By Olivia Obijiaku
The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Mallam Nasiru El Rufai has commended the Catholic Diocese of Zaria shepherded by His Lordship, Most Rev Dr. George Jonathan Dodo for its initiatives towards eradicating hunger and unemployment in the country through the establishment of a Modern Rice Mill Factory. He gave the recommendation at the official commissioning of the factory in Our Lady of Perpetual Pastoral Centre Graceland Zaria on Thursday, 28th April 2022.
Speaking through a representative, the Commissioner, Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture, Hon Ibrahim Garba Husaini, His Excellency noted that the factory which is directed by the Procurator of the diocese, Very Rev Fr. Michael Kagarko is in line with present government transformation agenda and expressed willingness to partner with the diocese in that area.
Vicar General of the diocese, Very Rev Fr. Henry Atuma (left) and CATHDIZA Farms Director, Rev Fr Kagarko (middle) leading dignitaries to the factory
“I would like to commend the efforts of Cathdiza Farms under Zaria Diocese for the giant strides to establish a Rice Mill with a view to address food shortage in Zaria and Nigeria.” Mallam El Rufai expressed. “This is aligning with the Federal Government Policy on Transformation for Agriculture in Nigeria and also the diversification of economy. Nigeria has for long relied on mono economy of oil and evidently, we will have problems. In the next couple of years or decades, oil will no longer be relevant. So, in its effort, the Federal Government focused attention particularly in the development of agriculture.”
“Kaduna State Government is banking on the Federal Government Programs and Projects and we are involved in so many projects and programs which led to Kaduna State becoming the number one in the list of doing business in Nigeria since 2018. So, take advantage of what we have and come close to us. We have a lot of programs that we are implementing. Immediately after this program, please come to our office. Once more, I congratulate you and I look forward to partnering with you.”