The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says his administration plans to integrate the other five states in the South-West into the food security drive of the state government, adding that such will address the supply deficit for the overall benefit of the people.
Ambode, who spoke on Wednesday at the Lagos House, Ikeja, during the visit of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, also expressed his commitment to the promotion of Yoruba culture.
The governor said the state government had joined the Oodua Investment Group in addition to the acquisition of land in Ogun and Oyo states for agricultural purposes.
Ambode noted that the Ooni’s visit to Lagos was historic because it came a few weeks after the first anniversary of the coronation of the monarch, adding that the Ooni signified cohesion in Yoruba land.
He said, “I believe what we are trying to do about food security in Lagos State is what should be done across the old western region. We have already acquired land in Ogun and Oyo states, but what is imperative for us now is to integrate all other South-West states into the food security mechanism of demand and supply.”
Earlier, Oba Ogunwusi commended Ambode for keeping his promises to the people, saying the result had been the transformation of the state.
He said, “In Osun State, we have land for agriculture and same in Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti states.
“You will not believe that 80 per cent of all the products from our farmlands are wasted. Imagine what will happen if we can work together on how to take food security to another level.”