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Gov. Bagudu approves land for Rice Academy by WACOT in Kebbi



Atiku Bagudu

Kebbi State Government has approved the allocation of land to WACOT for the establishment of a Rice Academy in Suru Local Government area.

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu announced this after facility tour round the second WACOT rice mill under construction together with the state governor-elect, Dr. Nasir Idris, Kauran Gwandu in Argungu this Saturday.

Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu commended the company for enhancing rice production and investment drive in Kebbi state.

The governor acknowledged that WACOT Rice Mill has become the single largest mill in Africa, recalling that the mill was the first major plant to be commissioned by the Buhari administration in Nigeria.

He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the establishment of Agricultural Mechanisation Workshop and Skill Acquisition Centre in Kebbi state.

Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu described the people of Kebbi state as good partners, expressing happiness that WACOT has recovered ninety-nine percent of the loan provided to rice farmers to maximize production.

The Governor further commended the company for its immense contribution to the attainment of food security in Nigeria.

In a remark, the governor-elect, Dr. Nasir Idris, said as a labour leader, he was overwhelmed by the magnanimity of WACOT to provide massive employment to indigenes of Kebbi state, thereby reducing unemployment and enhancing wealth creation.

Dr. Nasir Idris commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for providing an enabling environment within which WACOT has been operating peacefully and successfully in the state, pledging to sustain partnership with the company.

The governor-elect appealed to WACOT to extend its financial and material support to rice farmers in all the local government areas of Kebbi state.

The Chairman of WACOT, Mallam Farooq Gumel said work on the second rice mill of the company neighboring the first plant, has reached ninety five percent completion and was expected to be commissioned within the next months.

Mallam Farooq Gumel thanked Governor Abubakar Bagudu for his unrelenting support to the company to operate with full capacity and extended similar appreciation to RIFAN for galvanizing rice farmers to increase yields desired as raw material by the plant.

He said in addition to rice production, WACOT was also producing vegetable oil, sesame, cashew and chicken as well as other food items in furtherance of the quest for food security.

Mallam Farooq Gumel announced that WACOT has taken the responsibility of providing scholarship to the four girls of the Federal Government College Birnin Yauri, recently released from captivity for their educational pursuit up to University level.

The National President of RIFAN, Alhaji Aminu Goronyo congratulated WACOT for successfully establishing a second rice mill which was nearing completion.

Alhaji Aminu Goronyo said this has been made possible with the commitment of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to agricultural development.

The RIFAN President informed the gathering that an Egyptian delegation was in Kebbi state to enter into partnership with the government to begin pilot agricultural project including rice production in Argungu and other parts of the state.

The Egyptian experts were on the entourage of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu taken round the second WACOT Rice Mill together with the State Governor-elect, Dr. Nasir Idris and the Chairman of the Company, Mallam Farroq Gumel.

The Managing Director of WACOT Mr. Kumar briefed them about the functions of the various sections of the mill.

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