See the press release on initiating a special task force on insecurity to ensure food security
A SPECIAL TASK FORCE ON INSECURITY TO ENSURE FOOD
SMALL HOLDER FARMERS (SHFs) TO TAKE US TO UHURU DESPITE THE CURRENT INADEQUATE MECHANIZATION IN NIGERIA.
The last 7 years have witnessed the evolution of the APP (Agriculture Promotion Policy), the CBN Anchor Borrower Program (ABR), NALDA (Integrated Farms), Several windows of Credit, Social Safety Nets, Medium Term Development Plan 2021-2025, signing up to AfCTA, interventions by AfDB, Development partners and heavy investments by the Private Sector but food sufficiency and the much desired food security is still a mirage.
The COVID-19 pandemic, lack of synergy between stakeholders in the Agriculture space, institutional malfunction around the relevant ministries and parastatals as well as highly inadequate policy implementation certainly contributed to the current weak food system in Nigeria but top most among these shocks is the spate of insecurity in almost all the nooks and crannies of our country.
There is a nexus between insecurity and food security that requires very close interrogation before the exit of the Buhari Administration otherwise the problem of skyrocketing prices of food items will make Nigeria extremely difficult to govern.
The issue of banditry and kidnapping should be addressed through non-kinetic means because it is obvious that the kinetic approach is not yielding very good results.
The traditional, religious leaders and farmers should be part of a special task force under the direct control of the food security council with a lot of latitude to bring about a lasting solution to the insecurity situation hindering the farmers from seamlessly accessing their farms to produce sufficiently and sustainably to feed the nearly 200,000,000 hungry mouths in Nigeria today.
The special purpose vehicle or TASK FORCE should comprise the following organizations and security agencies:
1. The National Security Adviser (NSA).
2. The DG, National Intelligence Agency (NIA)
3. The Heads of the Army, Airforce and Navy.
4. The Civil Defence Services
5. The DSS
6. The Police
7. Miyetti Allah
8. The FMARD
10. The Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy.
11. The NASS
12. The Judiciary
13. The President of CAN
14. The Sultan
15. Youth & Women leaders.
The President should inaugurate this task force and charge it to come up with tangible results within a timeline of 12 weeks from the date of inauguration which should be within the third week of July, 2022.
Arc. Kabir Ibrahim, FNIA,
All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN).
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