A Non Governmental Organisation, Wale Bolorunduro Foundation, on Monday, kicked off distribution of farm inputs to 1,200 selected farmers in the 10 local governments of Osun East Senatorial District.
The Chairman of the foundation, Dr. Adewale Bolorunduro, said the gesture was part of effort to complement the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government’s diversification agenda.
Bolorunduro, who is the immediate past Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning in the state, said the gesture would cover selected farmers in all the 10 Local Governments of Osun East Senatorial District.
He advised cocoa farmers to ensure proper application of the insecticides, maintaining that future of Nigeria is good with the steps being taken by the federal government.
Assuring farmers of distribution of more farm instrument from his foundation, Bolorunduro said he is talking with an agency to get more cocoa and palm kernel seedlings.
Farm inputs like pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, among others were distributed to farmers, many of who are old men, women and youths.
Speaking in Ibokun, headquarters of Obokun local government and Ilare-Ijesa in Oriade local government, Bolorunduro denied insinuations that he has a rift with Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
He warned the politicians that are spreading the rumour to desist from misleading the people, saying “my career was truncated by the love I have for Aregbesola.
“It was the turn of Yorubaland to produce the governor of central bank and I was called to the opportunity, I could not go for it because we were preparing for the re-election of the governor.
“I spent my money to ensure the victory of Aregbesola during his re-election, how would I now be fighting him when it is his turn to support me.
“I have worked for more than 20 years in bank before I was called to come and become Commissioner for finance in Osun State. I became General Manager of a bank in 2005. I started the foundation in 2006.
Bolorunduro who also denied rumour that he stole money during his tenure as Commissioner for Finance, dared anybody with fact to come to public with evidence.
He said, “I was the only person that went to the House of Assembly for screening with my Land Cruiser, even, governor has not bought his own by that time.