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Oyo six times bigger than Lagos productively, says gov

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi flanked by Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi (left) and Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji; during an agricultural stakeholders’ forum involving 28 local councils of the state in Ibadan.

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi flanked by Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi (left) and Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji; during an agricultural stakeholders’ forum involving 28 local councils of the state in Ibadan.

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said his state is six times bigger than Lagos State in terms of arable lands with a corresponding figure vis-à-vis location of research and related institutes across the federation.

He noted that the state, should as such, capitalise on the advantage of its vast resources to be the true food basket of the South West geo-political region.

Consequently, the state government solicits support of traditional rulers and local council chairmen in its efforts stimulate more investments in the agricultural sector.

At a meeting yesterday in Ibadan, Ajimobi decried the dwindling economy, noting that his state which hitherto received about five billion naira now gets roughly N2 billion.

He added that the state does not have any choice other than to go back to the land, for increase in food production in order to survive.

The governor who further revealed that the state had 28,555 km square metres of land, however, called on traditional rulers, civil servants, students, corporate organisations and other stakeholders to, as a matter of concern, support government in generating more money in this era of declining oil prices.

The state chief executive also declared that about 100 hectares of farmlands would be acquired in each of the 33 local councils of the state for food production projects.

While appealing to workers in the state to exercise more patience with government, Ajimobi implored them to find ways of generating more money internally, to execute the ongoing and new projects in the state.

The governor also remarked that while the earlier agreement with labour was to expend 90 per cent of federal allocations on payment of salaries and wages, however, expressed shock that same labour demanded that they be additionally compensated with internally generated revenue (IGR), saying such would halt execution of key projects in the state.



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