Ben Ezechime, Enugu
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Governorship candidate in Enugu State, Chief Frank Nweke Jnr, has promised to leverage the Agricultural Innovation Centre, Asada in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of the state to boost economic transformation.
He told the people of Uzo Uwani that his administration would leverage the centre with functional markets and good road network, if elected.
He assured people of Adaba Community of Uzo Uwani Local Government Area that, all their needs were among his top priority for the state.
Nweke promised the community, a firm resolution to the terror of herdsmen attacks, ensuring that itinerant farmers will return to their trade without fear.
He promised to provide them with extension services through agricultural innovation centers set up across the State.
“We will help you to set up agricultural cooperatives and work through these to widen access to factors of production such as capital and capacity building.
“Others include equipment, land, seedlings for rural farmers, people transitioning from the civil service and a new generation of agro-food entrepreneurs.
“My government will also revive the era of farming estates and attract large scale farmers in order to open up the entire Uzo-Uwani to accelerate development.
“These settlements will have all the infrastructure needed to live comfortably such as good roads, water, healthcare, schools, markets and more,” he assured.
He said such will speed up rural development and reduce congestion in the major cities,” he said.
Nweke also said the community’s dilapidated roads will receive priority attention under his administration’s Strategic Road Construction and Rehabilitation Programme.
According to him, such will give access to easy transportation of agricultural produce from the farms to the markets.
Earlier, Mr Chimezie Agu, a youth leader from the community said that PDP government failed to keep their promises to Adaba and its surrounding communities of Uzo Uwani.
Agu, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, listed agricultural machines, inputs, a functional market and good roads as the pressing needs of the people.
“PDP administration has failed us, hence we the youths, have vowed to throw our weight behind the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the coming elections,” he said.