Goro assures Assembly’s supports for agriculture

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From Garba Haruna Abdul­lahi, Abuja

In its effort to ensure economic di­versification through efficient agri­cultural practices, the National As­sembly has reiterated its commitment to continuing with boosting the agri­cultural sector by using all legislative tools available in the bid to ensure vital sectors such as agriculture, education, health among others, are boosted

This was disclosed by the Chairman, Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND and member representing Fagge Federal Constituency at the Green Chamber, Honourable Aminu Suleiman Goro during the First National Confer­ence and Conferment of Awards, 2018 organised by The National Committee of Heads of Colleges of Agriculture and Related Disciplines (NACHCARD). The event took place at the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria, Mabushi, Abuja recently.

He said that food security, agriculture and education are being given proper priorities in the nation’s budgeting pro­cess, adding that it is common legisla­tive practice to increase budgetary al­locations for such vital sectors of the economy which is applied to all agricul­tural colleges.

“As a proactive parliament, we are al­ways amending and reviewing sections of laws that seem to impede growth in any of these sectors with a view to en­suring we get it right as a nation.

“We, especially at the committee lev­el have always encouraged the first-hand study of nations who have gotten it right in areas such as the development of ag­ricultural education. We have also made it a point of duty to partner progressive-minded organisations, MDAs and com­mittees such as yours to ensure we main­tain formidable partnerships that will ensure these issues remain at the front burner,” Goro further explained.

He hoped that the efforts of various stakeholders to diversify Nigeria’s econ­omy by driving her to the rightful posi­tion among the League of Nations would not remain a mirage, saying with consis­tent genuine practical strides by govern­ment at all levels and other stakehold­ers, “we could actualize this laudable objective and pass a Nigeria we could be proud of to the younger generation.”

According to him, “it would be a co­lossal shame if we inherit a Nigeria with potentials and pass down a damaged one to our children.”

In his remark, the Chairman of the Conference, Professor Garba Hamid Sharubutu said the National Committee of Heads of Colleges of Agriculture and Related Disciplines (NACHCARD) has operated at Colleges of Agriculture of Federal Government and states running various courses.

He said Honourable Aminu Goro was decided to be honoured with a fellow­ship award by NACHCARD in recogni­tion of his role in promoting and uplift­ing of standards of tertiary institutions in Nigeria through provision of increased budgetary allocation to aid teaching in research and infrastructural develop­ment as well as oversight of the colleges

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