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Isiukwuato LG to Establish Poultry Farm

by 5m Editor
9 May 2012, at 8:26am

NIGERIA - Chief Enyimba Nwosu, the transition committee chairman, Isiukwuato Local Government Area of Abia State, said the council would establish an integrated poultry farm to provide employment for the youth.

Nigerian Tribune reports that Mr Nwosu told newsmen on Monday in Umuahia that the aim of the project was to tackle unemployment and explore viable means of enhancing internally generated revenue.

He said that the head of the agriculture department of the council had been mandated to ensure that necessary plans were made to incorporate experts for the sustenance of the project.

The chairman said that the long term objective of the council was to make Isiukwuato a reference point in poultry fanning, not only in Abia, but in the entire South-East geo-political zone.

“We believe we have the comparative advantage in poultry farming. We want to harness the sector by investing heavily in poultry to provide jobs for youths and reduce over dependence on monthly federal allocation,” he said.

Mr Nwosu further said the project would serve as a veritable source of animal protein for council workers and members of Abia State University, Uturu.

He said that one Biko Nwachukwu, an agriculture consultant, was already looking into the possibility of partnering with reputable poultry farmers and companies to ensure the project blossomed.

The chairman, who also spoke on other plans to meet food security agenda of the government, said that the council had acquired some acres of land for cassava cultivation.

He commended the efforts of Gov. Theodore Orji the provision of road, health facilities, electricity and other amenities which, he said, gave a facelift to most rural communities.

“The road linking Nunya from express to Ogboro in Abia has been completed. Another road construction from Ovim to Acha also in Abia is ongoing.

No government has remembered these rural communities since independence,” he said.

Mr Nwosu regretted that multiplicity of duties, by various arms of government, had adversely affected development in Nigeria, adding that it was for that reasons that his administration narrowed its investment to poultry.

On the problem of insecurity, he urged Nigerians, especially those in authority, to always provide information for the security agencies to enable them act promptly.

Mr Nwosu said that every Nigerian had a role to play in tackling the menace of Boko Haram, and that security agents were not magicians and could only act based on available information to them.

He advised members of the Boko Haram to emulate the Niger Delta militants and come out openly to dialogue with government, adding that resorting to violence could not fetch the group any meaningful result.