As part of efforts to restore agriculture back to its enviable status, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has inaugurated a 12-man agricultural development programme executive committee to drive the process.
This was contained in a statement singed and issued by Austine Elemue, S.A Media To FCT Minister of State
December 5, 2022, said the minister’s commitment was in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate of lifting about 100 million out of poverty, the FCT Administration places high premium on agriculture as a viable tool for ensuring food and nutrition security aimed at reduction of poverty and creation of jobs amongst households in the territory.
According to her; “The commitment of this administration to ensuring increased productivity in the agricultural sector and poverty reduction is evidenced in the initiation of series of viable and sustainable policies and programmes aimed at restoring agriculture back to its initial enviable status before the discovery of oil.
“The recently launched National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP) which is meant to provide a roadmap for the transformation of the agri-food systems in Nigeria is another giant step taken by the administration in ensuring food security in the country.
Aliyu stressed that the policy also seeks to meet the needs of women, young people and people with special needs, by consciously incorporating technology and innovation into the agricultural sector which, she said requires engagement of appropriate strategies for effective delivery.
She, therefore, expressed the hope that the reversal of the FCT Agriculture Development Programme to its initial Agency status cannot be done at a better time than now as issues of food security is a front burner in the programmes of this administration.
In his acceptance speech on behalf of the committee members, FCTA Permanent Secretary and chairman of the committee, Mr. Olusade Adesola, noted that the commitment of the FCT Minister of State towards the development of the agricultural sector has led to the inauguration of the committee.