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Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has stated his administration’s commitment to improving the agricultural sector so as to ensure food security and prosperity for all Deltans.
Senator Okowa stated this today (24-10-16) in Asaba when he received on courtesy visit Mr. Dick Hanekom, The Chief Executive Officer, and management of Multi-National Agricultural firm (Reshaping Agriculture In Africa) who recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] with the state government on the establishment of commercial agricultural venture
He said his administration was committed to partner with private sector to improve agro-business in the state so as to improve food security and provide job opportunity for Deltans.
The governor explained that the project was in line with his administration’s SMART agenda of diversifying the economy and proving prosperity for all Deltans saying “l appreciate this initiative, my administration is committed towards growing the agricultural sector to create jobs for our youths, feed our people and l will provide an enabling environment for any investor that is ready to help the state grow”
Senator Okowa said that government would provide the enabling environment including land for the project and mandated the newly set up Land Acquisition Committee chaired by the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Chief Dan Okenyi to work with them.
“The state government have signed different MOUs with investors in the Housing, Infrastructure, Health and Agricultural sectors in the past to help grow the economy of the state, some of these projects have started and we are attracting more reliable investors that will work with us in developing the state and improving the wellbeing of Deltans.”
MR. Dick Hanekom, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Company, said that his firm was into commercial farming and they were in the state to help improve the agricultural sector especially in areas of comparative advantage like rice, maize, vegetable and cassava.
” This project will provide jobs for the people, ensure food security and enable the state to export food produce, we intend to begin the project in 2017”, he said, adding “we are assuring the state government that this project will benefit Deltans.”