NIGERIA AGRICULTURE AWARDS: GOV.ABIODUN EMERGED AS GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR

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Ogun state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has emerged as the Governor of the Year in the Nigeria Agriculture Awards (NAA) 2020 Ceremony held at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, on Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020.

The best performing governor award in the agricultural sector was in recognition of the giant strides made by governor Abiodun led administration through various agricultural programmes across the state in spite of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causing disruptions to activities across the globe.

Nigeria’s foremost agricultural award convocation, the Nigeria Agriculture Awards (NAA) is an annual event designed to recognise and celebrate stakeholders in the agricultural space who have made significant contributions to the development of the sector.

The NAA 2020, the seventh edition since inception in 2014 was the climax of the Feed Nigeria Summit tagged ‘Agribusiness: Leading Nigeria’s Recovery’, The event congregated National and International Agricultural stakeholders, including private sector players.

The 2020 Feed Nigeria Summit was attended by dignitaries and development partners including the Deputy Governor of Kano State; German Ambassador; SSA, Foreign Investment to the Governor of Kano State; Hon. Sani Ahmed Turaki, Representing the H.E. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.

Others were Prof. Emmnuel Ikani, Chairman, Organizing Committee, Nigeria Agriculture Awards (NAA); Dr Sabo Yahaya, Senior Policy Coordinator/Special Adviser to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Dr Rose Gidado, Country Director, Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB); H.E. Rudolf Kulitz, Deputy Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany and the German Community (Present), and Hjyia Karima Babangida, Director, Federal Department of Agriculture.

Also, Professor Eustace Iyayi, Chairman, Feed Nigeria Summit Local Organising Committee; Country Director, GIZ, Kenneth Ahaniku, CEO of Neon Agro Commodity Limited; Head of European delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Ketil Karrison; IFAD Director in Nigeria and Central Africa, Nadine Gbossa; Prof. Egesi, Project Manager, NextGen Cassava;

Agricultural Development Partners such as IITA, private sector players, relevant farmers and commodity groups, Directors in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (Gender, Policy, Agricultural Sciences) among others.

It is on record that this year’s summit focus on how Nigeria can make full economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by piggybacking on agro-industrialisation.

The Feed Nigeria Summit is Nigeria’s flagship agricultural sector convocation and has over the years earned its position as a cardinal platform for unparalleled stakeholder engagement targeted at accelerating the country’s race towards self-sufficiency in food production, both for domestic consumption and export purposes.

Hosted on an annual basis by AgroNigeria, ‘The Voice of Nigeria’s Agriculture,’ the Feed Nigeria Summit has consistently served as a critical tool for positioning the sector as the catalytic economic growth vehicle for Nigeria. Its track record over the years is an attestitation to this facts.

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