AGRICULTURE, CAPABLE OF EARNING EXPORT REVENUE FOR OYO STATE – BISHOP AJETUMOBI

The Bishop of Ibadan south Diocese(Anglican Communion) the Rt. Revd. Jacob AdemolaAjetumobi has commended the federal government under the leadership of President MuhammaduBuhari for tackling the headlong problem of insecurity of lives and properties since he took over the reins of power as president.

Bishop Ajetumobi gave this commendation in a communiqué issued at the end of the 1st session of the 6th synod of the held at the cathedral church of Saint David Kudeti, Ibadan. He called the attention of Mr President to infrastructural deficit and unprecedented youth employment which he said has escalated to a frightening dimension because of insurgency and economic mismanagement.

Bishop Ajetumobi urges the new civilian administration to patiently run the gigantic race before her to be able to navigate the ship of the Nigerian nation to the Promised Land.

The synod congratulated the re-elected governor of Oyo state for a second term and enjoined governor AbiolaAjimobi to ensure that the peace loving citizens of the agrarian state enjoy the dividends of democracy so as to justify the confidence of the overwhelming majority of the masses of the state who voted him into office. Synod notes with admiration the incentives provided by government on mass transit for the citizenry and hope this gesture will continue. Synod however feels uncomfortable on the plight of the state government workers with non-payment of salaries for many months adding that payment of workers emolument should be treated as priority.

The 1st session of the 6th synod notes with dismay the rate at which agricultural produce are wasted, particularly at the peak of harvest season thereby advising the Oyo state government to aggressively engage in public private partnership so that small and medium scale enterprises in food processing could reduce the wastage to the barest minimum, curtailing unemployment and significantly enhancing the economic wellbeing of rural farmers.

It recalls with pride the era of farm settlements in the old western region, adding that if the scheme is properly implemented it could considerably reduce rural/urban drift and also encourage school leavers to take farming as a business and therefore a career.

It enjoined the state government to pay more attention to the state agricultural development programme so that extension personnel could carry information on improved farming practices to rural farmers more regularly.

Synod appreciates the efforts of government to reduce infrastructural deficit in the state, especially through massive road reconstruction and rehabilitation adding that similar efforts should be geared towards rehabilitation of rural roads which are currently hampering transportation of agricultural produce from most villages noting that if integrated rural development is given high priority Oyo state will in no distant future become the food basket of Nigeria nation and possibly earn substantial revenue through food export to the west African sub region and even beyond.

The theme of the 1st session of the 6th synod is ‘let us run with patience the race that is set before us’’.

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