Gov. Segun Oni of Ekiti on Sunday donated N1.5 million to some farmers who engaged in FADAMA farming at the Hausa settlement along Ado-IjesaIsu road, Ado-Ekiti. The 30 farmers received the sum of N50,000 each.
Oni, who was impressed by their farming methods, said the donation was aimed toÂ help them boost their business.
â€œThe state government has approved the disbursement of the sum of N50,000 each to all the 30 farmers in this settlement.
â€œThe amount is to be disbursed immediately by the commissioner of Agriculture.
â€œPlease do not use it for frivolities but make sure it is used to boost your financial base,â€ the governor charged them.
He assured them of adequateÂ government support and protection at all times.
â€œIf anybody is disturbing your farming activities make sure you inform the government on time for us to take appropriate actionsâ€, Oni stated.
The desire of government, Oni said, was to ensure that theÂ settlement served as a centre where fresh farm produce couldÂ be bought all year round.
Responding, the Leader of theÂ farmers, Malam Ahmed Adamu, who said that they have been farming in the area for the past 17 years, promised proper utilisation of the money. Adamu while commending the governor for the gesture, assured that the farmers would always cooperate with the state government.