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Diri pushes for drift to farming

By Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri is set to inaugurate a 60-metric tons cassava starch factory built by the government at Ebedebiri in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state.

Diri, who made this known at the weekend during an inspection tour of the factory, called on the people of the state to go back to the farms as the current production capacity of the people would not be enough to service the factory.

In order to meet the plant’s expected production capacity, the governor urged Bayelsans to engage in massive cassava farming.

Diri, who expressed satisfaction with the level of work done, noted that due to its production capacity, the quantity of cassava produced in the state would not be enough for it to produce at full capacity.

He called on the people to go into cassava farming as it would be a source of revenue generation not only to the state but also to the people.

He said: “This is an indication that our people have to go back to the farms as what we are producing now would not be enough for the factory. So, I call on all Bayelsans to be very serious with cassava farming and production.

“All the necessary tools and machines are here.”

In another Development, the Bayelsa State government has urged youths to explore the opportunities that abound in modern communications and technology to enrich their lives and avoid acts capable of ruining their future.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Students Affairs, Atti Moses who spoke during the 3rd Democracy Day lecture/emerging leaders conference to mark this year’s Democracy Day in Yenagoa urged youths in the state to always venture into meaningful activities that would better their tomorrow.

According to him, youths are expected to expand their knowledge base from the lecture and whatever they might have acquired before now.

Moses said the emerging leaders’ conference is an annual event targeted at building the intellectual capacity of students and youths which is held every Democracy Day.

The Vice-Chancellor, Bayelsa State Medical University, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, said no society could develop without the involvement of the youth.

Etebu urged the youth to dedicate their minds to science and technology as the way forward, saying that it would enable them to become useful to society.

He said the Bayelsa State government had established a medical university to train the youth in the medical field.

He stated: “Bayelsa youths should dedicate their minds to science and technology as the way forward. That will enable them to become useful to society.

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