GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has lauded the foresight of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in establishing the Fasola Farms in Oyo even as he promised that his administration would use agriculture as a catalyst for the economy of the state.
The governor, who spoke, week-end, during a working tour of the farms located in Oyo West Local Government Area of the state, also declared his administration’s commitment to make life worth living for rural dwellers in the state.
Accompanied by members of the state executive council, Sen. Ajimobi said that his government would ensure the provision of social amenities such as potable water, rural electricity and establishment of farm settlements.
While expressing worries at what he called the gross under-utilization of the farms, he pledged that his administration would re-energize it and make it to function at full capacity.
“There is no doubt that Fasola Farms is an asset to Oyo State. But it has been utilized at only 20 per cent of its capacity. This is another symbol of degradation and the below zero performance of the past administration. But we have told the management that we must run it as a business; this is not a Red Cross Society,’’ he said.
The governor, who commended the management of the farm for keeping it going despite its many constraints, directed it furnish him with a feasibility report that would indicate the inputs required and the outputs expected from the farm.
“We must commend the foresight of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo for the establishment of this farm. It is not only an asset but also a blessing to Oyo State. It has indeed stood the test of time,’’ he remarked. The governor was taken on an assessment tour of the farm by the supervisor, Mr. Kayode Hamzat.