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Lawmaker Pledges Support For Okowa’s S.M.A.R.T Agenda

Posted: Jun 10, 2016 at 6:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Awele Ogbogu

ASABA – Hon. Tony Elekeokwuri, representing Ika North East Local Government Area in the Delta State House of Assembly, has promised to make the empowerment programmes as encapsulated in Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s S.M.A.R.T. agenda a cardinal focus of his constituency projects.

Elekeokwuri made the pledge during a recent tour of the Mbiri Farm Settlement located in his constituency, describing the visit as a way of supporting members of his constituency benefiting from the state government’s intervention in agriculture.

The lawmaker who interacted with members of the Mbiri Fish Farmers Multi Purpose Cooperative Society and the crop farmers, revealed that he had assisted the cooperatives with funds and logistics support and promised to explore further avenues to compliment the state government’s agricultural empowerment programmes in his constituency.

He noted that his assistance to the cooperative groups was in the right direction as youth empowerment and self employment opportunities were the major highlight of his electioneering promises to the people.

During the visit, the farmers informed the lawmaker that plans were in top gear to diversify into cultivation of water melon, cucumber and other crops brought from other parts of the country while drawing the attention of the lawmaker to the poor state of the only access road to the farm settlement which has made it difficult for them to access markets in urban areas.