Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade, says the presidential initiative targeted at developing agriculture and industry in the Niger Delta as alternative source for job creation and income earnings in the region will be embraced 100 percent.
Governor Ayade commended the initiative when he gave audience to the Minister for Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani, and also joined him for the official flag-off of the initiative in Cross River State.
Ayade said Cross River State has more than a million hectares of fine arable land with abundant natural resources, noting that agriculture was the leading non-oil revenue contributor to the state’s economy.
“There is abundant labour force, vast expanse of rich land at concessionary rates; government offers tax breaks and other incentives. Also, there is guaranteed security of investments in the state,” Ayade explained.
He said the state was willing to partner with prospective investors for agricultural and industrial development and was working to revive all the moribund industries in the state, saying the state’s economic potential was an opportunity for investors to consider the state for investment.
“Government of Cross River State seeks partnership with prospective investors for agricultural and industrial development and to revive her moribund industries. With these great economic potentials of the state, opportunities abound for all prospective investors,” the governor said.
Also speaking at the flag-off of the Niger Delta Agricultural and Industrial: Presidential Initiative, Pastor Usani, said the Federal Government was working with states to ensure that the country moved away from dependence on oil.
Usani, who appealed to investors to consider Cross River State for investment in the agricultural sector, assured that the government at the center would work with the state to provide needed facilities, which, according to him, will engender agricultural and industrial revolution.
“We are ready to work with the state government to ensure that the agricultural sector is developed to the extent that investors will have value for their money. The federal government’s agricultural programme is yielding results and the country is exporting a number of agricultural products,” he said.
The Minister assured the state government of his desire to help woo investors into the state, hoping that with the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the state, investors will seize on the opportunity to invest in various areas of the economy.