Niger State Governor, farmer Mohammed Umaru Bago has disclosed that plans are on for the Dangote group of Companies to establish one of the biggest Rice Mills for 500,000 metric tons of rice paddy between Wushishi and Bida Local Government Areas.
Farmer Governor Umaru Bago disclosed this during a lecture organised, to celebrate his one-year in office, held at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna.
Farmer Governor Bago who said he had a discussion with the President of the Dangote Group of Companies, Alh. Aliko Dangote in Lagos, also revealed that the State will soon take delivery of 500 of 40ft of empty containers from the business mogul.
He said the empty containers would be used to establish farm estates across the State for the actualization of his Agricultural initiative of ensuring food security.
The farmer Governor maintained that providing dividends of democracy is a right not a privilege; hence the people should endeavour to ask leaders for their rights.
He said his administration plans to achieve more across all sectors, hence, would move on at a higher speed in its second year.
While acknowledging all the support of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for all the support, he said the Renewed Hope agenda of the President is a rebirth of New Niger.
The farmer Governor used the opportunity to appreciate the cordial relationship between the executive and other arms of government, pointing out that it has contributed immensely to the successes achieved.
He also appreciated all the conventional and non-conventional security agencies, traditional institutions and religious leaders for their efforts in addressing insecurity in the State, which he said have led to relative peace in most of the affected areas.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Abubakar Usman, said the last one-year of the present administration was filled with challenges and successes, with many prospects identified in actualising the New Niger agenda.
In his presentation, on “Assessing the Bago Administration’s Policy Footprints: A Roadmap for Sustained Development” the former Minister of Commerce, Alh. Mustapha Bello who used United Nations indices to appraise the Governor’s performance, considering his campaign manifesto, recommended an award for the farmer Governor for recording huge successes within one-year in office.
Another speaker at the event, Prof. Nasiru Maiturare, former Vice Chancellor of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai, who spoke on the paper titled, “The Bago Administration’s Policy Legacy: A Review of Progress and Potential for a New Niger”, said farmer Governor Umaru Bago has made an indelible impact across all the sectors of the economy adding that his Infrastructural policies are second to none since the creation of the State in 1976.
Bologi Ibrahim
Chief Press Secretary
to the Governor of Niger State
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