Kwara To Establish Farm Produce Commodity Board

The Kwara State has announced plan to establish a Farm Produce Commodity Board as a way to assist farmers to get market for their farm produce.

Commissioner for Information and Communications! Alhaji Babatunde Ajeigbe, made this known  while briefing newsmen after  the State Executive Council meeting in Ilorin, the state capital.

Ajeigbe said the establishment of the commodity board would  be fashioned after the old commodity boards of the 80s.

The Commissioner added that the board, when established would  assist in promoting agriculture business in the state and would be private sector driven.

The Attorney General and commissioner for Justice he said had been directed to forward  a bill to the State House of Assembly for passage to establish the Commodity Board.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Media to the Governor, Dr Muyideen Akorede, while speaking at the briefing said the state was adjudged the best in the implementation of ‘save-one-millio-lives’ programme  in the North Central geopolitical zone.

He also disclosed that Kwara was on the sixth position among the participating states in the country.

According to the SSA, the save one million lives program was in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Akorede said the states were assessed on the basis of maternal and child mortality, usage of treated mosquito nets and support for health delivery services.

“On the basis of this performance, Kwara State has been selected to be among the 12 states to benefit from another save one million lives scheme,” Akorede said.

He said the council also approved implementation of Kwara Monitoring and Evaluation policy to monitor and evaluate programs of all MDAS.

Akorede added that the Executive council took note of the forth coming electioneering campaign in the state of the need for all political public speakers and religious preachers to avoid hate and speeches capable of creating incitement and against the government.

He therefore warned that the state governor, as the Chief Security officer of the state was saddled with the responsibility of maintaining peace and order in the state.

Akorede said the Council has directed the Attorney General to inform the Security agents to invite public speakers and preachers to defend the speeches they made.