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Agricultural Revolution: Soludo Orders Distribution of Million Coconut, Palm Seedlings



By Praise Chinecherem

Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has commenced planned cash crop revolution programme in the state with an order for the  distribution of millions of coconut and palm seedlings procured by the state government to farmers across the state.

The revolution followed constitution a committee drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state to map out strategies for distributing the  coconut and palm seedlings.

Briefing journalist on Tuesday in Awka after Monday’s State Executive Council meeting held at the Government House, Awka,  state’s Commissioner for information, Mr Paul Nwosu said the resolutions were in furtherance of Soludo’s plans to reenact some of the agricultural policies of the first Republic Premier of the Eastern region, the late Dr Michael Okpara.

He said,  “In furtherance of government policy to re-enact the prosperous era of Chief M.I Okpara in the old Eastern region when cash crops were the main source of revenue, Anambra State Executive Council  has constituted a committee drawn from the three Senatorial zones to map out strategies for distributing the millions of coconut and palm seedlings which have been procured.

Soludo had at several times and fora described  coconut and palm economy as a major game changer in terms of diversification of sources of foreign exchange in the state, stating “When we discovered crude oil, we abandoned palm oil and now that crude oil is out, we have to go back to the basics which is palm economy.Beyond the palm, we are also going into coconut economy. We have ordered for a million of coconut and palm seeds.

The Commissioner for Information in the Tuesday post-exco press briefing also said the boards and governing councils of government departments and agencies had been dissolved with immediate effect, stating that they had been directed to hand over to the most senior civil servants in their organisations.

He added,”The newly confirmed Transition Committee Chairmen will be inaugurated on the 2nd of August, 2022. They will return to the their various LGAs where they will in turn inauguate their various councillors. Arrangement is underway to hold a retreat for the Transition Committee Chairmen and their principal officers.

“ANSEC formally terminated the contract awarded to Messrs Rockland Development Ltd to construct the Ministry of Housing main office complex at Jerome Udorji Secretariat, Awka. Valued at N33,253,119,66, the contract was cancelled due to lack of execution of the job on the part of the contractor and ANSEC has resolved to take necessary steps to recover the said amount paid to the contractor.

“The Attorney General of the state presented a memo that seeks to reform major aspects of the dispensation of justice. She called for the building of model Juvenile Delinquent facility in line with international standards. Presently, non of such facility exists in the South East.

“She also proposed that the state justice system be digitized for quick dispensation of justice. To this end, she is pushing for the staff of the Ministry of justice and the judiciary to undergo digital training by computer experts. ANSEC was also informed that the Ministry of Justice is working to establish designated courts to expeditiously dispense with sexual related offences.”.

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