Prince Dapo Abiodun, governor of Ogun State, has inaugurated the Agbeloba Aquaculture Hub in Owiwi, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area, asserting that the agricultural sector is a sure way to end poverty and unemployment in the country.
While speaking at the project’s inauguration facilitated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gov. Abiodun disclosed that plans are underway by his administration to establish an agro-allied airport to aid in the state’s development as a destination of choice for agriculture in Nigeria.
The governor praised Obasanjo for engaging in projects that have helped to tackle the rate of unemployment in the state and across the country over the years, emphasizing his great success as a farmer, with a vast farm estate to manage in addition to such projects.
“It is important to note that Baba (Obasanjo) did not start his agricultural revolution just yesterday. He is a legend who is fondly remembered for his popular ‘Operation Feed the Nation (OFN)’ Agricultural Program, long before Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited,” remarked Abiodun.
“That was 45 years ago when he was Head of State, and aged only 38. At that time, Baba had seen that the future of our great country lies in agriculture.
“In fact,” the governor continued, “Chief Obasanjo remains one of the former heads of state in the world who will proudly tell anybody who cares to know that ‘Agbe ni mi o’. I am a farmer,” Abiodun said.
While thanking the governor for his support towards the development of agriculture in the state, the former president pledged his continuous dedication to advancing the sector in Ogun State and the country at large.