Lagos Will Continue To Support Initiatives That Encourage Food Security, Engage Youths – Gov. Ambode
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has pledged the commitment of its government to initiatives that encourage food production and productively engaged the youths of the state.
He made this pledge on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the commissioning of the Agricultural Equipment Hiring Enterprise (AEHE) centre at Odogunyan, Ikorodu.
Four tractors, 1 rice harvester (including other cereal crops) and 2 tipping trailers were commissioned at the centre for the use of farmers in Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry axis of the state.
According to the Governor who was represented at the commissioning by Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives, the commissioning of the centre would not only address the food security in the state but also make youths to be interested in farming.
“I pledge the commitment of the Lagos State Government to continue to support initiatives that will encourage youths to productively participate in economic development. These equipment meant for food production are youth friendly and willnot only be helping in addressing the issue of food security but also the challenge of youth unemployment in the country” ,Ambode assured.
“The commissioning of this Agricultural Equipment Hiring Enterprise (AEHE) Centre is a significant milestone towards achieving food security in Lagos State through improved access to farm machinery and equipment” ,he added.
“The Centre is aimed at increasing the capacity of service providers in providing affordable and sustainable mechanized service to farmers across the state. It was borne out of our resolve to look inward in finding solution to our food challenges through strategic partnership and engagement of private sector participation” ,he enjoined farmers.
“This newly established Agricultural Equipment Enterprise (AEHE) Centre will complement the exiting State Government-owned functional Tractor Hiring Units (THUS) in each of the five (5) divisions of the State.”
“It will also reduce drudgery in Agriculture; increase farm land under cultivation; promote competition and value for money for our farmers and sustain their interest in Agriculture” ,he stated.
“I congratulate the Federated FADAMA Community Association, particularly the youths ,and challenged them to make judicious use of this golden opportunities. The State will continue to support associations along this enterprise line for them to attain their potentials”, the Governor assured.
In an interview with the Centre’s manager, Mr Opeyemi Alabi, he stated that the primary purpose of the facility is to improve food security in Lagos State.
According to the manager, “One tractor is dedicated to Ikoodu, Itoikin/Epe and Badagry axis, while the fourth tractor would be at the centre in Ikorodu ready to be deployed to any part of the axis when the need arises” ,he explained.
He also stated that farmers can benefit through the Federated FADAMA Community, which is a cluster of farmers cooperatives in 23 councils in Lagos State or as an individual with large farmland.