The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said that the Federal Government’s commitment to agriculture will reposition Nigeria’s economy for sustainable development.
He said the agricultural programme of the Federal Government was a focal point for diversification of the Nigerian economy.
He spoke during the yearly sallah homage by the Chairman, Kwara State Traditional Council, who is also the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, at the Government House, Ilorin.
According to a statement on Sunday by Ahmed’s Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, the governor further said youths in the state had embraced agriculture following the commencement of sustainable agricultural programme under the Off-Taker Demand Driven Scheme by the state.
He said the scheme was introduced with the determination to translate it into wealth creation for the teaming youths.
Ahmed also urged local government transition implementation committees in the state and the incoming local governments to embrace agriculture as a major economic activity for driving the economic affairs of their areas.
He noted that reliance on federation allocation and 10 per cent state internally generated revenue was no longer enough to support activities in the councils.
Ahmed said, “Our administration would continue to serve its people in terms of human capital development and provision of sustainable infrastructure across the state. The road construction programme will resume immediately after the rainy season.”
Earlier, the emir enjoined the people to live in peace and harmony, love and tolerate one another.