Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Osun Budget Defense: Adewole Emphasizes Provision for Sustainable PPP to Facilitate IGR

The State of Osun House of Assembly has on Monday, 2nd of December, 2019, completed the consideration of budget estimates for the agricultural sector, when the state commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Hon.Adedayo Adewole personally led the process of year 2020 budget defence at the hallowed chamber of the State Assembly with the coordinators of departments and managers of agencies.

The Chairman of the House committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Taiwo Adebayo Olodo, urged the commissioner to ensure that the ministry contributes immensely to the economic development of the state.

Responding to questions from the honorable members, Hon. Adewole said that the previous administration was into offering farmers and not generating IGR, many of the things that were given to farmers were subsidized and not looking to recoup the money back, but on the contrary, the present administration is looking into generating IGR but in the process shall also be helping our farmers.

"We are also into Private Public Partnership with investors. We are looking at how farmers will be processing the rice they are producing, We are having people that are coming for cassava processing and we are looking to move this to join our farm settlements and how our local farmers should be able to gain from this. On protection of the government's agricultural investments, we shall be launching the Agro-Rangers, we are looking to work with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the farm settlements will have Agro-Rangers who will be stationed at our different farm settlements. Another good thing is that we have an investor that wants to build estate on the farm settlements, when we talk about creating jobs for our young farmers in the rural areas, we need to provide security on the settlements.". The commissioner said.

Speaking to the press after the appearance, Dayo Adewole assured the members of the public that the State of Osun governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, has the love of the citizens on his mind, so the package in the 2020 budget is going to be of great benefits to them and that there are good signs that investors shall be coming to invest in Osun Agricultural sector.

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