Kogi to Cultivate 7,000 Hectares of Farmland

16th May 2024

The Kogi State Government has said 7,000 hectares of farmland had been prepared to cultivate various crops in the coming farming season.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Ismail Lsah, on Thursday in Lokoja, the state capital.

The statement noted that Ododo was in Abuja to brief President Bola Tinubu on the state of affairs in Kogi State, saying, “The Governor used the opportunity to highlight activities of his administration in the agricultural sector including the census of farmers across the 21 Local Government Areas in the state.”

Ododo, according to the statement, added that “recovery and refurbishment of over 200 tractors were now being deployed at the commencement of the new farming season to farmers focusing on different crop production as well as the preparation of over 7,000 hectares of farmland now ready for cultivation as part of efforts to ensure food security in the state.”

The governor also briefed the President on recent security developments in the state.

President Tinubu assured the governor of his support to ensure that he succeeded in governing the state.

While appreciating the President’s support in addressing security challenges in the state, Ododo sought his intervention for the establishment of a Forward Operation Base by the Nigerian military in Omala Local Government Area and other potential flashpoints in the state to further tackle insecurity.

In the area of infrastructure, Ododo informed Mr. President of the commitment of his administration to completing all on-going projects across the state, especially the 9.9km Zone 8 Junction (Zango-Barracks-GYB junction road); the 5.5km Zone 8 Junction-Crusher road, and various projects across the educational institutions in the state.

In the health sector, Ododo informed Tinubu of his readiness to commence the revitalisation of 63 Primary Healthcare Centres in the state, adding that his priorities as the Governor of Kogi State were driven by interventions in human capital development, hence, the emphasis on health and educational development.

The governor also used the opportunity to present his scorecard on the welfare of workers in the state, highlighting the state’s health insurance scheme for the formal sector and vulnerable groups, among others.