Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards boosting the economy of the state through agriculture, noting that plans are underway to commercialize the state’s agriculture sector.
Speaking while inaugurating the governing council of the College of Agriculture and Technology, Isan-Ekiti, Governor Fayemi revealed that the state was fashioning ways to financially empower smallholder farmers in Ekiti, in a bid to ensure that the food security goal is achieved.
In his words, “It is a common knowledge that Ekiti is an agrarian state. Therefore, it is not by happenstance that agriculture and rural development is one of the five pillars of our administration. As a government, we are walking the talk in the agriculture sector with the aim of ensuring food security and financially empowering our farmers.”
Fayemi also disclosed that his government has collaborated with Promasidor and Dangote Farms to ameliorate the state’s agriculture sector, while also calling for the private sector’s investment in the state.
He divulged that the state’s agriculture drive was what informed the implementation of the College of Agriculture and Technology. He said the college is positioned to train youths in agriculture, so they can utilize the knowledge and skills they have acquired for the good of the state.
“The dream and aspiration to have a College of Agriculture and Technology in our dear state have been resuscitated and this has been made possible through the Re-enactment Act of 2019 which resuscitated the school. It gladdens my heart that the college commenced operation on September 4, 2019, and it is gradually afoot with remarkable progress,” he added.
The Governor further urged the governing council members to stay creative and committed to adding value to the college, and also act on their duties with responsibility, diligence, fairness, and honesty. He stated that their appointment was a call to service and not “a call to keep up appearances at the detriment of the college and the state”.