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Our Neglect Of Aagricultural Sector Responsible For Food Insecurity- Shettima

 

Nigeria’s Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima has said the country’s reliance on oil since the early 70s and the neglect of the agricultural sector were responsible for food insecurity.

Shettima said the challenge assumed a disturbing proportion as a result of policy inconsistencies, mismanagement of resources, corruption, climate change, insurgencies, and natural disasters, among others.

The VP made this assertion while delivering convocation lecture tagged “Addressing Nigeria’s Food Security Challenges Through Hi-Tech Approach: The Role of Nigerian Universities”, at a private university in Ilorin.

“Nigeria’s reliance on oil since the early 70s and the neglect of the agricultural sector are responsible for what has today become a national security challenge in the form of food insecurity” he said.

He said President Bola Tinubu understands the nexus between food production and national security, adding that he has declared a state of emergency on food security alongside a policy commitment to improve productivity by injecting more funds in the sector.

The VP noted that tertiary institutions are playing critical roles in assisting the federal government to promote food security in Nigeria through research and the integration of agricultural study in their curriculum.

He said no appreciable progress could be made in agricultural production without mechanization, calling for increased and efficient use of modern technology to maximise yield.

The Vice President described Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq as a prudent leader, commending him for various agricultural initiatives he introduced to boost food production in the state.

Speaking about the cultural composition of Ilorin, which he said exemplifies a spirit of brotherhood, Shettima said Nigeria has a lot to learn from the ancient city, calling on all indigenes of Ilorin to continue to be tolerant and supportive of one another.

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Earlier, the Kwara State Governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), AbdulRazaq received Vice President Kashim Shettima amid a rousing welcome by several APC leaders and people of the state.

Vice President Shettima was received by the Governor at the Tunde Idiagbon Airport, joined by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; Speaker Kwara House of Assembly Rt Hon Yakubu Salihu Danladi; Sen Salihu Mustapha (Kwara Central); Sen. Sadiq Umar (North); some members of the state executive council; and CEO KAM Holdings Nigeria Alhaji Kamaru Yusuf.

The Vice President touched down at the airport at exactly 3p.m., accompanied by his Special Assistant on Political Matters Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed; Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe; and top APC chieftain Dr. Isia’q Modibbo Kawu; among others.

Other dignitaries at the occasion included the Inspector General of Police IGP Kayode Egbetokun, who has just received his doctoral degree from the institution; founder of the University Chief AbdulRaheem Oladimeji (OFR); and Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Noah Yusuf.

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