Food Tsecurity: OYSG To Revoke Ownership Of Unused Fertile Land


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday declared that the state government is ready to take over unused fertile farming land found across the state for use to boost food production.
The governor who said this while speaking at the town hall meeting held for the people of Oyo and Ogbomoso zones in Oyo Town, added that the state would leverage on its position as the largest producer of cassava to boost its internally generated revenue through agriculture and ensure that there is enough food for the people of the state.
According to the governor, the state government would revoke the ownership of any unused fertile land for agriculture and as well distribute the 210 hectares at Rural Community Development Centre (RCDC), Awe, Oyo Town, to farmers to boost food production in the state.
“Oyo state is the largest producer of cassava in the country. We have many unused fertile land for farming. I want to appeal to our people to release these lands for those that need it for farming to boost agricultural produce in the state. We are ready to revoke any unused lands and give it to farmers for use. We are ready to also share the 210 hectares of land at RCDC Awe, Oyo Town for the use of our farmers” he said.
Speaking further, Governor Ajimobi insisted that there will be no going back on the conduct of local government elections in Oyo state in February 2017, despite petitions that the newly created LCDAs in the state were not perfect as the government has started considering petitions received with a view to make necessary adjustments.
Declaring that the state government has raised a committee “to look into genuine complaints from the LCDAs creation,” he pointed out that the state created the 35 Local Council Development Areas to further deepen the dividends of democracy to the people, emphasizing
“We realized that we need to further deepen the dividends of our government and that is why we created the LCDAs. If we started from the scratch, it will take time. We know the creation is not perfect but we are ready to make necessary adjustments. We are being guided by the principles of fairness to all, we are going to follow the federal government approved map for the state and we will follow the constitution of the land in redressing the grievances from the LCDAs creation”.
The town hall meeting was attended by traditional rulers, community, religious and party leaders, Cultural and ethnic groups, religious bodies, youths and faith based organisations, students from Secondary Schools and higher institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations, Labour leaders, politicians among others.


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