“Fostering Agricultural Investment in Delta State: A Call for Home-Grown Support”. Amaju Pinnick Melvin, the Chairman of Brownhill Group, hails from Delta State

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Written By Comrade Victor Ojei (popularly called Wong Box Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Delta State on Civil Societies and NGOs. Feel free to contact us via WhatsApp on 08038785262)


Delta State, nestled in the heart of Nigeria’s fertile Niger Delta region, is undeniably blessed with arable soil and immense agricultural potential. While Oyo State has rightfully earned its reputation as a hub for agriculture, it’s essential to recognize that Delta State also possesses the resources to thrive in this sector. This article sheds light on the opportunities that Delta State holds and advocates for a more localized approach to investment, focusing on the recent example of Amaju Pinnick Melvin’s agricultural venture.



Amaju Pinnick Melvin: A Deltan Championing Agriculture:

Amaju Pinnick Melvin, the Chairman of Brownhill Group, hails from Delta State, a region rich in natural resources. Despite his Delta roots, Amaju chose to establish a substantial farm in Oyo State. While this decision may seem perplexing at first glance, it is essential to consider the factors that influence such choices.


Challenges Faced by Investors in Delta State:

One major factor that may have influenced Amaju’s decision is the challenging environment for investors in Delta State. High rates of unemployment in the region underscore the urgent need for investments that can create job opportunities and stimulate economic growth. However, potential investors often encounter obstacles such as the notorious “Deve fee,” a practice where multiple youth groups expect payments from investors, effectively discouraging investment.


Government Initiatives to Encourage Investment:

The Delta State Government House of Assembly deserves commendation for taking proactive measures to discourage extortion and exploitation of investors. Enacting laws that criminalize such actions demonstrates a commitment to fostering a more investor-friendly environment. *These legislative efforts send a clear message that Delta State is open for business and welcomes those who wish to contribute to its economic development.


A Call to Action for Deltans:

*While we cannot fault Amaju Pinnick Melvin for his choice to invest in Oyo State, this situation serves as a wake-up call for Deltans to remember the principle that “charity begins at home.” Prominent Deltans like Amaju, Prof. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Tony Elumelu, and others who have achieved success on the national and global stage should consider how they can impact their home state positively.


Acknowledging Philanthropic Efforts:

We must also appreciate the philanthropic endeavors of individuals like Jim Ovia, the former boss of Zenith Bank, who has contributed significantly to the people of Ika through scholarships and employment opportunities. These acts of giving back to the community set a positive example for others to follow and demonstrate the power of using one’s wealth for job creation and societal betterment.



In conclusion, Delta State possesses vast agricultural potential, and it is high time that Deltans come together to encourage investment and create opportunities within their own state. By fostering a more welcoming environment for investors and nurturing home-grown initiatives, Delta State can address its unemployment challenges and harness its agricultural riches for the benefit of its people. “The youths of Nigeria sincerely need help, and the time to act is now.”

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