26 June 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
Taraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku says his administration remains resolute in repositioning agriculture as the bedrock of the state’s economy.
Gov Ishaku stated this during the inauguration of the Governing Council of the College of Agriculture and swearing in of the chairman and members of the State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC, in the Government House, Jalingo.
He said inspite of the challenges posed by insecurity and communal crises in the state, his administration had made significant progress in repositioning agriculture as a lucrative enterprise.
The governor explained that many people in the state are now into farming business on various scales which made the State to join the league of major producers of rice, maize, beniseed, soya beans and cassava, among others.
Gov Ishaku expressed joy that due to efforts by his administration in promoting agriculture the State is now contributing substantially to the food needs of the country.
According to Ishaku the ultimate goal of the state was to produce enough rice to meet the needs of the country and save the country the huge expenditure on importation.
He therefore assured that his administration would assist farmers to secure financial assistance from local and international financial institutions to boost food production.
Gov Ishaku appealed to the Governing Council of the College of Agriculture to key into these policies for speedy results.
He advised the Council to come up with innovative ideas that can help farmers become more productive.
The Governing Council of the institution is headed by Dr Muhammed Shatta, a former minister.
Addressing the board of SIEC, Ishaku praised the organisation for consistently asserting its independence and conducting elections that were free, fair and credible.
He urged the commission to remain focused and not be distracted by false accusations.
The board of SIEC, headed by Dr Phillip Duwe who responded on behalf of the two boards promised not to disappoint the Governor in the discharge of their duties.