Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, has commended his predecessor, Akinwunmi Adesina, for the innovations he introduced into the nation’s agricultural system. He said however, that despite the good intentions of Adesina, corruption still crept into agriculture under him. “People supplied sharp sands as fertilizer while fake seeds were sold to farmers. There were companies with no traceable addresses,” Ogbeh said, adding that many struggling farmers lost their monies as a result.
The Minister of complimented the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan for its achievements in agriculture but said corruption was still rampant.
He was speaking on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state, where President Muhammadu Buhari officially launched the N40 billion Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) and the commencement of the dry season farming organised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for rice farmers across the country.
Minister Ogbeh further stressed “No room for quacks anymore. Under this administration, that will never happen again. Security agencies will now be used to check fraudsters. We will no longer allow the elite play prank on our farmers.” Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor, said the bank was concerned about the high amount of foreign exchange spent on importation of food items that could be locally produced.
Buhari, in his remarks, also described as “unsustainable” the situation where Nigeria spent huge sums of money on importing foods that could be locally produced in Nigeria. He said the only way out of poverty was the diversification of the economy through agriculture and solid minerals. Follow us on twitter @thecableng
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