration for political reasons.
Source: Voice of Nigeria