The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture and Food Security (FMAFS), Senator Abubakar Kyari, has pledged to dedicate 100 per cent of his efforts towards mitigating challenges such as food insecurity and flooding while enhancing the nation’s agricultural production.
Upon assuming his office in Abuja recently, Kyari affirmed that the challenges within the agricultural sector are not insurmountable. He highlighted that President Bola Tinubu, has declared a state of emergency in food security, underlining the urgency to tackle these issues. Kyari firmly believes that the “Renewed Hope” agenda will reflect his dedication to reviving and securing the country’s food and nutrition supply.
In his words, “Our aim goes beyond just securing and feeding our nation; we also aspire to become food exporters. The untapped potential is there, waiting for us to harness,” emphasised the minister.
Kyari conveyed his deep appreciation to the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, CON, for his support and commitment to service both within the state and the broader national context.
Zulum lauded the efforts of both ministers and highlighted the necessity for them to collaborate closely to ensure not only quantity but also quality food security for Nigeria.
The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi, echoed the task ahead of the ministry and stressed that the goal of making Nigeria self-sufficient in terms of food production was an immense one, requiring united efforts from all stakeholders.
Among the dignitaries present at the occasion were Zulum, some members of the Borno State House of Assembly, family members and friends.
The event culminated in a significant moment – the transfer of the ministry’s official documents from the permanent secretary, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe to the newly-appointed minister.