Kogi state governor, Captain Idris Wada, has charged traditional rulers in the state to encourage their subjects to engage in agriculture to enhance food production and reduce poverty amongst the people.
The governor gave the charge yesterday when the state Council of Traditional Rulers, led by its chairman, His Royal Majesty, Idakwo Michael Ameh-Oboni, the Attah Igala, paid him a courtesy visit in Lokoja.
Wada re-affirmed his administration’s determination to make Kogi state the Food Basket of the country, stressing that traditional rulers must take the message of going back to agriculture to the people as the only antidote to poverty.
He, therefore, called on them to continue to offer prayers for him for guidance, protection, strength and wisdom to pilot the affairs of the state effectively.
The governor also assured them that he would do his best to commence renovation of their palaces, adding that his administration had renovated that of Oguma in Bassa local government council.
Earlier, the Ohinoyi of Ebira, Alhaji Dr. Ado Ibrahim, the vice-chairman of Kogi state Traditional Council of Chiefs who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers, commended the governor for his leadership quality.
He said all the traditional rulers in the state appreciated the governor and were also happy with him the way the governor had been handling affairs of the state.