Ogun Gov. Inaugurates Aquaculture Hub, Says Agro-Allied Airport Underway
The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has inaugurated Agbeloba Aquaculture Hub in Owiwi and disclosed plans by his administration to have an agro-allied based airport to aid the development of the state as a destination of choice for agriculture in Nigeria.
While speaking at the inauguration of Agbeloba Aquaculture Hub in Owiwi, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state, Abiodun said that the agricultural sector still remains a sure way out of poverty and unemployment ravaging the country. The project is being promoted by a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
He said: “We are looking at having an agro-allied airport from which agro produce like what we have here can be airfreighted outside the country and still get to other destinations fresh. We are looking at this kind of thing that will complement all that we are doing.
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“We, as a government, believe in what Baba (Obasanjo) is doing and we will continue to advocate for this because we see ourselves as fast becoming the breadbasket of this nation.
“We believe in this project, we believe that agriculture is a way out of poverty and unemployment. We believe that we can actually grow what we eat and what we grow and we want to commend former President Olusegun Obasanjo for continuously and tirelessly walking the talk.”
The governor said that his administration was confident that the bid to make the state a special agro-processing zone would soon become a reality and also noted that at least 5,000 young people in the state would receive mentoring, support, and linkage to profitable agro-investment firms, in the coming year.
The governor lauded Obasanjo for engaging in projects that have helped to tackle the rate of unemployment in the state and the country over the years.
“It is important to note that Baba (Obasanjo) did not start his agricultural revolution just yesterday. He is a legend who is fondly remembered for his popular ‘Operation Feed the Nation (OFN)’ Agricultural Programme, long before Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited.
“That was 45 years ago when he was Head of State, and aged only 38. At that time, Baba had seen that the future of our great country lies in agriculture. And, even after leaving office, we are pleased that he did not abandon the OFN he initiated.
“In fact, Chief Obasanjo remains one of the former heads of state in the world who will proudly tell anybody who cares to know that ‘Agbe ni mi o’. I am a farmer. No doubt, he is not a run-of-the mill farmer, he is a very successful farmer. This project is an addition to his vast farm estate.
The former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in his remark appreciated the governor for his support towards the development of agriculture in the state and assured that he would continue to contribute his own quota to the development of the sector in the state and the country as at large.