Published On: Wed, Aug 9th, 2017

Kebbi’s Rice Mill: Fayose  Must Learn From Performing Governors, Says  Faparusi 

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As Acting President Yemi Osinbajo last week commissioned a N10 billion
Rice Mill in Kebbi State, a  member of the seventh House of
Representatives,  Hon Bamidele Faparusi , has advised Ekiti State
Governor to learn from other performing governors  on how best to
boost the revenue of the state .
Faparusi lauded the feat achieved by Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi ,
saying  such  could have been easily achieved by  Governor Fayose if
he had shifted attention to rice production where  the state has
immeasurable  comparative advantage  with its long standing ‘Igbemo
rice’.
The governorship aspirant appealed to Fayose to place high premium on
how best to improve the standards of living of Ekiti populace by
stopping distributing  what he called ‘a highly debasing sachets of
rice to people as if they were beggars”.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti , on Monday, the  Chieftain of the All
Progressives Congress(APC),  lamented how the PDP-led government has
upgraded  the act of begging to a statecraft , in Ekiti  that was
proudly regarded as the Fountain of Knowledge.
He said what Governor Bagudu’s did in rice production in Kebbi has
launched the state to  global reckoning and confirmed that the
governor was prepared to serve and deliver the democratic dividends to
the citizens.
“The entire Nigerians were aware of the comparative advantage Ekiti
has in rice production. The local Igbemo rice has become a household
delicacy the people sought after because of its nutritional values.
“Since Governor Fayose came on board, he never keyed into any of the
federal government’s policies in agriculture. There were free cocoa
seedlings  scheme, Mass Rice  Production  programme , Yam for export
scheme , but  he  preferred  to give the populace peanuts  than
embracing  such lofty programmes  just because of politics.
“Anambra and Ebonyin States which are in the opposition  had keyed
into mass rice production scheme. With time, Ebonyin State  will be
producing over 30% of rice consumable  in the country. You can imagine
what will be the effect of this on GDP and the revenue of that  state.
“On daily basis, Governor  Fayose  pursed debasement of our
collective pride  with vigour by distributing  a congo of rice and a
packet of indomie to grown up people thereby promoting  beggary and
indolence among our citizens.
“There is nothing wrong in learning. Now that it is evident that
Governor Fayose has little or no grasp of how best to run the economy,
let him take a month leave and visit Kebbi, Ebonyin or Lagos State and
understudy how they have boosted  their  economies through  the
instrumentality of agriculture.
“Ekiti State is agrarian and has favourable climatic and edaphic
conditions to make profitable exploits in the sector. We appeal to him
to take governance serious and invest in this area to make life
meaningful for those who voted him into office”.
Faparusi assured that the 2018 governorship poll presents another
opportunity for people to vote a party and personality with the
requisite  academic and mental knacks to lead the state  in the most
dignifying and rewarding fashions.

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