KOGI State government said necessary machinery were being put in place for the establishment of six farm settlements across the three senatorial districts of the state. Special adviser to the governor on Local Government Affairs, Mr Abubakar Ohere dropped this hint on Thursday in Lokoja, while addressing the administrators of 21 local government councils in the state on the new direction agenda of the state government. Ohere noted that farmers in the settlements would be encouraged to embark on mechanised farming and be provided with extension services to ensure food sufficiency in the state. He added that the proposed farm settlements were being initiated in response to Governor Yahaya Bello’s desire to use agriculture to create jobs and wealth for the people of the state, especially the youths. Shedding more light, he said farmers that would be engaged under the scheme would also be trained on how to handle simple farming tools. The special adviser explained further that the farming tools would be fabricated locally to save money and be sold to farmers at subsidised rates. He said that 252 sheabutter farmers selected across the local government councils would be going for a capacity building train the trainers workshop in Minna, Niger State, in the next few weeks. He further disclosed that all the local government councils inherited a loan of N4 billion from the previous administrations but that the state government was taking steps to ensure that this did not impede service delivery to the people at the grassroots. Ohere therefore charged the council administrators to ensure effective implementation of the new direction blueprint through quality leadership and good governance, saying that government would not entertain failure from any of them. In response, chairman of the state chapter of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Mr Taufiq Isa assured that the administrators would implement the quick win areas in the New Direction Agenda of the state government to the benefit of the people of the state.

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