The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has promised to provide farmers, under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, with free Certificates of Occupancy to enable them access their lands for productive farming.
Obaseki stated this on Wednesday during the inauguration of the programme in Benin, where the beneficiaries were awarded a loan of N2bn provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria and guaranteed by the Edo State Government.
He spoke just as Governor Adams Oshiomhole explained that the aim of the loan was to provide employment, reduce food imports and diversify the economy.
The APC candidate also assured that his administration would collaborate with various communities on the use of modern equipment for farming.
He said, “I will make sure that all farmers under this Anchor Borrowers’ Programme get their certificates of occupancy free of charge because with the certificates of occupancy, you now have access.
Obaseki, who said that the programme would ignite agricultural revolution in the state, noted said that there were other incentives that the state government would provide to reduce the cost of production, cultivation and increase profit for farmers.