The Ogun State Government has pledged to support Odu’a Investment Company Limited in its on-going Cassava Cultivation & Processing Project at Imeko, Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.
This disclosure was made on Thursday, September 24, 2020 when the Hon Commissioner for Agriculture, Ogun State, Dr Adeola Odedina along with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Dotun Sorunke and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agribusiness, Mrs Eva Adelaja made a tour of the Cassava Plantation.
The Ogun State team were impressed that the operations started late in June 2020 and that at the time of the visit, 220 hectares of the land had been cleared and 86 hectares was planted. The Commissioner remarked that in three (3)months the Cassava Plantation looked very healthy and that the project is already having social impact with the engagement of about 35 youths who are indigenes of the host communities.
The GMD/CEO of Odu’a Investment Company Limited(OICL), Mr Adewale Raji stated that the mandate is to clear and plant 1,200 hectares of Cassava in 13 months and that the ultimate goal is to establish combined processing plants of 100 tons per day fresh cassava value addition into High Quality Cassava Flour and High Quality Food Grade Starch.
Mr Raji said that in order to ensure raw materials availability for the plants, OICL embarked on the plantation.
He commended the Executive Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun for linking the administration’s focus of agriculture to industrial demand, job creation, food security and industrialisation.
He also commended the Ogun Agric Ministry’s approach on strong value chain coordination and achievements in registering volunteers of over 2,000 beneficiaries for rice cultivation and 3,000 beneficiaries for cassava cultivation under the Anchor Borrowers Programme.
Chairman of Niji Farms Group, the Technical Management Partner of OICL on the entire project, Engr Kola Adeniji and his team were on hand to lead the tour of the Plantation.
In his goodwill message, High Chief Prof Anthony Asiwaju, Balogun of Imekoland who represented the Onimeko, HRM Oba Benjamin Olanite appreciated the Odu’a Group for bringing the long awaited development to Imeko Community and assured the group of the cooperation of the Imeko community towards the success of the project.
Meanwhile, OICL and the Ogun Agric Ministry have agreed to have further roundtable discussion for collaboration and partnerships.