22nd May, 2022
By Nabilu Balarabe
The leading presidential aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has promised to establish an agro industrial zone in Yobe, if elected.
Tinubu made the pledge in Damaturu on Sunday while addressing the 228 APC delegates in the state.
He said the zone would support speedy and sustainable agricultural development in the state and the country by extension.
“I can mentally picture maize, millet, sorghum, cotton and so on. I will encourage industrial processing zone for Yobe.
“Very good you have an airport; I landed safely in it. But it is not to be there without the cargo and necessary investment to promote the growth and development of Yobe.
“You need a president like me who can see value in your land. Who can see commodity exchange,” he said.
He expressed dissatisfaction at the inability of successive military regimes to sustain a commodity marketing board.
“We need the marketing boards to establish commodities exchange to guarantee good pricing to the farmers.
“We should not be talking about hunger or not being a rich country; we are rich.
“Israel has no oil, no land; it is a pure desert. Today they grow vegetables to the rest of the world, marketing items and making progress because they commit themselves to it.
“As a president, I will commit myself to the growth and prosperity of our country,” he said.
He said he would ensure that security challenges bedevilling some parts of the country are tackled.
Tinubu appealed to the delegates to vote for him at the forthcoming special convention of the party, assuring that he would never fail them.