BY HENRY TYOHEMBA, Abuja
All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Muyiwa Olumilua, has promised to put agriculture at the front burner if elected governor of the state in the 2018 polls.
Olumilua made the disclosure in Abuja to newsmen through his media assistance, Feranmi Ajetomobi. He said a report by the state government few years back has shown that 75% of the Ekiti working population are employed by the Agricultural Sector and therefore, it would be absurd to think of any economic development strategies without considering this sector.
“What I would love to do as a governor of the state is to set-up a Special Project Vehicle with the aim of building agricultural efficiency and passive income generation. With the proper PR strategies to help build up a coalition for the idea, participation levels of the public with the project would be high. It would involve contributions from various residents of the states and indigenes outside the state.
“Interested contributors would be able to buy units in the SPV with a predetermined
number of least and highest units available to an individual stated. These contributions would be collected by the fund managers under the supervision of the government and handed over to say farmcrowdy, who would go on to invest these funds in farming activities, storage facilities logistics, and research,” he added.
On Crowd-Funding scheme, Olumilua further stressed that it would serve as a complementary effort to the investments of the government in agriculture.
“With a simple strategy like this, we would not only boost agricultural efficiency and income generation, we also use it as a tool to motivate people to pay taxes. As people would be more motivated to pay when they are aware that the government cares about their welfare; helping to widen the tax net and give the IGR a boost. My hope is to implement this and many other intelligent ideas as the governor of the amazing Ekiti State, “ he concluded.