- The the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has commended efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in the development of the Nigerian nation
- The association said the contribution of agriculture to the development of the grassroots through its various support programmes has helped reduce hunger in Nigeria
- ALGON said some Nigerians depend on agriculture for livelihood with the development of the sector indispensable to national growth.
The immediate past president of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Ibrahim Karaye has commended efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in the development of the Nigerian nation.
Karaye said the president has done well on development through agriculture.
In a press statement issued by the association on Tuesday, September 12, Karaye said Nigeria as an agrarian society has 70% of its population living in rural areas.
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He said these individuals depend on agriculture for livelihood with the development of the sector indispensable to national growth.
Karaye also said that in the past two decades, Nigeria has improved its ranking on Global Hunger Index (GHI) from 4 out of 118 counties with a score of 25.5.
Stating that the contribution of agriculture to the development of the grassroots through its various support programmes has helped reduced hunger across the nation.
"Nigerian agriculture has witnessed insufficient and wastefully expensive costs of procurement, stocking and distribution of agricultural products and presently facing several challenges in Agriculture sector. He said Consequently, this has undermined socio-economic growth and thus constitutes a threat to the Federal Government of Nigeria’s 'Vision 2020'," Karaye said.
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He also promised that the association would do all within its powers to address challenges hindering the sector through Comprehensive Local Agriculture Plan (C-LAP).
Karaye said the plan is expected to add value to Nigeria’s agricultural raw materials and integrate Nigeria into world agricultural markets.
He pledged that ALGON will initiate the planning process at grassroots level in conjunction with a consortium of local and international companies who have been appointed for this purpose.
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This, he said will enable optimum utilization of scarce natural, physical & financial resources and to assess and plan for the infrastructure required to support agricultural development.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the federal government announced that huge sums of money are spent yearly on importation of food items.
The vice president Yemi Osinbajo said an intervention fund will be released by the federal government to allow adequate food supply across the nation.
He said the agriculture sector of the Nigerian economy has been boosted as the federal government has approved the sum of N750 billion for it.
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