By Jon Egie

 

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Hon Richard Asenime speaking immediately after the inauguration.

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has inaugurated the executive committee of the branch of the association in the eight local government areas of Delta Central senatorial district.

The event which held at the Gloxima Gardens Resort, Agbarha Road, Ughelli; Tuesday, June 5, 2018 was witnessed by the National Vice Chairman of the association, Hon Chief Joshua Ajarho, officials of the state ministry of agriculture, DODs of department of agriculture in various local councils and the Delta State chairman of the association, Hon Richard Asenime who administered the oath of office to the executive officers.

Among those who took oath of office were:  Chief J.A. Agabi (Ughelli North), Success Usieva Chaplain (Sapele), Fred Ogbar (Okpe), Chief S.A Agbigbi (Ethiope East), Sir ABU Yeshua (Ughelli South), Mr Festus Abiloko (Ethiope West), Jaho Esther (Udu) and Aresibiro Joshua ABIODUN (Uvwie).

Speaking immediately after the inauguration, the state chairman, Hon Asenime described the event as epochal. While congratulating new entrants to the association he said there was a lot of work at hand to be done pointing out that expected largesse from the government over the years could not come due to swirling litigation.

 

A cross section of the farmers’ leaders taking oath of office.

He charged the exco to realize that all farmers in their areas of operations fall under their purview assuring that all cooperative societies that are agriculturally based will be harnessed and passed over to the LGA exco to oversee.

“We expect to continually receive reports of activities of your office and let the state office of AFAN know your problems and challenges for proper articulation.

“We can succeed when we collaborate with government because government has it all. When you have challenges in your farms let us know so we can mobilize to provide solutions” he said, stressing the need for the association to extend its leadership structure to the ward level where contact with the grassroots farmers can be established.

The state chairman directed heads of all local government area executives to create a data base of farmers in their enclave to enable the state office collate necessary information for planning and arm it in interaction with government and other stakeholders.

 

National Vice Chairma, Hon Adjarho in a hand shake with Hon Asenime after the inauguration.

Earlier, the Vice Chairman, Delta Central, Chief Francis Omo Agege in his welcome address gave kudos to Governor Okowa whose intervention ended the series of litigation that bedeviled the association since 2012.

He called on relevant authorities to regulate the soaring cost of feeds and inputs through favourable policies, provide bridging loans to genuine farmers and step up interaction opportunities between farmers and government.

The National Vice Chairman, Hon Joshua Adjarho in his goodwill message encouraged solidarity of farmers saying that AFAN was one united body. He informed that shortly, the national leadership of the association shall visit Delta State to inaugurate the state executive as soon as inauguration of the three senatorial districts was concluded.