11 November 2020 By Mathew Ayoola
The House of Representatives has promised more legislative support to Nigeria’s agricultural sector to aid the diversification of the nation’s economy.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Agric Production and Services, Alhaji Mohammed Dandutse made the promise in Abuja while declaring open a two day capacity training development on Agriculture.
Alhaji Dandutse who described agriculture as key to national economic development called for more funding of the sector to reduce dependence on oil.
He therefore advised Government at all levels to come up with more realistic programmes that would fast track the growth of the sector.
The Lawmaker said the National Assembly would continue to support efforts aimed at assisting and empowering farmers in rural areas to ensure food security in the Country in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic.
In a remark the Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, FCT Chapter, Mr Caleb Mugrimbia emphasized the need for more strategies that would make agriculture an effective revenue earner for State and Local Governments across the country.
He also emphasized the need for mechanized farming and more financial support to farmers to boost their productivity.
Earlier, the Organizer of the capacity training programme, Ambassador Joshua Osatimehin said the programme was put together to reposition agriculture as an alternative source of revenue generation for State and Local Governments in the Country.
Ambassador Joshua Osatimehin stated that the training would also go a long way in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on grassroots transformation.
He therefore called for more public private sector collaboration in developing the nation’s agricultural