* Threatens owners of undeveloped plots in Asaba
By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, of Delta State, has commissioned a multi-million naira rice mill owned by Raymond Guanah Farms Limited, threatening to revoke all undeveloped plots of land at the Asaba industrial estate.
Okowa, who spoke while commissioning the rice mill with a capacity to produce about 200 bags of 25 kg per day, said the decision to revoke undeveloped plots was to pave way for speedy industrialisation of the state.
The Governor, who inspected equipment at Raymos Guana’s farm in Asaba, explained that only plots yet to be developed three years after its allocation would be revoked.
Revocation of certificate of occupancy
According to him, “We will revoke the certificate of occupancy of any plot of land in the industrial estate which is over two years from the date of issuance that has not been developed which the owners have not shown considerable presence of usage, so that those in need of land can get them, develop them and engage our youths industrially. I will call for the records of all the plots of land in this industrial estate and ensure that we put the land to equitable use.”
Okowa commended Raymos Guanah’s farm for its commitment towards growing and processing agricultural produce, promising that his administration would partner with committed industrialists as such would not only bring about speedy development but, would keep the youths positively engaged.
He said: “I am excited at the level of development that I have seen in this farm today, especially because of the level Raymos Guanah, (Chief Executive Officer of Raymos Gunanah’s farm), has taken this farm to. Beyond his cultivation of crops, his passion has led him to full mechanisation of the farm and now, he has a 500 tonnes rice mill. I want to congratulate you on what you have achieved.
Succeeding in farming
“You have demonstrated today that no matter what you read in school, you can succeed in farming if you have the passion and with commitment and passion, you will succeed. God will support you, you are a role model to our people, especially, our youths. We will partner with you in your efforts to empower our youths in agro business especially, rice production and improving food security in the nation.”
Earlier, Guanah said the size of the cultivated rice farm was 160 hectares from which about 500 metric tonnes of rice would be harvested.
The commissioned equipment were tractor operated threshers, tractor operated winnowers, tractor operated water pumps for dry season farming, tractor operated maize thresher, tractor operated cassava planter, harvesters, among others.