Pastor Umo Eno, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, has commenced the construction of the Ibom Model Farms (IMF) in Ikot Edibon, Nsit Ubium Local Government Area, in line with his administration’s “ARISE Agenda” on Agriculture.
During the flag raising ceremony, the governor stated that the farm represents the success of his campaign. His view that agriculture is the key to the future led to the concept of the farm during his election campaign, he said, adding that he had personally sent 31 persons through agricultural training with his own money, and that another 31 are currently participated in a similar training course. program.
While the governor expressed his happiness that the project was finally off to a successful start, he emphasized the importance of considering the agricultural industry as the new black gold.
He pointed out that unlike Ibom Air, the farm will be well managed without government interference, debunking the myth that farming in big countries is not lucrative.
Governor Eno said the reason for the location was not because Nsit Ubium is his local government area, but rather because it was the first LGA to donate properties with a customary certificate of occupancy (E of O). Governor Eno had visited the site earlier that morning to check on it before the flag went up.
Appreciating the Council Chairman's support for the project, he said: “The Model Farm project will benefit any local government that provides land.”
The governor also expressed his gratitude to Pastor Imo-Abasi Jacob, the CEO of Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation (AKICORP), Dr. Offiong Offor, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and their staff for their tireless efforts in starting the farm.
Offiong Offor, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, had previously stated that the farm, which will cover 50 hectares, will serve as a hub for businesses modeled on the Songhai Farms in Porto-Novo, as well as a source of food security and employment.
Fr. Godfrey Nzamujo, the director of the Songhai Initiative, stated that the relevance of the initiative is great and that it is not just a farm, but rather a holistic and integrated approach to agriculture with the aim of building a society that can economically support itself to maintain.
According to him, the guiding principles of the initiative are a new vision and methodology needed to address the problems facing the world, and Africa in particular.