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By Kingsley Abavo

 

Godwin Obaseki, Edo state governor

Godwin Obaseki, Edo state governor

In demonstration of his administration’s readiness to fulfill his electioneering campaign promises to create jobs and industrialize the state, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki Thursday last week inaugurated two separate committees.

The Committees are Agriculture Committee which has Chief Osaro Idah to kick starts his administration’s agricultural empowerment programme, which is expected to generate between 50,000 and 80,000 jobs.

The Technical Committee on the development of Gelegele Seaport which has Engr. Greg Ero as Chairman is expected to come up with a master plan for the development of the port.

Governor Obaseki while inaugurating the agriculture committee, expressed optimism that the agricultural empowerment programme will generate between 50,000 to 80,000 jobs.

He explained that the committee was constituted to ensure that his administration begins some of its agricultural activities before the next cropping season.

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According to the Governor, the empowerment programme would focus on four key areas which include 5,000 hectares of maize, 10, 000 hectares of green house for vegetables and tomatoes, 4,000 hectares of piggery as well as provide support to 3,000 cocoa farmers to improve their yields for this season.

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“This is an advocacy committee which we expect to kick start the agriculture mandate as contained in my electioneering campaign. We will soon constitute a full committee to look holistically at our agricultural initiative.

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“We cannot wait given that we are in a race against time. We want to ensure that we begin some of our agricultural activities before the next cropping season. We want this committee to help government think through very quickly, identity specific project we must begin to implement immediately. We have three months of dry season to make all the preparation required before the rains come in”, Governor Obaseki said.

Also inaugurating the committee on the development of Gelegele Seaport, the Governor said the development of the port was necessary and non negotiable for the development of the state.