Friday, 3 February 2017


By Victor Unongu

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Empowerment and Wealth Creation, Pastor Abraham Ayuba has advised Agricultural Cooperative Societies in the state to build warehouses where their farm produce could be stored to enable them have strong bargaining power over buyers.

Pastor Ayuba who gave the advice while interacting with COSAP Agriculture cooperative society, Ugee in Gwer East Local Government said the state government has instructed BIPC to purchase agricultural produce like soyabeans, beniseeds and rice so that farmers in the state are not cheated by food vendors.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor appealed to the people to earmark a land that would enable government bring investors to invest in agriculture in their area, called for their participation in the state government programmes for the success of such programmes in their area as well as sued for their sustained support to governor Ortom administration to succeed.

On revamping of Taraku Mills, Pastor Ayuba stated that already another company came to the state and had entered into negotiation with the company that Taraku Mills was leased to so as to commence operation, saying as soon as that was achieved, the company would resume work.

He commended the District Head of Ugee, Chief Samuel Ugeede for his commitment to the plights of his subjects, and reminded them that the Ortom administration has human face that is determined to turn around the fortune of the people.

Speaking, the District Head of Ugee, Chief Ugeede acknowledged the developmental strides of  the Ortom administration in repositioning agriculture sector, expressed his total commitment towards the success of such policies in his domain.

He appealed to the state government to resuscitate the Taraku Mills in view of its numerous benefits to the host community, as well as ensure prompt provision of farm inputs to the people of the area to assist them carry out farming with ease.

In their comments, former Caretaker Chairman of Gwer Local Government and one time Deputy Chairman of Masev Development Association, Hon. Fidelis Humbe and Hon. Michael Gberzer all called for resurcitation of Taraku Mills as well as provide farm implements to the people towards enhancing their farming activities.

They applauded the state government efforts on reduction of sizes of sacks for the purchase of farm produce in the state which they noted has encouraged farmers to fully go into farming.

On his part, President of Njiriv Youth, Mr. Teryima Kungur appealed to the state government to evolve a programme that would take care of youths in the state so as to reduce youths’ restiveness while the President of COSAP Agricultural Cooperative Societies, Mr. Alex Kwaghgba said the people produced mostly maize, rice, soyabeans and need encouragement from government so that their produce would not be wasted.

In his comment, Pastor Mathias Chia who reaffirmed the true nature and benefits of cooperatives to the people enjoined them to key into it as it was the only channel through which the present administration is reaching out to the people.

He told them that the era of spoon feeding people has gone; stating clearly that the present administration is willing to assist people in group to turn around their fortune by themselves and enjoined them to take advantage by joining cooperative societies to attract such benefits.

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