From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
The Kogi State government has restated its resolve to continue to ensure food security, wipeout hunger and poverty in the state in the years ahead.
The State Commissioner of Agriculture, David Apeh gave the assurance while speaking during the celebration of this year’s World Food Day held in Lokoja on Thursday.
This year’s World Food Day was organised by the ActionAid Nigeria and Participation Initiative for Behavioral Change In Development (PIBCID) in collaboration with the Kogi State Ministry of Agriculture, Titled: “Our Actions Are Our Future”
According to the commissioner, “Governor Yahaya Bello has done so much in the fight against hunger, poverty and disease since he came on board through prompt payment of counterparts funding to international donor agencies in order to ensure and promote food security in the state”
Apeh said the journey of agricultural development in the state has been eventful and very rewarding with an assurance that the sector will continue to receive topmost priority now and in the future.
He noted that the fight against hunger and poverty in the state should be a collective war by government and the citizens.
The commissioner enumerated some of the major agricultural activities in the state to include; cassava, yam, rice, fish and maize production amongst others.
In her goodwill message at the event, the state commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Fatima Buba urged women in the state to key into agriculture as the sector serves the main source for human survival.
She appreciated Governor Yahaya Bello’s effort to boost agriculture in the state and thanked ActioinAid Nigeria for sponsoring this year’s World Food Day Celebration in Kogi.
Earlier, the Executive Director of Participation Initiative for Behavioral Change In Development ( PIBCID), Halima Sadiq said the decision to put in place the event is part of her organisation’s commitment towards ensuring food security sustainability and development of the Agricultural sector in Kogi State.
“We celebrate this day to appreciate efforts by small holders farmers especially women in Agriculture who against all odds including COVID-19 Pandemic has ensured a reduction in the world hunger.
This activity is aimed at creating global awareness and challenges of malnutrition as a result of sufferings from hunger and to further encourage nutrition sensitive Agriculture for citizens health and well being given that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation” Halima Sadiq explained.
She said the World Food Day is a global platform created for all actors in the Agriculture value chain involving producers, processors, off takers as well as consumers to collectively chart the way forward in addressing food security challenges.