By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Wednesday faulted the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration’s policy on agriculture in the state
Engineer Makinde according to a statement issued by his campaign organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, stated that all the agricultural policies of the Oyo State Government under Governor Ajimobi could best be described as a ruse which cannot guarantee the state self sufficiency in food and cash crops production.
Specifically, the PDP governorship candidate who was hosting PDP members from across the state who came to congratulate him on his election as the party’s flagbearer said the Agricultural Summit organised by the state government scheduled to kick off today (Thursday) was another way by the present administration in the state to waste its resources.
According to Engineer Makinde, the agricultural summit is an irrelevant extravaganza borne out of lack of political will and creativity because similar talk shops have taken place at Iseyin, Ibadan and Awe which were heralded with fanfare in the past six years with nothing to show for it.
The PDP governorship candidate pointed out that it was unfortunate that the present administration in Oyo state during its past Summit, promised to provide 3 million jobs through what it called Youth Empowerment in Agric Programme (YEAP) and enhance the status of Oke Ogun as the food basket of Oyo State but that as at present, “none of these promises came to reality with the roads in Oke Ogun getting worse and the area suffering neglect like never before
Engineer Makinde emphasized that ” it is quite worrisome that the 7 years of APC in the state failed to develop agriculture sector which should be the mainstay of the state economy, adding that, instead of spending millions of naira and collecting more from corporate Sponsors which will end up in private pockets, government should have assisted farmers through accessible, payable interest credit facilities and give technical support for production and warehousing.
Engineer Makinde however promised that “his administration will give heavy financial backing for Afro processing targeting the youths and build processing clusters in the three senatorial districts in the state and resuscitate moribound extension services”.