The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, has paid a visit to the operational headquarters of Niji Group of Companies in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
During his visit on Monday, Governor Zulum was warmly received by Farmer Kolawole Adeniji, the Managing Director, and Chief Executive of Niji Group of Companies.
The purpose of Governor Zulum’s visit was to explore opportunities for promoting sustainable agricultural practices that would benefit local farmers in Borno State.
Many of these farmers have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, and the Governor aimed to find ways to empower them through agricultural initiatives.
“Over the years, we have been distributing palliatives to support vulnerable persons affected by the over one decade of Boko Haram insurgency. Continuous distribution of palliatives is not sustainable, therefore, we intend, through agriculture, to provide sources of livelihood to the people,” Zulum said.
Governor Zulum commended the group for their remarkable contributions to promoting commercial agriculture and improving food security.
He emphasized the significance of harnessing technology to boost productivity and effectiveness in the agricultural sector. The Governor also highlighted the importance of establishing more public-private partnerships that can drive agricultural innovation and create a favorable atmosphere for farmers throughout Nigeria.
Speaking further, he stressed the need for greater investment in agricultural research and development. He recognized that innovation and the exchange of knowledge play a vital role in tackling various challenges faced by farmers, including pests and diseases, climate change, and market accessibility.