*Bags bags NACHCARD Fellowship Award
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