By John Ighodaro
CALABAR â€” Chairman of Yala local government area of Cross River State, Mr. Fidel Egoro, has declared that his area has the best barite in the world.
He disclosed this at the grounds of the Cultural Centre in Calabar on the occasion of Yala Day at the 2009 Christmas celebration.
â€œWe have the best barite in the world. You can quote me. The chemical you are looking at may look simple and worthless, but it is used in oil exploration and we have the best of it in the world,â€ he said.
Egoro, who also showcased agricultural products from his local government, commendedÂ the governor of the state, Senator Liyel Imoke, for his commitment both to tourism andÂ rural development.
According to him, â€œin the last two years, we have been part of this celebration which is a clear testament of our commitment to the tourism drive of our great governor, Senator Liyel Imoke.
â€œHis rural transformation effort which is a key to development has accelerated the pace of development in the state. Yala, being rural, has benefitted from this andÂ we, on our part, have keyed into this noble effort through purposeful and visionary policies and programmes.â€
On agricultural products, he said â€œtoday, we are showcasing our abundant agricultural products like garri, rice, yams, millet, potato, maize and others.
â€œThese products are in industrial quantities in virtually all the fourteen wards of the local govern-ment area.
â€œWe are also displaying barite, an industrial product used by oil companies in oil exploration and incidentally, we have large deposits of these in several wards of our local government area, and experiments have proved itÂ is the best in the whole world.â€
He said his administra-tionâ€™s agricultural thrust had seen to the cultivation of 28 hectares of cassava, improved seedling farms in each of the fourteen wards of the council area, a fish pond, a grass cutter farm with 58 families, alongside a sugar cane demonstration farm inÂ some of the wards.