Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that the nation’s agriculture sector is functional because of the background of the Ministers of Agriculture who were key members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before defecting to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
Declaring open the 42nd Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development, Governor Wike said the foresight and national view being exhibited by Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri proved that they imbibed the culture of service while they were PDP members.
“Agriculture is working because they have good ministers from a sound background. The minister of Agriculture was a former national chairman of PDP, while the minister of state for Agriculture was a senator under the PDP. Their background has helped them.
“You can see the kind of products that PDP has. We have sent them on sabbatical to help other people. When children are productive, you ask who are their parents?
“We have products who received good upbringing. Their parents, the PDP, gave them quality parenting.”
On the development of agriculture in Rivers State, Governor Wike said the state government would take full advantage of the Federal Government agriculture initiatives including the commercial agricultural credit scheme and the Anchor Borrowers programme.
He said his administration would galvanise the state into becoming a major player in the agriculture sector, stressing that his administration would review its agricultural policy for the development of the sector.
“In Rivers State, government has, over the years, channelled enormous public funds into the development of agriculture without measurable outcomes.
“For this reason, we have decided to review our agricultural policies and programmes to ensure that efforts, funds and inputs are not wasted for the sake of political expediency, as it has been the case the past.
Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly has given kudos to Governor Wike, for his commitment in developing infrastructure in the education sector.
The Assembly also commended the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, for keying into Governor Wike’s vision to give education a priority.
Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Farah Dagogo, made the commendation when members of the committee visited the ministry in the discharge of their constitutional oversight function.
Responding, Ebeku, thanked the committee for the visit and outlined the achievements recorded by the ministry since the current administration came to power.
At the end of an interactive session, the commissioner took the committee to Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta, which is one of the pilot schools the governor has positioned to return to full boarding status in the coming academic year.