NDDC’s Project Hope Secures 100 hectares for Agric in Akwa Ibom

The NDDC Director, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mrs. Winifred Madume, led a delegation of the Commission’s officials during the inspection and verification of the land donated by the community for the Project Hope rural farming scheme.

Madume, who represented the NDDC Managing Director, Dr Samuel Ogbuku, expressed gratitude to the community leaders and all the stakeholders that had thrown their weight behind the agricultural programme of the Commission.

The NDDC CEO commended the communities for partnering with the Commission by donating many hectres of land for the agricultural programme targeted at the youths of the region. He promised them maximum value for the land they donated, noting: “it will be mutually beneficial and rewarding.”

The Village Head of Itak Ikot Udo, Chief David Inyang thanked the NDDC for initiating this project in his community during his tenure, statin: “This project holds the promise of alleviating poverty in the area and boosting economic activities. We assure you that adequate security measures will be in place to safeguard the individuals working on the farmland."

Chief Inyang, who expressed hope that the scheme would improve the economic base of the area, further hinted that the community will ensure that adequate security would be provided throughout the duration of the project.

According to him: " there won’t be any security challenge to this project that is about to commence in this community. We shall employ the use of law enforcement agents made up of the army, the police, our local vigilante and the community police to forestall any form of threat to this project"

He added that the land which is being ceded to NDDC would provide jobs and enhance the value or properties in the community.

In his remarks, the Consultant for the Project HOPE, Ambassador Blessing Fubara, thanked the community leaders for collaborating with the NDDC in the interest of the development of the Niger Delta region.

He said that feasibility study was carried out to ascertain the suitability of the soil for agricultural purposes, adding that independent investigations were carried out to ensure that the donated land was not encumbered or in dispute with neighboring villages.

Fubara observed: "Even though we know the whole of Niger Delta is green, one of the things we looked at was the peaceful disposition of the people project. His Royal Majesty gave us his words that if we are ready, they are also ready and you can see the commitment on our part. Aside from that, before we embarked, we made sure we cross all the T's and dotted the I's. We engaged the youths, women group, market women to ensure that the land given to us is not in dispute.”

Pius Ughakpoteni
Director, Corporate Affairs

June 8, 2024.

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