Reporter : CHINAZO ILECHUKWU
The Federal Government says it will continue to accord priority to programmes and policies that are geared towards ensuring food security.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clement Agba, gave the assurance while inaugurating a 3.5 kilometer rural road executed by the Federal Government at Umucheke Okwe in Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State.
The People of Umucheke Okwe Community are predominantly farmers with special interest in yam, cassava, maize and vegetable production.
Access road to transport their produce to the city or neighbouring communities has remained a major challenge to the people.
As part of efforts to fight hunger and create jobs through agriculture, the Federal Government embarked on massive construction of an access road which cuts across more than two hundred communities in the six geo-political zones of the country.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Agba, urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by re-doubling their efforts in food production.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Lambert Orisakwe, said the state had made huge investments in agriculture, noting that the access road would complement the effort of the Governor Hope Uzodimma led administration in providing road infrastructure.
The South-East Zonal Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Felix Kehis, said the community was chosen to benefit from the special intervention due to its exploits in agriculture and challenged the people to take necessary steps to maximize their yields.
An indigene of the community and former National Organizing Secretary of the APC, Chief Emma Ibediro, commended the Federal Government for remembering the community and called for more projects in the area.