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Kogi Govt Reaffirms Commitment To Economic Diversification



Kogi State government yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to economic diversification by creating a green corridor of amazing opportunities in agriculture across the state for the benefits of its citizens.

The Director-General of Media and Publicity to the state governor, Yahaya Bello, gave the assurance when he visited the “Osara Green House” for inspection at Osara in Adavi local government area of the state.

Accoding to Fanwo, a new Kogi under the leadership of Alh Yahaya Bello, is all focusing on production rather than consumption alone; agriculture is the way out of the economic meltdown ravaging many states of the federation.

He said, “Kogi is taking the lead out of states moving away from over reliance and depence on white collar jobs to green collar jobs, we creating a green corridor of amazing opportunities in the agricultural sector.

Kogi youths are showing their readiness to lead our economic renaissance through agriculture with lots benefits available at the Osara Green House Project. For instance, youth are in their hundreds, growing vegetables, and job creation has mopped out youth in the area from the crime map.

“The possibility to grow vegetables all-year-round is an amazing economic empowerment with steady market, steady income and steady economy. With the nodal location of our state, our Green Houses can become the vegetable headquarters supplying all the geo-political zones”.

He added that there are off-takers in the state who would be ready to buy off the vegetables and other farm produce directly from the farms without experiencing the stress of  the middlemen.

Fanwo said that a good number of youth are understudying the Osara Model and the Youth Agric Cooperatives are growing across the state to add to the state’s credibility in the production of cassava and cashew.

He noted: “Kogi is fast becoming the vegetable state; with our water bodies, good soil and energetic youth, coupled with the state-of-the-art of agricultural machineries at the disposal of the farmers. People from the other parts of the country would not need to get to Kano before getting vegetables.

“Kogi deserves the best. We have taken guns away from the youth and gave them a platform to prosper and be rich through productivity. We are Kogi, the emerging food basket of the nation.” (NAN)