By: JP Ashedzi
The News Agency of Nigeria has reported that the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, is planning a 20,000-hectare rice plantation in the Yewa North and Imeko-Afon Local Government Areas of the state.
The Governor disclosed this during the inauguration of the first phase of the 21-kilometer Iboro-Imasayi-Ayetoro road in the Yewa North LGA of the state on Wednesday.
He said the plantation would be the largest rice farm in Nigeria.
“The farm will also have the largest rice processing factory to make the state the rice capital of Nigeria,” the governor said.
He added that local and foreign investors had signified interest in partnering with the state on the project.
“I have called the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, that he should challenge all our traditional rulers in this area. We are looking for about 20,000 hectares of land.
“We want to turn this part of Yewa into the rice capital of Nigeria. We already have the investors who have the resources to turn this place into a rice development and rice processing center.
“I am deeply committed to that, as it will be one of the legacies of this administration. Help us look for the land within the next two weeks and see the wonders that we will perform,” Abiodun said.
The governor said the state government would not put any money into the project but would be providing the enabling environment for investors to work.