By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Benin National Congress (BNC), a socio-cultural organization in Edo state, has appealed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole to urgently review the Land Development Scheme to check what it described as the overzealous allocation of farm lands by Community Development Associations in the state.
In a statement signed by the Vice-President of the organization, Mr. Omowemwen Imadiyi, the group feared that if the activities of these community associations were not properly checked by the Ministries of Lands and Agriculture, it could plunge the state into food crisis which it may survive only through the mercies of other states.
According to the group, â€œthe government is earning pass marks in the environment sector, a lot needs to be done inÂ respect to food, timber and rubber production and if lands for building allocation is not checked, we risk blacklisting by the Food and Agriculture Organization.
â€œAmbrose Alli and Dr. Ogbemudiaâ€™s governments laid solid foundation for sustainable agriculture and building development, but the strong men and women of successive governments in the state spared no efforts in ravaging this all important policy.
â€œThe current government can help by resuscitating the Colleges of Agriculture and other vocational institutions which will compliment the renewed Federal Government policy.â€
The group admonished the Federal Government toÂ “strengthen research institutions and enhance all federal agencies, including the army, and put to maximum use their agriculture and research experts.
â€œIt is baffling why the Federal Government is seemingly docile over the steady decline in the values of hardwork and food production, which was imbibed by most Nigerians particularly in the First and Second Republicsâ€.