By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has reiterated his administration’s resolve to continue to partner with the Federal Government to promote growth and development at both state and local government levels.
He said, “We want to assure that we respecters of the federal government, we cannot succeed without the federal government, and we are ready to partner with the federal government irrespective of our party differences”.
The Governor was speaking Friday while receiving the minister of state for agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri during a courtesy visit to Bauchi, saying, “As a federalist, I know the vintage of the federal government, don’t hesitate to call me on any support you need from us, agriculture is very critical to us”.
He told the Minister that the rural roads to be constructed in rural areas of Bauchi by his Ministry will go in tandem with the state relationship with the World Bank poised to build 300 km of roads under the RAM program.
Bala said that an investor in the agriculture sector has already established a Ricemill in Bauchi, being one of the rice producing states in the country, as 10, 000 hectres of land was given to the investor to start integrated paddy rice production, as well as other products.
According to him, Bauchi has come up with robust agricultural policy which captures some crops hence, what the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development is doing in Bauchi would ginger the state government’s efforts in the sector.
Minister Mustapha Shehuri has earlier said that he was on tour across the states of the federation to assess situations in the agricultural sector after the year 2020 COVID-19 pandemic
Shehuri explained that his ministry has the responsibility to promote and optimize agriculture nationwide, and integrate rural development to transform Nigerian economy in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari, to produce what we eat
Minister Baba Shehuri stated that his ministry is geared to accelerate food security, provide raw materials and create jobs for the youths, women and the vulnerable in the Nigerian society.
He gave the assurance that the federal government will continue to adequately support farmers in areas of extension services, good quality seeds, fertilizers, agro-chemicals, small scale equipment and other necessary inputs to boost production.
Shehuri recalled that during the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers across the country received massive support from the federal government in terms of funding especially in the provision of small scale equipment and extension services outreach across the states.
The minister disclosed that his ministry has so far established 234 paddy rice centres across the country, out of which five were in Bauchi, revealing further that five million jobs were aggregated to integrate youths, women and the vulnerable.
“The Federal Government has deployed one million youths to serve as village extension agents. In Bauchi state over 15, 000 youths were already employed to serve as enumerators”, Minister Shehuri concluded.