Governor Umo Eno Initiates Ibom Model Farms
In alignment with his administration’s “ARISE Agenda” focused on agriculture, Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State commenced the construction of Ibom Model Farms (IMF) in Ikot Edibon, Nsit Ubium Local Government Area.
Agriculture Key to the Future: Governor’s Vision
During the launch, Governor Eno emphasized the pivotal role of agriculture in his governance. He highlighted his personal belief in the sector’s potential, citing the farm’s conception during his campaign. The governor personally sponsored 31 individuals for agricultural training and currently supports another 31 in similar programs.
Emphasizing Agribusiness’ Value
Expressing satisfaction at the project’s start, Governor Eno underscored agribusiness as the “new black gold.” He clarified that unlike Ibom Air, the farm will operate independently from government intervention, dispelling misconceptions about farming’s profitability in larger nations.
Choice of Location and its Significance
Governor Eno clarified that the farm’s location in Nsit Ubium was not due to personal ties but because it was the first LGA to provide land with a Certificate of Occupancy (E of O). He personally inspected the site before the flag-off and highlighted that any local government offering land could benefit from the Model Farm project.
Acknowledgment and Support
The governor thanked key figures including Pastor Imo-Abasi Jacob, CEO of Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation (AKICORP), and Dr. Offiong Offor, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, acknowledging their dedication to the project’s initiation.
Scope and Vision of the Farm
Offiong Offor, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, highlighted that the 50-hectare farm would serve as a business hub fashioned after the Songhai Farms in Porto-Novo. Its objectives include ensuring food security and creating employment opportunities.
Songhai Initiative’s Holistic Approach to Agriculture
Fr. Godfrey Nzamujo, Director of Songhai Initiative, emphasized the comprehensive nature of the initiative, positioning it as more than a farm.
He described it as an integrated approach to agriculture, aiming to build an economically self-sustaining society. He noted its relevance in addressing global and African challenges with new vision and methodologies.