Why agriculture will be the bedrock of my economic policies-Obaseki
BENIN CITY-THE Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki says if elected governor, he will not rely on the monthly Federal allocation accrued to the state in the running of his government rather he will explore the agricultural potentials of the state and the rich lime stone deposits in Edo North to boost the economy of the state.
Speaking at Amedokhian, Uromi, in Esan North East Local Government Area of the state weekend, Obaseki noted that his administration will develop the agricultural sector by investing heavily into it because “we are blessed with lime stone and rich soils for agriculture because that agriculture is the key to resuscitate our economy in Edo state.
The APC candidate pointed out that the fall in crude oil price is a reminder for any good administrator that “this is the time to develop our agric sector .If voted into office, my administration will give the sector the attention it needs because it holds the key to sustainable economic regeneration and continuous employment creation in the state.
According to him, "We all know that crude oil has been the major backbone of our economy. We also know that right now its price has fallen drastically. What we need to know is that developing the Agric sector is key to rebooting our economy. We will do this by investing heavily on the hugely untapped agricultural potentials all over the state. By investing in the sector, the state will not only put its economy on the path of sustainable growth and feed its people, it will also boost our employment capacity".
According to him, what is required is the political will to do the needful. He assured that if voted into office, the people of the state will be glad that they did because he has the wherewithal, both in investment and the political will to do the needful.
"Edo state is blessed with land that is very suitable for large scale farming. If voted into office, my administration will place high premium on the development of the sector through continuous investment so that the state can feed the people, increase its economic profile and put thousands of people in employment. I have promised to deliver over 200,000 jobs within my administration's first four years.
"It is not rocket science but a simple determination to do the needful. I am specialist in investment and the good news is that each community in the state is blessed with so much agricultural potentials that if well harnessed, the sky is our limit in terms of food sufficiency, economic growth and employment generation”.