Thursday, 14 February 2013

State Government To Carry Out 10,000 Hectare of Agricultural Farm Project At Oyigbo LG

Gov. Amaechi
By Chioma Andy
Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said his administration is ready to establish an agricultural farm project on 10,000 hectares of land at Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State, if the council and the people provide the land.  
Amaechi said this on Wednesday, 13th February, 2013 while having a meeting with the people of Oyigbo Local Government Area at the Town Hall in Afam, the Oyigbo Council Headquarters.
He said that the move was to increase food production in the state and provision of employment for the people of the community.

 “I want Oyigbo people to give me 10,000 hectares of land and I will give you an agricultural project that will employ people here.  The first step to solving economic crisis especially crime, is to provide people with a source of livelihood. Unskilled labour, that is, those who did not go to school constitute the highest number of the population, and the easiest way to engage them is to look at the area of agriculture," the Governor said.
Amaechi also disclosed that the Model Secondary School in Oyigbo being built by his administration will be ready for academic activities in the later part of the year.

Speaking on the projects that state government was carrying out in the council, he said, “I heard the Chairman say we should complete the secondary school. By September this year, just like we have opened Eleme Secondary School, we would open the secondary school in Oyigbo.  It is just the hostels and the staff quarters that we need to finish work on”.

On the area of unsteady and irregular power supply in the community, governor promised to get to the root of the matter so that adequate power supply would be restored to them.
“You know we are working on power in Port Harcourt, one assurance I will give you is that I will direct them to come to Oyigbo and find out why you do not have light. You know I am not a specialist in power.
Give us one month now because they are working in Port Harcourt right now but I will pull some of them out to come and see why you do not have light in Oyigbo and give you light,” the governor assured them.

Amaechi also highlighted some of the completed projects in the community by his administration as construction of some internal roads in Oyigbo Local Government Area: Anambra, Ijeoma Andy, Oga Imo, Obuchi roads among other internal roads where work was ongoing.

He mentioned others to include Community Primary School, Obeakpu, Community Primary School, Egburu, Community Primary School, Ayama, Community Primary School, Oyigbo North, Primary School, Oyigbo, Community Primary School, Obeama, State School, Oyigbo West, State School Okpontu, with two recently at AjuoNdoki and Okoloba.

He promised to build one model primary healthcare centre in Afam to provide healthcare services for the people of the community.

The governor pointed out that education at the primary and secondary school levels are free and gave instruction for suspension of school principals found to have collected any form of fees from pupils and students.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Hon. Prince Uche Felix Nwaeke, noted that Governor Amaechi’s administrative policies have had positive impact on all Rivers people.

“Your Excellency, you have positively impacted the lives of Rivers people, including Oyigbo Local Government Area.  Our people are therefore resolute in identifying with your giant strides and offer to continue lending their support and commitment to your efforts towards the enthronement of true democracy and the development of basic infrastructures needed for the emergence of a greater Rivers State.  Your programmes and projects are significant and monumental,” Nwaeke said.

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