BY DAVID DARI
The traditional ruler of Toni Chiefdom in Kokona local government area of Nasarawa State, HRH Lawrence Sylvester Ayih ll, has said that the establishment of an agro investment by Nigeria Famers Group and Cooperative Society at Ga’ate in the local government area will reduce youth idleness and will increase the economy of both Nasarawa State and Federal Governments.
HRH Ayih ll who made the assertion in an exclusive interview with our correspondent when Vice President Yemi Osibanjo visited the multi-million naira farm, recently, said the initiators of the farm adopted the country’s agitation for state of emergency in agricultural sector.
He called on willing investors to come and invest in Nasarawa State and Kokona local government area due to the vast land that can accommodate establishment of choice investments as well as the presence of peace in the area.
In his words: “In fact, this is what the country has been agitating for; declaration of state of emergency in the agricultural sector. This farm has been here for the past two years and I am part of them.
“They started the project when my late father was on throne. He made me to be with them to actually know what they were doing here, which I always reported back to him.
“After his demised, I came on board as his successor and I continued collaborating with them, because I find their gesture to be very worthy. This kind of project will bring youths out of idleness, so many crimes will be reduced to the minimal and the economy of this country and Nasarawa State will increase tremendously”.
He urged wealthy people of Nasarawa State to emulate the virtues of the initiators of the investment under the leadership of the National coordinator/Managing Director of the farm, Mr. Tedheke Retson in order to promote food production in the country and to arrest hunger in totality.
“I feel very happy and excited at this time for the vice president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo and our dear governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule to be here in my chiefdom.”