Governor Bello Muhammed Matawallen Maradun had on Tuesday Released the sum of 30 million naira for the revatalization of Zamfara State Poultry Production Unit Gusau.
The Governor announced the release of the money when he paid an unscheduled visit at the centre located along Olusegun Obasanjo Drive, Gusau the state capital.
In a statement by the Governors Press Secretary Jamilu Iliyasu Birnin Magaji said the Gusau poultry production unit was commissioned by the premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto on the 30th of October, 1960 as a mean of boosting revenue generation and creation of employment opporynity to the people of the state.
The unit is now under the control of Zamfara State Directorate of Animal Health, Rugga and Livestock Development.
Governor Bello Matawalle who expressed concern with the condition of the centre directed the officials to immediately fix all the broken down facilities and equipments as well as clear the unit preparatory to the resumption of its operations.
He said his administration would provide modern poultry production equipments and accessories in addition to the provision of vehicles to the centre.
He said the eggs and chicken being produced by the unit will henceforth be purchased by the state government for feeding of its secondary school students so as to improve revenue generation of the state.
The Governor said the thirty million Naira will be use as a take off grant as the unit had been redundant for many years hence the need for his administration to revive it to normal use becomes absolutely necessary.
He urged the officials to effectively utilise the fund provided saying he will regularly pay visits to the facility to see the progress of its revival.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Animal Health, Rugga and Livestock Development, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi Maradun told the Governor that the unit is a special centre for the production of Chicken, Eggs, Animal food as well as serve as revenue generation window for the state noting that, the centre is historic and has been in existence for over 60 years.
He commended the Governor for his timely intervention in reviving the centre and making it effective for future use.