By Wilson Adekumola
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress in Ondo State, Otunba Yomi Akingbade, has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to appoint a competent and established farmer as a Minister of Agriculture.
Akingbade made this disclosure in a statement obtained in Warri, Delta State on Tuesday.
He said, “In a country like Nigeria with over 200 million citizens, the Agricultural sector is very important to grow food locally for the populace and ensure food security.”
Akingbade, an Agriculturalist, urged President Tinubu should prioritize agriculture sector which, according to him, is capable of creating jobs and growing the economy.
“I am so happy that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has a good policy on Agriculture, and plan to establish Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones Across Nigeria to help Nigeria farmers.
“To achieve it and drive the process effectively and efficiently, President Tinubu should appoint a core farmer in Nigeria as Minister of Agriculture”
“Appointing a core farmer as Minister of Agriculture, who will enjoy the support and cooperation from fellow farmers, will make farmers smile, and ensuring that food prices are reduced, while produce will increase to become sufficient for Nigerians and export,” he reiterated.
The Chicago-based businessman explained that food security was crucial to the progress of Nigeria, and appointing a core farmer as Minister of Agriculture, who knows his onions, would encourage farmers to grow more food locally for domestic consumption.