Ogun assembly worried over low funding of Agric sector

Ogun State House of Assembly has complained about the poor funding of the agriculture sector this year.

Two members of the assembly’s Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Israel Jolaosho and Akinpelu Aina, expressed the concern during the committee’s visit to the agriculture ministry in Abeokuta, to assess the 2016 Ogun state budget performance.

The lawmakers said there was the urgent need to attract investors into the state agriculture sector in order to create jobs and raise the state’s internally generated revenue.

The Agriculture Commissioner, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, said her ministry has received only N521,500 out of the four billion and 600 thousand naira voted for capital project in the 2016 budget.

The release of more fund for capital projects, she said would enable the ministry to improve on the N96.9 million revenue it generated as at last July against the projected revenue of N400 million.

On the credit facility provided for the agriculture sector by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the commissioner said the ministry gave priority to farmers in the rice, cassava and poultry sectors to cater for the school free meal programme.

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