The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has placed an urgent call to staff of the ministry at all levels to work hand in hand to achieve the President’s goal of ensuring food sufficiency in the country.
Dr. Abubakar made the call when he visited the North- West Zonal office Complex of the ministry in Kaduna, Kaduna State over the weekend.
TheFact Nigeria noted that despite the president’s investment in agriculture, food sufficiency was still far fetched.
Dr. Abubakar pointed out that the working visit was basically to ensure that the staff and management team of the ministry in the North West region worked in tandem with the Federal Government’s focus on the overall development of human capacity for enhanced productivity especially in its efforts in achieving food security and Job creation for Nigerians.
He urged the staff to always align their duties with Mr President’s diversification policy in the Agric sector whose main deliverables include achieving food sufficiency, job creation and economic growth.
The minister stated that the establishment of the Zonal and State Offices of the ministry across the country was to provide leadership and policy direction for the successful implementation of the Agricultural programmes of the Ministry across board.
He said there was need for a robust synergy and collaboration between the Headquarter, Zonal and State levels for the effective and efficient implementation of the diversification policy of the government.
The minister further stated that he would support the training and welfare of the staff of the ministry in order to enhance their performance and increase their productivity in the work place.
In his remarks, the North – West Zonal Director in the ministry, Engr. Ubandoma Ulaaramu, described the minister’s visit as “good and timely”, adding that it will encourage and enhance the capability of staff in the zone.
He pledged the support of the staff to work assiduously towards achieving the ministry’s mandate and Mr. President’s diversification plan in the agriculture sector.
The Minister earlier visited the Ministry’s Central Stores located at Mando, Kaduna State, where he promised to ensure that the equipment and farm inputs procured by the ministry got directly to the people they were meant for (farmers).