ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
Ahead of the November 2, 2019 governorship election in kogi state, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim Idris has declared that if elected , his government will place emphasis on Agriculture to creating jobs for the unemployment youths and to generate wealth for the state.
Abubakar, who is the son of the former governor of the state Alhaji Ibrahim Idris is seeking to rule the state on the platform of the PDP stated this Thursday in Lokoja at the ongoing media parley organised by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kogi state council
The governorship aspirant who is an Agriculturist noted that he would work assiduously to add value to agricultural produce,to creating jobs for the unemployed youths and to growing the internally generated revenue ( IGR).
He added that the state is blessed with both human and mineral resources which if properly tapped will make kogi the leading state in the federation
He noted that kogi is blessed with abundant arable land stressing that the three senatorial zones have crops with comparative advantage that need government massive investment.
According to him” Kogi East has comparative advantage on Cashew. The state will partner with investors , give them tax incentives , ask them to employ our people . And as the investors inflow increases government will make money.
” It is unfortunate though, that kogi east is the leading cashew producer in the country ,which generate about 70% of revenue from cashew in the country, it only exported on the nuts without adding value.
” When we come on board, we will lift it from just exporting the raw material to invest in the full value chain of establishing industries that will do sorting and processing which create more jobs and earn more foreign exchange.
” We will make kogi the hub of agricultural products in the country. We will revamp existing dams and create new ones across the state . At the side f the dams we will build ponds give them to the youths to manage . We will irrigate the dams for farmers for all seasons farming. We will ensure that Agriculture become the mainstay of the state economy.” He vowed.
Abubakar assured the people of his commitment to run people oriented administration stressing that he will change the narratives of Kogi State of not being able to pay salaries.
While calling on the women to support his ambition said no nation developed without the active participation of women promised to give them opportunities to contribute their quota to develop the state.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of NUJ Kogi State council, Alhaji Momohjimoh Adeiza commended Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim for honouring the invitation.
According to Adeiza, the media parley offers aspirants the golden opportunity to showcase themselves and to tell the people of the state their programmes and what they intend to do for the people when elected.
The Chairman assured aspirants that the journalists would be unbiased in their reportage, saying that the press has the constitutional responsibility of setting agenda for those who aspired to lead and to adequately inform the people so as to make informed