Tuesday, August 7, 2018
“We are hungry; not getting enough from centre” – Emir of Buhari’s hometown
The Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Faruq Umar, has raised the alarm over lack of support for the people of the emirate from the centre despite their son being the president of Nigeria.
The traditional ruler added that the people of the community are “hungry”.
The Emir made this known on Monday when Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, paid him a courtesy visit while on a working visit to the state.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari is known for his principles and will not influence siting of projects in the area but appealed to the President’s appointees to do the needful.
The Emir specifically accused Buhari’s ministers of not doing enough to assist Daura with a viable project.
“Buhari by his nature will not influence the siting of any projects in Daura. But his Ministers who benefitted from his appointment should reciprocate by bringing developmental projects to Daura, his birth place.
“It is a call to duty for the Ministers to make provision in their Ministry’s budget of ensuring that Daura benefitted immensely from Buhari administration.
“If the Ministers failed to site any projects to Daura, they have betrayed the President and people of Daura.
“Like the Rice production in Kebbi State. Katsina has prospects in rice production and irrigation farming.
“Katsina has dams and irrigation sites like Sabke, Jibia, Zobe, Daberan, Mai Ruwa dams and if utilized and reciprocated has potentials of feeding the state and it’s neighbours.
“I urge you to go back, look inwards and search for what, how you can assist people of Daura. Daura is faced with absence of projects for its development and its people are hungry and need federal government’s assistance.”
Responding, Ogbeh said the ministry will look into the issue of establishment of a rice mill as well as providing improved seeds to create jobs in Daura emirate.
Earlier, Ogbeh said that his ministry had kicked off a plan to establish a tomatoes farm and processing plants that will create about six thousand (6,000) jobs for farmers growing tomatoes.
He said that the project would stop importation of tomatoes in the country.