The Delta State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Julius Egbedi, has appealed to staff of the ministry to partner with him to reposition the ministry as the main driving force of the state’s economy.
The Commissioner made the appeal when he met with staff of the ministry as he kicked off his tour of the various parastatals under the Ministry.
At the Delta State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, (DARDA), the commissioner noted that while the state had in the past experienced a downturn in its finances, he was confident that things have taken turn for the better and as such it would translate to better funding for the ministry and its parastatals.
Hon. Egbedi while promising to run an open door policy, urged staff to develop ideas that would enhance the ministry and put in their best in the execution of duties so as to realise government’s dream to reposition the state as the agricultural hub of the nation.
Earlier, the Chairman of DARDA, Dr Emmanuel Tibi, thanked the commissioner for taking time to visit the parastatals and pledged the support of the staff to key-in into the commissioner’s efforts to reposition the ministry, even as he called on the commissioner to use his office to address the challenges facing the parastatals.
In a related development, the Agric Commissioner, has called for peaceful coexistence between communities and foreign investors.
The commissioner made the call when he visited the palace of His Royal Majesty, Obi Dr Kenneth Ezegbunem 1 JP, the Obi of Nsukwa Kingdom.
Hon. Egbedi said that true development can only thrive in a peaceful environment, where all stakeholders are willing to put aside their personal differences in the interest of common progress and called on parties concerned to come together to work for the common good.
The commissioner who also paid a visit to the office of International Marine Company Limited (IMC), an oil palm produce company at Nsukwa, enjoined foreign investors to be alive to their corporate social responsibility as it go a long way in fostering cordial working relationship with host community.
Other parastatals visited were the offices of the Task Force on Communal Farming, Tractor Hire Agency, Oil Palm Company Ltd, and Delta Agricultural Procurement Agency (DAPA), in Ibusa.