From: Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi
The Kebbi State Government is requesting for 500,000 tractors from United State of America (USA) to farmers in the state, to boost its agriculture.
The tractors would in-turn be paid for by the state government.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu made the request, on Wednesday, during a visit to him by American Ambassador to Nigerian, Williams Stuart Symington.
The governor told the envoy that the state did not require loan but tangible equipment to help its agricultural drive.
According to him, “Kebbi State does not want foreign aid, we prefers loan facility like advance 500,000 tractors to the state which our state could repay either in cash or through farm produce.”.
The Governor informed the American envoy that the partnership of state with Lagos State on rice production led to LAKE rice stressed that his administration commitment to agriculture has provided jobs opportunity’s to unemployed youths in the state.
He added that Kebbi State remains a model state for the control of extremism saying, “Muslims, Christians and traditional believers are living peaceful among themselves “.
Earlier, Amb. Synington informed Governor Bagudu that the American Government would like to partner with the state government on malaria.
He commended the state government for ensuring security of its people, education of children and agriculture revolution stressed that he was overwhelmed seen farmers and school children going to their respective working places.