45th NCARD: FG inaugurates the LOC

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr. Ernest Umakhihe inaugurated the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council for Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD).

The NCARD will be held in Jos, Plateau State next month (September).

At the recent event in the ministry’s conference room, the permanent secretary said that agriculture is a critical sector that affects our livelihoods and needs all the attention it needs to make it economically efficient , effective and ensuring food and nutrition security.

Umakhihe stressed that the council must fully explore the possibility of using the unique platform provided by the upcoming NCARD to develop viable policies and strategies that will enable the ministry to fulfill its mandate to the nation, in order to create lasting impacts in the sector.

“The Council will play an important role in strengthening the efforts of the current administration’s program to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years and the expectations of the government and the general population are high,” he said. “.

He instructed the LOC “to ensure that everything is in place for a smooth Council meeting as well as to follow up on the implementation of the resolutions from last year’s Council meeting as one of the main priorities. “.

In his welcoming remarks, the Director of the Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Mr. Ibrahim Bello, thanked the Permanent Secretary for his support and contributions to the inauguration of the committee and promised that the committee would work diligently towards the achievement of the objectives set.

The mandate of the LOC includes; Putting in place the necessary arrangements to facilitate the smooth running of the Board meeting, Providing an adequate and efficient secretariat to ensure the smooth running and accurate documentation of all proceedings, Adequate provision and distribution of conference materials, efficient conduct of participants and any other activity initiated to add value to the running of the event, Prepare and submit to management progress reports on committee activities before and after the running of the event; Ensure adequate publicity for the event and full active participation of stakeholders, among others.

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