The Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari will soon inaugurate an empowerment programme called G-Money meant to boost agricultural activities in the state.
Ayade made this known when he briefed State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
According to him, G-Money is an empowerment programme designed to create job opportunities for young people in the agricultural sector of the economy. The governor expressed the hope that the programme, when fully functional, would create jobs for over 2,000 young persons who would have at least 5,000 hectares of farmland for rice.
”As part of the discussion with Mr President, we have agreed without a specific date but agreement in terms of period, he will be visiting Cross River state to commission yet again, a new programme called G-money.
”G-money is an empowerment of young people through agriculture, job creation through agriculture, establishing massive equipment. We, as a state government procured the equipment from John Deere of the United States, the biggest company in the world for deforestation, land clearing, land preparation for agriculture.
”With the partnership we have with Tata, the local partner, we have made order and taken delivery of a large number of tractors, bulldozers, payloaders, excavators, the list is endless,” he added.
Ayade further disclosed: “Mr President will flag off the G-money programme, which is a green economy focusing on agriculture as a way forward. For a country that imports rice, where rice is our staple food with the northern and southern parts of Nigeria, it is a key project to Mr President, lifting women and young people out of unemployment by creating green jobs for them.
”So , the president has given his approval that he is coming to do the grand commissioning of the G-money programme and all the requirement we have procured, including the new factory, that is the slaughter house for poultry.”