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Dickson partners NIRSAL to achieve agro revolution

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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has appealed to the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending Plc(NIRSAL) to partner his government to expand the frontiers of the agricultural investments of his administration.

He said through that his government could conveniently create wealth and employ the teeming youths to bring about optimal return to the political economy of the state.

Dickson said NIRSAL by law and operation, is best positioned to help drive government’s agricultural investments, reduce credit risks, increase lending and provide off takers on such investments.

According to a statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, Dickson, who disclosed this during preliminary discussions with NIRSAL Managing Director, Aliyu Abdulhameed in Abuja, commended the Federal Government, particularly the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the initiative of establishing NIRSAL.

He said there has been a silent people-oriented revolution in the state in the last six years. “In Bayelsa, there is a silent revolution in all critical sectors such as the agricultural sector for public good. We now have the best public schools and health institutions.

Now, I want to create wealth using Poultry, Commercial Cassava Plant Farm, Agriculture, and others, for we must create wealth and gainfully employ our teeming population and what best way to achieve that than through Agro-business.

That is why we are building Aquaculture villages: now we have already completed one in Igbogene with 500-Fish Ponds.

The whole idea is to use Agriculture to make our youths become skilled and empowered. We want to replicate the aquaculture village in the eight Local Council Areas of Bayelsa.”


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