NDDC acquires TRACTORS TO BOOST FOOD PRODUCTION
…To inaugurate Eleven Hostels, Ibeno Road
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has procured over 100 tractors for distribution to State Ministries of Agriculture in the nine Niger Delta States to boost food production.
The Managing Director, Dr. Christian Oboh disclosed this in a chat with newsmen after inspecting the tractors in Port Harcourt.
He announced that plans were in top gear to inaugurate eleven completed hostel blocks out of 18 in various higher institutions across the region while the Ibeno road with a 600m span bridge and side-drains in Akwa Ibom State was ready.
Making reference to the tractors set for distribution, Dr. Oboh said for Nigeria to tackle youth’s unemployment and to be self sufficient in food production, it must embrace mechanized farming.
“We are determined to properly engage our youths in line with the transformation agenda of Mr. President through agriculture. To support this, NDDC has acquired over 100 tractors to support various ministries of agriculture in the nine states of the region to boost food production”. Dr. Oboh said.
The NDDC Boss also revealed that the Commission would be partnering government of the BRACED states comprising of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta to establish rice farms.
“The building of hostels in various institutions of higher learning in the nine states is one of the legacies that I felt this present board would leave behind for posterity. When we came on board, these projects were in very bad shape and nearly all the reports of various agencies had criticized the NDDC for their poor state. But thank God, today we have been able to deliver at least eleven”, he said.
He commended some contractors working with the present board for timely execution of projects and advised those who are not serious to brace up or be prosecuted for non-performance.