Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, yesterday said he did not collect any bailout money from the Federal Government but that he rather applied and collected N10 billion from the crude oil money that was shared to states.
He made this declaration yesterday during a Town Hall Meeting and media chat in Birnin Kebbi to mark the one year anniversary of his administration.
He added that the N10 billion was still intact and is yet to be used.
He said: “Kebbi State did not collect the bailout money, but we only benefit from the crude oil money which was shared to states, if I get approval, I promised to use it judiciously,” he added.
Bagudu, who further pointed out that within a short time, Kebbi State would meet the rice and wheat need of Nigeria and within a year it would be able to export the products to other countries, adding that his confident and optimistic that if the rice producing states come together they would meet Nigeria’s need and even export within one year.
He said his administration decided to support the farmers by giving them better seedings, loans, fertilizer and other farm inputs, so that they could produce more rice and wheat than they have been doing before.
He continued; “We have up land rice potential in almost all our local government areas. We have in excess of 300,000 hectares to produce rice, we have the FADAMA belt that started from Sokoto through River Rima and over 350 long up to a point at Tuga in Bagudo Local Government Area, where the river flows into the River Niger.
“We also have the River Niger running from Kanji Lake through our borders with Benin Republic and Niger Republic, this is over 300 kilometres.”