Chief Eric Opah, has been inaugurated into the Board of Trustees of the National Apex of Nigeria, Farmers Co-operative Societies Limited, NANFACOS, to represent Abia State and ensure that her rights and needs are channelled properly.
Chief Opah, who emerged after painstaking considerations ensuing from his philanthropic gesture and human development over the years, will work with State and National Excos for a period of 4 years, to ensure that farmers in Abia are well represented.
Speaking at the inauguration, held on Friday at the Obo-Ogu Hall and Event Centre, Mbubo, Isiala Ngwa North, the National President, NANFACOS, Hon. Chief Uzoma Nwogwugwu, said the appointment of Chief Eric Opah is necessitated by the advice given to NANFACOS, to establish management structures for efficient running of administration.
He added that after painstaking consideration, Chief Eric Opah emerged, revealing that this was further necessitated by his contributions towards rural and community development just as he noted that The Chief will serve for a period of 4 years and subject to extension.
Chief Nwogwugwu wished him luck just as he prayed for a new dawn for Abia farmers and Nigeria at large.
In his acceptance speech, Chief Eric Opah appreciated NANFACOS for finding him worthy of the appointment. He regretted that Nigeria has not gotten it right in agriculture, stressing that this appointment will allow him to be involved in Agric value chain.
He pledged to be transparent in sharing funds made available to farmers as they had been denied their rights, insisting that he will ensure loans get to them.
Chief Opah said farming and agriculture can drive the Nigerian economy if machineries are put in place, promising to bring innovations that will ensure Abia’s agricultural produce are packaged for export just as he stated that agriculture is the next oil for Nigeria.
Earlier in their separate speeches, The Chairman, Abia Traditional Rulers Council, His Royal Majesty, Eze Joseph Nwabeke and the State Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, Mr Chinenye Nwogu, said Chief Opah is a square peg in the right hole as he is straightforward and honest, adding that he will not disappoint in bringing about food sufficiency in Abia State.