Visionary LEADER, Ben Ayade Begins Positive Rice Revolution in Cross River
"Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind."
BY MIKE DE CERUTTI OSAGIE
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LATE Ghanaian hero Kwame Nkrumah
once said of revolution that "Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind." AND such is the mindset of Cross River Governor Professor Ben Ayade, who has started a Rice REVOLUTION and is urging all Cross Riverians to go into aggressive farming, insisting that the only way to industrialise the state was to do a balance between the green and white collar jobs which would lead to agro industrial revolution.
“The only way we can industrialise is by agro industrial revolution. I am pleading with every one of you, if you don’t own a farm you are doing a disservice to all the industries I have set up. Let us prove to Nigeria that we are really the best, take agriculture seriously and prove that we are a shining example,” Ayade told Cross Riverians.
While praising the agricultural initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, for making available the sum of N10.8billion for the state, Ayade assured that Cross River remains ready to partner with the Federal Government in order to drive a digital rice planting system.
“Any man or woman with only one source of money as income has already prepared his or her roadmap to failure as you cannot blame your star or God. If everyone of us here owns a farm, Cross River will not need to depend on federal allocation and that is what I want to do before I leave office, to see the state not depending on federal government”, he added.
The governor, while charging the people to, as a matter of duty, embrace farming, quipped rhetorically: “Where am I going to get the maize, soya beans and other raw materials for the factories we have set up if we are all wearing tie and going to office?
“We have the soil, the land, fertility, capacity and financial support, so let us do a balance between the green collar and white collar jobs as nothing stops me in the morning to be in the office and in midday in my farm.”
He enjoined the people of the state to take advantage of the state microfinance bank and its start up capital, as well as other financial institutions partnering the state on agriculture in a bid to make farming easier.
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