The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has stated that he will support the training and welfare of the staff of the ministry in order to enhance their performance and increase their productivity in the workplace. The Minister gave this assurance when he visited the northwest Zonal office Complex in Kaduna, Kaduna State over the weekend.
Dr. Abubakar pointed out that the working visit was basically to ensure that the staff and management team of the ministry in the North West region worked in tandem with the Federal Government’s focus on the overall development of human capacity for enhanced productivity especially in its efforts in achieving food security and job creation for Nigerians.
The Minister urged the staff to always align their duties with Mr. President’s diversification policy in the Agric sector whose main deliverables include achieving food sufficiency, job creation, and economic growth.
He noted that ” the establishment of the Zonal and State Offices of the ministry across the country is to provide leadership and policy direction for the successful implementation of the Agricultural programmes of the Ministry across the board. “there is a need for a robust synergy and collaboration between the Headquarter, Zonal and State levels for the effective and efficient implementation of the diversification policy of the government”, the minister stated.
In his remarks, the North – West Zonal Director in the ministry, Engr. Ubandoma Ulaaramu, described the minister’s visit as “good and timely”, adding that it will encourage and enhance the capability of staff in the zone. He pledged the support of the staff to work assiduously towards achieving the ministry’s mandate and Mr. President’s diversification plan in the agriculture sector.
Earlier, the Minister visited the Ministry’s Central Stores located at Mando, Kaduna where he promised to ensure that the equipment and farm inputs procured by the ministry get directly to the people they are meant for (farmers), stating that they are the bedrock of the government’s investment in achieving its economic diversification and growth through the agricultural sector.