Akeredolu Seeks AfDB Partnership on Agric Development

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Olumide Lawal
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has called for the collaboration of African Development Bank (AfDB) to fasts-track all round development in  the state
Speaking in Akure when the President of the group,  Dr Akinwumi Adesina paid him a courtesy visit, the governor  stated that the agrarian potentials of Ondo State  which needed adequate support of the bank put the state in high pedestal to be on the front burner of high quality cocoa, palm oil and cassava  production.
He stated that hardly would be any  crop grown in any part of Nigeria that  could not be sufficiently grown in the Sunshine  State.
He said that the AFDB should make its presence felt in Ondo State in view of the fact that job creation through entrepreneurship in Agriculture is the number one on  the five Cardinal Programmes of his  administration.
Adesina, after congratulating Akeredolu on his inauguration as the 6th democratically elected governor of Ondo State expressed belief that the agricultural values of the state can jump start its economy, while expressing optimism that Ondo  State will witness rapid development under the watch of the new governor.
The entourage of the AFDP President include the Nigerian Country Director of the Bank Mr Ebriam Faal, who led other officials of the bank in Nigeria ; Chairman House Committee on Agriculture; top officials of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); members of the  Young Agriculture Entrepreneurs;  some Agropreneurs and some indigenes of Ijebu-Igbo , the county home of the AFDB President.
Meanwhile, the Federal University of Technology Akure at its 28th Convocation Ceremony conferred an honourary Doctorate  degree on Adesina who was the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

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