From: Kazeem Biriowo, Abuja
ALHAJI Sabo Muhammed Nanono, the newly inaugurated Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Wednesday called for joint effort in order to revive the agricultural sector considering its key attention to repositioning the nation’s economy.
Nanono spoke while addressing the staff and management of the ministry at the ministry in Abuja.
The minister who applauded staff of the ministry encouraged them to sit up, saying there is much work to be done, adding that the international communities look forward to nation’s agricultural sector; hence the country cannot afford to fail.
“I studied Business Administration but have been in the agricultural sector since 1973.
“I am very much interested in agriculture and most people identify me with that. Agriculture has been a sector that has been holding the economy and we need to work in synergy to move to agriculture to the next level,” he said.
According to him, the rate of hunger in Nigeria cannot be compared with other nations such as India in the past but the nation is capable of feeding the whole of West Africa, only if it can get things right.
However, he promised to deploy his best to move the sector forward.
“There is no hunger in Nigeria compared to what I saw in India in 1973, what we need is to get our act together and develop the sector. So I am very interested because this is the most important ministry capable of turning the Nigerian economy around and assist in actualising the aims and objectives of this administration”. He added.
In his remarks, Dr. Umar Muhammed Bello, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry welcomed both ministers, saying vision of the ministry is to achieve a hunger free Nigeria through the sector, and to drives income growth, accelerates achievement of food and nutritional security, generates employment and transforms Nigeria into a leading player in global food markets to grow wealth for millions of farmers.
He concluded that detailed activities of the ministry would be provided subsequently during the departmental briefing.