Days after he announced the intention of the Federal Government to establish a National Food Security Council, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the Council’s membership.
The Council, to be chaired by the President, will be inaugurated on Monday. It will have as members, the Governors of Kebbi (Abubakar Bagudu), Taraba (Darius Dickson Ishaku), Plateau (Simon Lalong), Lagos (Akinwumi Ambode), Ebonyi (Dave Umahi)and Delta State (Ifeanyi Okowa).
Other Members are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Boss Mustapha); the Chief of Staff to the President (Abba Kyari); the National Security Adviser (Babagana Monguno) and seven (7) cabinet Ministers. The Ministers to be represented are for Agriculture and Rural Development (Audu Ogbeh); Finance (Kemi Adeosun); Interior (Abdulrahman Dambazau); Industry, Trade and Investment (Okechukwu Enelamah); Water Resources (Suleiman Kazaure); Environment (Ibrahim Jibrin); and Budget and National Planning (Udo Udoma).
The National Food Security Council will also have as Members, the Chief of Defence Staff (General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin); the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (Godwin Emefiele); the Directors-General of the Department of State Services (Lawal Daura) and the National Intelligence Agency (Ahmed Abubakar) as well as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (Mohammed Babandede).
The broad objectives of the Council will include, developing sustainable solutions to the farmers–herdsmen clashes; Climate Change and Desertification and their impact on farmland; grazing areas and lakes, rivers and other water bodies; oil spillage and its impact on Niger Delta Fishing Communities; piracy and banditry; agricultural research institutions and extension services and the problem of smuggling.
The Council will also take interest in regional and global policies and trends that bear implications for food security in Nigeria, a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, said.