Bumper Harvest Awaits Gombe Farmers as Governor Inuwa Yahaya Takes Revolutionary Steps
President Muhammadu Buhari during his second term inauguration address on June 12, 2019 disclosed Federal Government’s plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2030.
The President however noted that the central government cannot achieve the great feat without support of state governments, private sector, community based organizations, NGOs and others. Buhari said: ”First, we will take steps to integrate rural economies to the national economic “grid” by extending access to small-scale credits and inputs to rural farmers, credit to rural micro-businesses and opening up many critical feeder roads.”
Recall that the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) manifesto placed premium on diversification of the economy from crude oil to Agriculture, solid minerals and other sectors.
Against this backdrop, Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, being a visionary leader with blueprint for allround development of the state promised to revamp the agricultural sector and harness business opportunities in the area.
For records, Gombe state is an agrarian society situated in the Savannah region with over 70 percent of its people engaging in farming activities. The state has the capacity to contribute to nation’s food security by producing for the state residents and other states but previous administrations didn’t explore the sector optimally.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya having assessed the challenges during his electioneering campaigns, succinctly captured the current state of the agricultural sector and logically outlined his plans to change the narrative while taking oath of office on May 29, 2019.
The governor said: ”As the mainstay of our economy that engages over 75 per cent of our population, we would accord priority to agricultural development in efforts to diversify the economy and ensure food security. Consequent upon this, we shall ensure a timely and adequate supply of farming inputs such as fertilizer, pesticides, seeds, etc. as well as provide agricultural credit facilities to our farmers…
”From available information, the immediate past administration deliberately refused to procure fertiliser and other necessary farm inputs for distribution to our farmers. I, therefore, direct the Ministry of Agriculture to work out modalities to promptly address the issue to avoid a looming but avoidable catastrophe. I urge all of us to embrace agriculture, the surest way to employment and poverty reduction in our society.”
Consequently, the revolutionary governor swiftly inaugurated a taskforce comprising technocrats, community leaders and respected elder statesmen to oversee the sales and distribution of the subsidised fertilizer to farmers across 11 local government areas in Gombe state.
The Fertilizer Taskforce inaugurated by Governor Inuwa Yahaya a week after his swearing was mandated to ensure smooth sales and distribution of the fertilizer to real farmers as against political farmers who usually exploit people by buying at subsidised rate but reselling at higher price.
The sharp practices associated with handling of subsidised fertilizer distribution/sales under immediate past administration only succeeded in increasing the sufferings of vulnerable farmers in the state.
However, Gombe farmers are starting the 2019 farming season on good note as Governor Inuwa Yahaya flaged-off sales/distribution of subsidised fertilizer on June 29 to mark 30 days in office.
According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor, Ismaila Uba Misilli the constituted taskforce had the Governor’s directives and marching orders to ensure proper, timely and orderly distribution of the fertilizers to farmers across the eleven Local Government Areas of the State at Government approved price.
Some of the Fertilizers procured by Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s administration
Recall that Governor Yahaya procured over 120 trucks, equivalent to 72,000 bags which he launched with sales/distribution of to farmers started since. Each Local Government got an allocation of at least 10 trucks in the first instance for its farmers.
The gesture was part of the Governor’s determination to revamp the Agricultural sector in the state in line with his campaign promise and commitment to the good people of the state.
Without doubt, Gombe farmers are already feeling positive changes with the moves of APC led administration in the state and it will be season of bountiful and bumper harvest in 2019 insha Allah.