COMMODITY DEPOT AND CONTROL CENTRE BOARD BILL ND SCALES 2 READING

The Cross River State House of Assembly has read the bill to read the bill to provide for the Cross River State “Commodity Depot and Control Center Board Bill 2019, for the second time. The sponsor of the bill and Member representing Boki 11 State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Hilary Ekpang Bisong said the bill seeks to revolutionize Agriculture in the state, owing to the State industrialization drive of Governor Ayade led administration. The sponsor explained that the intention of the bill is to provide a medium where farm produce are produce and preserved for market within the State as well as export. Bisong explained further that the State’s locally produced raw materials
will be processed in finished goods which will add to the State economy and also regulates the products.

Also speaking, one of the Co-sponsors and deputy leader of the House, Rt. Hon. Fred Okpa Osim, maintained that as an agrarian state our problems had been how to preserve our farm produce, noting that the bill seeks to provide for
such facilities, adding that the bill will also create opportunities to access loans. While, Hon. Cynthia Nkasi, Member
representing Yala 11, another Co-sponsor, assured that the bill when past into law, will empower farmers in the
State, as well as create wealth. The Member representing Etung State Constituency and yet another Co-sponsor of
bill, Hon. Chris Njah Mbu-Ogar, noted that the bill will lent credence to the economic diversification of the Federal Government, when past into law, adding that it will also symbolise Cross River State owned commodities, as well as promote productivity. Members reacted positively commending the sponsor, describing it as timely, noting that the
state will be positioned to attain her rightful place in Agricultural production, when the bill is passed into law.>>>

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