8th December , 2016.
By Yunusa Abdullahi .
Agriculture has been described the centre piece of socio-economic growth and development of any nation.
Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla who stated this at the commissioning and Distribution of One Hundred and Five (105) number of Tractors to the Twenty One (21) Local Government Councils of Adamawa state held at Mahmud Ribadu Square Yola .
The Governor reiterated the commitment of his government to revamp the Agricultural Sector as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari on his Agricultural Policy of providing food security to the citizenry .
Governor Muhammed Jibrilla charged the Council Chairmen to ensure that the Tractors and other farming impliments are being maintained for the betterment of the people of Adamawa state .
He also said that his government will continue to give Agricultural sector all the necessary attention as the procurement of One Hundred and Five number of Tractors was the first phase of government intervention to the sector , explaining that the purchasing of the Tractors was necessitated by the good intentions of both the state and Local Government Councils in the state ,stressing that Five Tractors would be allocated to each Local government Council across the state and urged the benefiting Communities to make good use of the Tractors judiciously and to ensure the spirit of maintenance culture so as to keep the machines functional.
In his speech at the occasion , the Honourable Commissioner ministry for Local government and chieftancy Affairs Alhaji Mustapha Barkindo explained that the idea of the procurement of the Tractors was a brainchild of the Federal government policy thrust on boosting Agriculture in the country as wellas to reduce over dependance on Oil .
He stressed that it is in realization of the objectives of Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla's wisdom to purchase One Hundred and Five Tractors to the Twenty-One Local government Councils for use by the rural communities in order to engage in large scale farming at the cost of #12,491,188,12.per Tractor.
The Commissioner also explained that the present government has been committed on its policy trust of Transparency , Good governance as well as ensuring efficiency and integrity based on the need to promote and boost Agricultural production in Adamawa state .
Also in his remarks the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Agriculture Dr Waziri Haruna Ahmadu said that the present government under Governor Muhammed Umar Jibrilla has made Agricultural Sector as one of its priority because majority of the people of the state are farmers , stressing that this is just the beginning of government's gesture to provide farmers of the state with all the necessary farming impliments in order to boost Agriculture in the state .
In their good will messages , the Chief of Staff Government hours Alhaji AbdurRahman Abba Jimeta and His Royal Highness Lamido Adamawa Dr Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa urged farmers of Adamawa state to make sure that they use the Tractors and other farming impliments for the purpose intended and appealed to the people of the state to continue to support the present administration under Senator Muhammed Umar Jibrilla in order to provide more Democracy dividends .
In his vote of thanks on behalf of the Council Chairmen , the ALGON Chairman Barrister Aliyu Wakili Boya assured that the council Chairmen would ensure the good use and maintenance of the Tractors for three purpose intended , pointing out that they are proud of the present administration in piloting the affairs of the state by granting the Local Councils a free hand to operate .