The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has refute claims widely reported in the media that Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development failed to attend the recently held Nigeria-US Investment summit in Washington DC.
This was stated in a statement made available to BusinessDay by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The media report was attributed to Alhaji Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Kano who reportedly berated some ministers for not attending the Nigeria/US summit, which the Emir described as a negative pointer to potential investors.
The statement indicated that Ogbeh was not invited to the summit by the organisers, which did not necessitate the minister to be in attendance and seeking clearance from the presidency to attend.
“It is worth reiterating that Ogbeh was in Nigeria attending to his official duties and did not travel to Washington DC with the Federal Government delegation, as he is not one of the government officials that statutorily attend International Monetary Fund IMF meetings,” the statement signed by Tolu Makinde, director of information, FMARD states.
“This explanation is necessary to reiterate the determination of the Ministry to attract foreign investment into the Nigerian agricultural sector in order to attain our national agricultural objectives, as well as correct any wrong perception of tardiness, lack of seriousness or dereliction of duty that the said story is capable of creating in the minds of the public,” Makinde added.