Food Security Council Chaired By Buhari Begins Work
President Muhammadu Buhari has established a Presidential level committee that will focus on Food Security in Nigeria.
The committee chaired by him was inaugurated on Monday in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja.
While addressing the member of the committee, President Buhari expressed joy over its establishment.
He listed some achievements of the government that the committee was expected to build upon.
"Nigeria’s journey in the last three (3) years, has been a very turbulent one. The country’s need for critical job creating sectors which has been ignored for decades is now beginning to yield results.
"We introduced the National Social Investment Programs targeting millions of Nigerians who are living from hand to mouth.
"We launched agricultural programs focusing on import substitution, job creation and rural development thereby bringing socio-economic transformation to the millions of citizens living in some of the most remote rural parts of our country.
"We commenced the long term Pollution Remediation Projects in the Niger Delta with the hope of restoring dignity and normalcy to the millions of Nigerians impacted by decades of pollution in their communities.
"Fishing and farming will resume once blighted areas are rehabilitated.
"We intensified our participation in the Lake Chad Basin Commission with the goal of reversing the shrinkage of the lake, which impacts the livelihoods of over 45 million farmers, herdsmen and fishermen in the LCBC countries.
"We issued the first ever green bond that will act as a catalyst for investments in renewable energy and afforestation projects. This was oversubscribed, sharing market confidence in the country and our Government," President Buhari stated.
These programmes and many more, according to him, have started yielding results and if sustained, will transform the lives of millions of Nigerians.
He, however, admitted that the journey was long, but urged the members of the committee to work together to ensure that the actual and potential positive impacts of these programmes are sustained, improved and expanded.
"We shall also develop new programmes and projects that will protect and indeed, create more jobs in farming, fisheries, animal husbandry and forestry," the President stressed.