(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – In furtherance of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives and with a view to improving the welfare of farmers and its host communities in Nigeria, Notore Chemical Industries Plc has donated a 40,000 litre solar-powered integrated water project to Kangare Community in Bauchi Local Government, Bauchi State.
Notore Chemical Industries Plc also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bauchi State Government to provide farmers in the state with subsidized farming materials in 20 local government areas.
At the commissioning of the water project in Kangare, the company, through its Group Managing Director/Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Onajite Okoloko, who was represented by the company’s Head of Government Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Abdurrahman stated that: “As an active member of the Kangerefarming community, Notore noted the shortage of potable drinking water as one of the major social challenges facing the community. Consequently, we decided to construct a 40,000 litre capacity solar powered water project to support the state government’s visible efforts at ameliorating the living conditions of the good people of Bauchi.”
Continuing, he added that: “To drive home our aim of championing Africa’s green revolution, through increased farm yields, Notore has recruited over 3,600 world class extension service professionals to work hand- in-hand with farmers in almost all the 774 local government areas in the country, teaching them best farming practices.”
While expressing his joy at the development, Governor Bala Mohammed said he looked forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with the company, hoping that the proposed MOU with Notore would be of immense benefit to farmers in the state, adding that the government would do its own bit, as party to the MOU, to ensure timely provision of extension services to farmers in other to build their knowledge and capacity bases on modern Agricultural practices.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The water shortages hitherto suffered by the Kangere farming community will become a thing of the past with the construction of the 40,000 litre capacity solar powered water project by Notre, which will go a long way in ameliorating the living conditions of the residents of the area and benefit the state in general.
Again, the provision of extension services by Notre and the Bauchi State Government for farmers in the state will increase their knowledge and capacity bases, resulting in increased yield and production, which will culminate in more wealth for the state. It would be wise for the state to leverage on its partnership with notre to exploit its land assets to create wealth for the state by strengthening its economic capacity.