Buhari Orders NASENI to Spearhead The Food Revolution
The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure has been tasked by Nigerian President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) with igniting a food revolution to feed the nation’s businesses and people.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Development Institute in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, on Monday, the Executive Vice-chairman of NASENI, Mohammed Haruna, who unveiled Buhari’s position, stated that situating AMEDI in Nasarawa was part of the directives given to the agency by the President to revolutionalise farming and food processing using technology.
He said NASENI had succeeded in the development of some relevant equipment and machines in the food value chain from cultivation, planting, weeding, harvesting, post-harvest and food preservation.
“This institute is mandated to build on this success and serve as a pilot site for the implementation of the agreement between Nigeria and the Czech Republic on agriculture as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the Presidential Implementation Committee”.
“Working with the Technology Agency of Czech Republic, NASENI and AMEDI Lafia will research, develop equipment, and train ordinary Nigerians and professionals in the fields of Agriculture, food production, harvest and post-harvest, processing technologies, food preservation and packaging. It will also process agricultural waste into renewable energy, among others,” the NASENI Executive Vice-chairman added.
Also speaking, the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Development Strategies, Abdullahi Omaki, assured that the present administration would continue to leverage science and technology to drive agricultural development in the country.
On his part, the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, commended the Federal Government for the establishment of AMEDI, Lafia, saying the project was aimed at creating wealth and alleviating poverty in the country.
He said, “This project is geared towards transforming the agricultural sector into an industrial hub, through job creation, youth empowerment, skills acquisition for value addition.
“It is pertinent to state that the intervention of the Federal Government in the conception and siting of this project is predicated on the belief that 80 per cent of the world economy is Advanced Manufacturing Technology-driven.
“I am happy to state that NASENI has also set up the North Central Skill Development Centre in Keffi Local Government Area of the state. These endeavours would be critical in the transformation of our dear state into a business hub. They will, no doubt, deepen the availability of skilled manpower to match the influx of companies and organisations that have indicated an interest in doing business in the state”.