ABUJA – All farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has congratulated the newly appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, the former Minister of Environment.
A statement on Wednesday by Arc Kabir Ibrahim, National President of AFAN, wished him success in his new job.
He said the Buhari administration is committed to achieving food security within the shortest possible time, adding that the change of leadership was necessary.
Ibrahim said: “All Nigerian farmers assure you of full cooperation and pray to Allah to guide you in your new assignment.
“We are willing to work assiduously to feed the 200,000,000 people of Nigeria sustainably and thereby make your job worthwhile.
Meanwhile, the leadership of AFAN led by Kabir Ibrahim had had a running battle with the former Minister of Agriculture.
Ibrahim led AFAN had in the past called for the sack of Nanono, over what they described as “his incompetence and lack of effective leadership in the ministry.”
In a press release he issued recently, Ibrahim had called for the probe of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(FMARD) on the use of intervention funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN).
As part of his far-reaching recommendations to address the looming food crisis in Nigeria, Ibrahim urged the government to “Probe all the investments in Agriculture by the CBN and the FMARD where infractions bordering on farmer data capture, unauthorised and fraudulent projects such as the purported N30million Friday Mosque in an unnamed Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, tarred rural feeder roads in Urban areas etc.”
AFAN had also criticised the ministry under the watch of Nanono for lacking the current National Agricultural Policy to drive agricultural activities and programmes in the country, since the expiration of the Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) in 2020.
The umbrella body of all farmers in Nigeria also recently alleged that the former minister spent over N1 billion in the rehabilitation of his office.
In a recent statement made available to Daily Independent, the leadership of AFAN alleged that “It is scandalous to wake up to the nauseating news of the rehabilitation and furnishing of the HMA’s office at the whopping sum of N1 billion.
“It is definitely highly exaggerated at N1 billion but even at 200,000,000 it is irresponsible to embark on this kind of expenditure at this time when the country is facing challenges of food insufficiency and general economic hardship.
“This Honourable Minister of Agriculture (HMA) is clueless and does not have good advisers or he does not listen to them at all. It is necessary to appraise his performance against these:
“He got married to a 20-year old against good advice recently.
“He expended N2.7 billion on farmer-data capture without involving the real stakeholders when he could have done that via NIMC with a $433 million Identity Management grant from the World Bank.
“He built a 30- million Naira Friday mosque for IDPs.
“He claims there are no seeds in Nigeria and is doing many things inimical to the seed system by violating the provisions of the Seed Act-2019.
“He tells lies on Nigeria’s mechanisation drive by saying 60,000 tractors will be made available through the $ 1.1 billion Brazil loan arrangement.
“He spent billions in fighting imaginary pests and locusts and Quelyea birds.
“He spends a lot of time in his native Kano than Abuja or other parts of the country where he is supposed to frequent as HMA!
“These infractions are sufficient for Mr President to relieve him of the responsibilities of the office of HMA to avert disaster.”
Source: Daily Independent