S/West states to donate 1000 hectares each to Lagos for rice  farming


From Jimoh Joseph, Ado Ekiti

States in the Southwest geopolitical zone are to  to allocate 1000 hectares each to Lagos for rice production.

This is just as the states are to conduct a study of Ekiti State’s successes in education for peer learning and adoption.

The process is to be conducted by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, the agency spearheading regional integration and cooperation among the states.

This was part of the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting of state governors in the region held in Ikeja, Lagos on Wednesday.

The governors held that peer review in critical areas was necessary for the growth and actualisation of the potential
of the region and her people.

Recall that Ekiti State came first in 2016 and 2017 National Examinations Council (NECO)-conducted exams, while it recorded 74 percent success in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) among other educational feats.

The South-West States also agreed to jointly bid for the concession of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and turn it to a world class infrastructure.

“As a way of accelerating rice production and improve agriculture in the region, other states agreed to allocate 1000 hectares each to Lagos for rice production.”

Meanwhile, the Southwest governors formally admitted Lagos State into the Oodua Investment Limited. Lagos acquired a total of 115 million shares thus growing the share equity of the company to 690 million.

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