• Govt. to break reliance on federal allocation

Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti

In a bid to diversify the economy and stop sole reliance on federal
allocation to develop the state, the Ekiti State government would on Tuesday begin a four days agriculture summit to boost the revenues of the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi gave this declaration in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday while speaking about the
forthcoming Ekiti State Agricultural Summit 2016.

The Summit tagged: ‘Rebirth of Sustainable Agriculture :
Exploring New Investment Frontiers in Wealth Creation’, according to the Commissioner, will hold at the Trade Fair Complex in Ado Ekiti.

Odebunmi said that the concept behind the summit is to provide
excellent avenue for investors to view outstanding agricultural
opportunities that are abound in the state

The commissioner disclosed that the summit is a Public Private
Partnership [PPP] initiative being organized by Portfolio Contracting Nigeria Limited in collaboration with the state government.

Odebunmi added that the summit would provide an avenue for
interaction among critical stakeholders, local farmers as well as investors on how to exhaust the whole agricultural value chain and analyse the State’s comparative advantage.

The commissioner noted that the interactions will form a road map for the much desired commercialisation of agriculture in the state where unemployed youths will be engaged to bring the desired economic
rebirth in Ekiti .

Explaining the level of preparedness of the State to host the summit, the commissioner stated that resource persons will deliver papers on garmané topics while the keynote address will be delivered by Aare Are Babalola and that the event will bring together over 500 of Nigeria’s
leading Agricultural players.

The Commissioner said the Minister of Agriculture , Chief Audu Ogbeh, a frontline billionaire businessman , Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, and
Mr Caleb Osasona are guests at the summit.