By Stanley Onyekwere
The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has flagged off sales of buffer stock grains comprising 7,200 bags of maize and 2,500 bags of guinea corn of 50kg bags each at 50 percent subsidized rate to residents of the Territory.
Aliyu, while performing the official flag off of the public sales of subsidize grains and distribution of motorcycles to agriculture extension agents, yesterday also reiterated the commitment of the church administration in job creation through the agriculture value chain.
She noted that a number of local and multi-national companies are in the process of finalising investment commitments in various agricultural value chains within the FCT.
The Minister maintained that the decisions of multi-national companies and Africa Development Bank (AfDB) to invest in FCT would help boost productivity and integrate production, processing, distribution and most importantly, create jobs and wealth for the teeming youths.
She added that the administration has placed priority on the agricultural sector in order to unlock its abundant potential.
In a related development, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, also flagged off the harvest and sales of products by beneficiaries at FCT Aquaculture and Allied Trades centre for Youth and women in Kwali area council.
Aliyu revealed that the conceptualisation of the projects by the FCT Administration was aimed at addressing problems of poverty by creating viable source of livelihood especially for the less privileged members of the society.
Earlier in his remarks, the Acting Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Ibe Prospect, stressed that the buffer stock programme was an initiative practiced globally, aimed at ensuring the availability of agricultural produce to the public at affordable rate.
He assured residents of the territory of the administration’s continued commitment to quality service delivery, while appealing to residents to cooperate with the committee in the smooth conduct of the sales exercise.