Food Security Council: Presidency Gives Advisory Role To Private Sector

The private sector will play an advisory role in the National Food

Security Council to be inaugurated on March 26 by President Muhammadu

Buhari, a Presidency official says in a statement.


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on

Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made the fact known in Abuja on Monday.


He said Buhari was aware of the huge interest indicated by the private

sector since the composition of the Council was announced, as well as

the reservations expressed by groups that felt left out.


“We wish to emphasise that the Council constituted by the president

was more of a think tank that would focus mainly on policy, while

various groups from the private sector would be called upon to make

sectoral presentations from time to time.


“Everybody will be carried along as the Council will work closely with

all stakeholders,’’ Shehu said.


Buhari announced the establishment of Council on March 13, at a

meeting with Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, Rice Millers

Association and Rice Distributors.


Others at the meeting were the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele and

the governors of Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru and Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu.


The Council is expected to appraise the impact of the issues on

farmland; grazing areas and lakes, rivers and other water bodies; oil

spillage and its impact on Niger Delta fishing communities,

agricultural research institutions and extension services.


It will also take interest in regional and global policies and trends

that bear implications for food security in Nigeria as well as address

the problem of smuggling, piracy and banditry.pgraded