DTSG Pledges Support For Farmers

BY CLETUS NGWODO/ANDREW IKEHI
THE Delta State Government, Tuesday assured farmers in the state of greater support that would increase greater yield of agricultural produce.
Speaking at the election of officers of the state chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, (AFAN), the Senior Special Assistant to the state Governor on Agriculture, Hon. Aneke Ifemeni said the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, being a farmer-friendly governor, will provide all the needed assistance in that direction.
The governor’s aide, while congratulating the newly elected executive of the association, noted that with the qualities and reputation of the officers elected to pilot the affairs of the association indicated that Delta AFAN ‘is set to have a new lease of life.’
Ifemeni noted that many benefits had eluded farmers in the state, following the leadership squabbles within the association and urged the new executives to brace up to the new challenge by ensuring closer relationship with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, donor Agencies as well as the state government with the view of tapping into their various programmes.
The Governor’s aide urged them to carry every member of the association as well as community groups along, just as he enjoined them to organise themselves from the state to the ward levels in order to ensure that no farmer was left out in their activities and orogrammes.
In his remark, the state commissioner of Police, CP Muhammad Mustafa, who was represented by Mr. Ugwuoke Nicodemus, assured farmers in the state of adequate security against possible intruders just as he commended the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa in his drive at ensuring that lace and order prevailed in the state.
Speaking also at the event, The National President of the association, Engr. Kabiru Ibrahim who was represented by the vice chairman, South-South, Chief Michael Udo Akpan lauded the peaceful conduct of the election just as he pledged to work with the newly elected officers of the state AFAN.
The Pointer reports that after the election, Mr. Richard Asenime emerged chairman of the state association just as Paul Awani-Ebibeyi was elected deputy Chairman.

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