Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has begun moves to revive farm settlements established when Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the Premier of the old Western Region.
The governor said the nine farm settlements located across the state had ranches, pigsties, ponds, poultry pens apart from the large expanse of land to grow crops.
Speaking to journalists through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said the farm settlements would be resuscitated to increase the food production capacity of the state and to boost its economy.
The governor said the farm settlements do not belong to Oodua Investments like some people think, saying they were property of the state.
Governor Seyi Makinde who was the Special Guest of Honour at the inauguration of the Southwest chapter of the People’s Democratic Party in United Kingdom answered question raised by Prince Lashley Oladigbolu over how his agricultural policy would generate much expected revenues for the state he maintained that the government is set to follow up the blueprint by rigorously pursuing people’s oriented policy which will barnish poverty and promote economic wellbeing.
Governor Makinde expressed that security and peace in the state will enhance productivity and good results of his administration’s efforts and he further encouraged the people to support government activities.
“I have one request to make of you: never stop talking about the good things we are doing. When good things are not given prominence, the consensus is that only bad things are happening. We cannot allow evil narratives about the PDP or its stakeholders to gain any type of momentum. It is our jobs as worthy ambassadors to shut down such narratives, quickly and definitively.”
Inauguration of the Southwest PDP UK chapter was conducted by the party’s hierarchy headed by the South-West Vice-Chairman of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso and the host of PDP regional executives from Nigeria who thronged the London’ s Holiday Inn Greenwich peninsula.
In his remark, the Chairman of the UK PDP Southwest chapter, Hon Soji Adewusi expressed appreciation to hundreds of Nigerians from the walks of life both home and abroad who witnessed the inauguration and charged that it is high time the party got its mandate back for the people.
The inauguration was witnessed also some executives of the party from Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Edo and Ekiti and Osun states few among whom are Hon Diran Odeyemi, Hon Babs Oduyoye, Yeye Adejoke Suberu, Hon Olagunju Ojo as well as Hon Babatunde Fapounda.
He said, “Oodua Investments is not the owner of the ranches. Western Region owned the farm settlements. They are not ranches but they are farm settlements owned by states where they are located.
“We have nine of them in Oyo State and they are going to be revived. We were in Eruwa three weeks ago and an assurance was given that the over 5,000 hectares located in Ibarapa would be revived with provision of immediate access roads and necessary empowerments.
“The same thing will happen at all the other eight farm settlements which were established by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“The farm settlements are complete packages. Chief Awolowo imported cows from Israel and was going to grow the animal husbandry business there before they fizzled out.
“The ones in the Western Region are not mere ranches. They are complete farm settlements with different segments such as animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry and even piggery.”
At the London event that lasted till late on Saturday, Governor Seyi Makinde had interactive sessions with the gathering where he answered questions and many had opportunity one on one to the governor.
Updated by Lashley Oladigbolu, London
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