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Kebbi allocates 10 hectares of land for establishment of Agric Machinery Institute –NASENI

Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office; Alhaji Dahiru Zaki (3rd from left) Handing Over the Documents for 10 Hectares of Land for Establishment of AMEDI, Dr. Mohammad Mohammed, Director of Procurement at NASEN, in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State        Photo: NASENI

*The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure receives the title document for 10 hectares of land from the Kebbi State for the establishment of Agricultural Machinery Development Institute, in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has disclosed the Kebbi State Government of Nigeria Wednesday, April 17, 2024, handed over 10 hectares of land to the agency for the establishment of Agricultural Machinery Development Institute (AMEDI), in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.

NASENI said the development was in line with the Federal Government’s directive that the six geopolitical zones in the country should host an AMEDI each.

Mr. Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, Director of Information at NASENI, stated Permanent Secretary of Kebbi State Cabinet Office, Alhaji Dahiru Zaki, handed over the document for 10 hectares of land situated along Birnin Kebbi-Argungu Road to the Executive Vice Chairman /CEO of the Agency, Mr Khalil Suleiman Halilu.

The Permanent Secretary led a delegation of Kebbi State Government officials, including the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed; Representative of Perm Sec, Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Adamu Dankawu; Special Adviser, Special Duties to the Governor, Alhaji Shafiu Zauro, and the representative of the District Head of Zauro, (the host community) to the event.

The statement noted that Kebbi State got the nod of the Federal Government because of its vast arable land in rice production and other farm produce among the seven states of the North-West geopolitical zone.

NASENI said the handing over of the land documents was done on the permanent site of the proposed Institute. NASENI’s Director of Procurement, Dr. Mohammed Mohammed, received the documents on behalf of the EVC /CEO of the Agency, stated the Director of Information.

The agency also disclosed Alhaji Zaki said that Kebbi State people are grateful to the Federal Government for siting the Institute in the state.

Zaki stated that the project would accelerate development and create job opportunities for the teeming youths in the state.

Kebbi State was chosen as the site of the new AMEDI due to its agrarian capacity in rice production and other cash crops, Zaki stated.

”This land was earmarked by the state government in the last two years for allocation to NASENI for establishment of AMEDI.

“We are the leading producer of rice and so many other crops and that is what informed the decision to site this project in Kebbi state,” stated he.

Speaking on behalf of the EVC/CEO of NASENI, Dr. Mohammed appreciated Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State for giving NASENI the land at a strategic location along Airport Road, in Birnin Kebbi, to start building the Institute.

Mohammed stated that the project would commence immediately, as Halilu has put all the necessary machinery in place.

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