The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, inaugurated the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 45th regular meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD), which is scheduled early for Jos, Plateau State. September with a mission to address critical issues affecting development and management in the agricultural sector.

During the event that took place at the Ministry, the Permanent Secretary stated that agriculture is a critical sector that affects our livelihoods and needs all the necessary attention to make it economically efficient and effective and to achieve food and nutrition security.

dr. Ernest Umakhihe pointed out that the Council was expected to fully explore the possibility of using the unique platform of the upcoming NCARD to develop workable policies and strategies that will enable the ministry to carry out its mandate to the nation, with with a view to creating sustainable effects in the agricultural sector of the economy.

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In his view, “The Council will play an important role in strengthening the efforts of the current government’s agenda to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years and expectations of both the government and the general population are high.” .”

He instructed the LOC “to make sure everything is in order for a seamless Council meeting and to follow the implementation of last year’s Council meeting resolutions as one of the top priorities.”

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The Permanent Secretary stated that the 45th regular meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13 through Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Langfield, Rayfield Hotel, Jos, Plateau State.

In his welcome address, Director, Planning and Policy Coordination Department, Mr. Ibrahim Bello thanked the Permanent Secretary for his support and contributions to the commission’s inauguration and promised that the commission would work diligently to achieve its stated goals.

The LOC’s reference term includes; Make the necessary arrangements to facilitate the successful conduct of the Council meeting, provide an adequate and efficient secretariat to ensure smooth running and accurate documentation of all procedures, Adequate supply and distribution of conference materials, efficient conduct of participants and all other activities initiated to add value to the course of the event Prepare and submit progress reports to management on the activities of the committee leading up to and after the course of the event; Ensure adequate publicity for the event and full active participation from stakeholders, among others.

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