Ogun Sets to Create Mega Rice Project, To Make Imeko Afon Nigeria’s Bread Basket
Ogun State government has unveiled a plan to make Yewa north axis of the state the Nigeria’s bread basket
For a start, it is finalizing arrangement to create a 20,000 hectare rice plantation to be equipped with Nigeria’s largest rice processing plant, in Imeko Afon axis of the state.
Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the project, while inaugurating the first phase of the 21 kilometer Iboro-Imasayi-igan Okoto road project in the Yewa North Local Government Area.
The governor is optimistic that the project on its completion would make Imeko Afon axis the rice capital of Nigeria.
He asked the paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, to liase with other traditional rulers in the area to provide land for the project within the next two weeks.
Abiodun said some local and foreign investors have indicated interests in partnering with the state project
The governor on Wednesday also flag off the second phase of the 14 kilometer of the Iboro-igan Ikoto road project, promised it would be completed in due time to connect Ayetoro.
The statement reads, “Yewa North and Imeko/Afon local government areas are known for their agricultural potentials and one of my legacies will be to leave these council areas and have them defined truly as the food baskets of not just this state, but for the entire country.
“I had spoken with the Head of Service. I have also spoken with Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, to challenge all the traditional rulers in Yewaland that we are looking for a 20,000 hectres of land
“We want to turn this part of Yewaland into a rice capital of Nigeria. We already have the investors that love the responses to turn this place into the rice development and rice processing center in Nigeria and I am deeply committed to that as such will be one of the legacies of my administration.
“Therefore, I am throwing it back to you Kabiyesi, go and help us look for land between now and the next two weeks.
“Government is not putting a dime into it, but will just be providing the needed enabling environment for the investors to turn this place into a rice capital of Nigeria.”
“This is in line with our Public Private Partnership (PPP) agenda. We will lift up the economic prosperity of this place; it will trickle down to individual prosperity and the lives of our people will never be the same again.” he added