The Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has lauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari on Agricultural development in the country.
Arakunrin Akeredolu spoke on Tuesday at the official launch of Ekiti Rice Pyramid Project and flag-off of the 2021 Wet season rice cultivation held at the Ekiti Parapo Pavillon, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Governor Akeredolu also hailed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the leadership of Gov. Godwin Emefiele for the various supports given to farmers and agriculture development across the nation. While felicitating with the people of the state, he said Ekiti State has always been known for rice production even though it has been overtaken by Lagos and Ogun States in the Southwest.
Arakunrin Akeredolu also noted that no stone will be left unturned in the development of agriculture in the Southwest, adding that all the Governors in the region are committed to the vision.
According to the press statement dated 18th of May, 2021 and duly signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State, Mr Richard Olatunde, made available to 9JAFOCUS, the Governor said: “We are proud of Dr. John Kayode Fayemi. I felicitate with you and the good people of Ekiti State. Today is a day that all of you should be proud of. Ekiti has always been known for rice production, we were known for rice before Lagos and Ogun, But they are now ahead of Ekiti and I am sure Ekiti is coming with full force now.
“I want to commend the efforts of our President, Muhammadu Buhari, you can’t take this away from him. When it comes to agriculture development, you can’t take it away from him. We won’t get to this level if not for Mr President.
“The CBN Governor, your support for agriculture has been fruitful. The anchor borrower programme has been effective during your time. CBN under your watch has done very well.”
Arakunrin Akeredolu, who identified land clearing as a major problem facing agriculture in the region, called on the CBN to also assist the states in tackling the challenges.
Governors at the event include Kebbi State Governor and Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar; Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola; CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and other dignitaries.