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Kogi gov wants recovered loot invested in agric

Kogi gov wants recovered loot invested in agric

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Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja

The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use the proceeds of corruption to fund agriculture.

The governor, who was speaking in Lokoja while inaugurating the wet season farming programme on Wednesday, said if properly funded, agriculture could become the country’s potential biggest earner.

He said looters were unhappy with President Buhari’s determination to free the country from the pangs of corruption.

Impressed with the success recorded in the fight against corruption, Bello argued that the recovered loot be channelled into empowering farmers, artisans and small businesses.

Bello said, “Let me congratulate Mr. President for using his global reputation as an uncompromising anti-corruption crusader to repatriate our stolen wealth. The biggest victims of corruption are the downtrodden in the society who are deprived of quality standards of living.

“To this end, I want to make a passionate appeal to Mr. President to invest the recovered funds in agriculture in fulfilment of his promise to ensure the economy of Nigeria depends on agriculture and other non-oil sectors.”

He revealed that the vision of the APC government was to end the importation of staple food, by investing in agriculture so as to make the country self-sufficient in food supply.

 He argued that if the past regime had used the nation’s resources well, the economy and the standard of living of Nigerians would have long improved.

Bello added, “Those who criticised the Federal Government have forgotten that the $2bn stolen by a cabal in the previous administration would have engaged millions of our youths in agriculture.

“Today, our God-sent President is doing what they failed to do. We experienced the same thing here when officials of government in the previous administration sat round the table to share the $2bn meant to empower our youths and women through Small and Medium Scale Enterprises. With half of that, we are creating 5,000 millionaires among our farmers.

“The Kogi State Government will continue to collaborate with the Federal Government to take our people above the poverty line through agriculture.”

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