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Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has revealed his administration’s plans to have an allied agriculture-based airport to help develop the state as a destination of choice for agriculture in Nigeria.
Abiodun, who spoke at the inauguration of the Agbeloba Aquaculture Center in Owiwi, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state, said that the agricultural sector remains the sure way out of the poverty and unemployment that plagues the country.
The project is being promoted by a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
While he also expressed optimism that his administration believes that the state and the country as a whole can really grow what it eats, the governor praised Obasanjo for steadily and tirelessly walking his speech on agriculture.
He said: “We are looking to have an airport based on agro-allies from which agricultural products like the ones we have here can be transported by air outside the country and still arrive fresh to other destinations. We are seeing these kinds of things that will complement everything we are doing.
“We as a government believe in what Baba (Obasanjo) is doing and we will continue to advocate for this because we see ourselves quickly becoming the breadbasket of this nation.
“We believe in this project, we believe that agriculture is a way out of poverty and unemployment. We believe that we can actually grow what we eat and what we grow and we want to congratulate former President Olusegun Obasanjo for his tireless and continuous preaching. “
Abiodun said his administration was confident that the bid to turn the state into a special zone for processing agricultural products would soon become a reality.
He pointed out that in the next year, at least 5,000 young people from the state will receive mentoring, accompaniment and links with profitable agro-investment firms, as a prelude to their installation in their respective businesses.
The governor emphasized that the nation’s recent experience, especially during the lockdown required by the COVID-19 outbreak, has highlighted the need to ensure food safety.
“It is a reminder that now more than ever we need another Operation Feed the Nation (OFN). This time it has to be urgent and with its own initiatives ”, he said.
The governor praised Obasanjo for participating in projects that have helped address the unemployment rate in the state and the country over the years.
He said: “It is important to note that Baba (Obasanjo) did not start his agricultural revolution just yesterday. He is a legend who is fondly remembered for his popular farming program “Operation Feed the Nation (OFN)”, long before Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited.
“That was 45 years ago when I was Head of State, and I was only 38 years old. At that time, Baba had seen that the future of our great country is in agriculture. And even after leaving office, we are pleased that he did not leave the OFN that he started.
“In fact, Chief Obasanjo is still one of the former heads of state in the world who will proudly tell anyone interested in knowing that ‘Agbe ni mi o’. I am a farmer. Certainly not an ordinary farmer, Baba is a very successful farmer. This project is an addition to your vast estate.
“We must also commend Baba’s exemplary attitude of valuing technology, productivity and excellence. These have attracted numerous private sector actors to the agricultural sector, which has saved the African continent from hunger and reduced dependence on foreign countries for our food needs.
In his words, Obasanjo took over the governor for his support for the development of agriculture in the state.
The former president assured that he will continue to contribute his own quota to the development of the agricultural sector in the state and the country as a whole.