Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has charged the people of Imo State and South East in general to make more investments in agriculture, saying that it remains the main-stay of Nigeria’s economy.
Governor Okorocha made the call yesterday through his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere during the Mbaise Cultural Festival at Chioma Ajunwa Stadium in Ahiazu Mbaise local government area of Imo State.
H\“We join our brothers and sisters of Mbaise Nation to celebrate the chief-crop of our land. Yam is the main-stay of agriculture in our traditional Igbo society and is worthy of being celebrated.
You may have heard of the demand for yam from the foreign lands. The projection has it that it will yield proceeds running into billions of naira annually. This calls on our people to invest more in agriculture as its benefits are many.”
Prince Madumere also pointed out that celebration of Iri Ji (yam festival) has the value of bringing people together with a view to finding ways of developing communities in the traditional spirit of Igbo community development.
He also said that the government of Imo State is a very good friend of Mbaise people.
He enumerated some of the projects executed by the administration for the development of Mbaise nation. “The government has often remembered Mbaise in its planning and reckoned with you in every scheme of things. As you can see, this government remembered Mbaise by appointing some of your sons and daughters to key positions in the state. The University in Mbaise and Ngor-Okpala is a case in point. The Imo Cargo Airport near Mbaise is
being expanded at an amazing speed. There are road constructions in the rural areas, the 305 classroom storey buildings, the hospital projects of the rescue mission, the Youth Millionaire, the women empowerment of the rescue mission agenda, all of which Mbaise benefited from.”
He, therefore, called on Mbaise people to support the government, promising that the government will continue to do all within its power to position the nation on a progressive path. He described Mbaise nation as very strategic in the development of the state because of its natural and human resources.