By Obo Wilson
History was yesterday made as the much celebrated emergent political leader representing the good people of Igede in the Benue 9th assembly, Most Distinguished Hon. Okponya Okanga Joseph inked his name on the sands of time with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between his humble self and the CEO, Seed & Mech Hubs Ltd.; an agro-allied company based in Abuja, for the establishment of a cassava processing factory for his constituents.
This is sequence to an earlier familiarization visit to the people of Oju II by a combined team of experts from the Company and a delegation from the erudite Honorable where the people of Ainu, Idelle and Uwokwu when asked to point out areas where they needed agricultural intervention unanimously agreed that a cassava processing factory is what they needed for a start.
Over the years, cassava production has been the hub of farming in Igede land as tones of cassava are continuously harvested from the farms, but there have not been a value addition to the production. This is basically because the people lack the wherewithal to refine them into finished goods. Hence, the continues carting away of the raw materials by opportunists who buy at ridiculously cheap prices, process same and sell back to us at exorbitant prices.
According to the CEO, Seed & Mech Hubs Ltd, our very own Agricultural sage, comrade Innocent Adoga, the factory when established will be able to produce an estimated one hundred and fourty-four(144) bags of garri everyday plus cassava chips, starch and other cassava products. This will no doubt end the onerous task of our women roasting themselves in an ovenated fire while frying grated cassava in the name of producing garri and yet, yielding very little results.
Present to witness the epoch making event were comrades Akpegi Aleje, John Oga Inakwu, Isaac Ekirigwe-Edeh, Ijale Timothy Onah Moses and a host of others.
Indeed, we can have the heavens on earth if we chose the right leaders. Oju II have set the ball rolling with the Choice of #Okanga and they are clearly not regretting it. More wisdom the chosen. God bless the Igede nation.