A joint session of the Committees on Agriculture of the upper and lower chambers held at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday, December 14, 2018 during an oversight visit jointly carried out by both committees.
On hand to receive the legislators were the Honourable Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh; the Permanent Secretary – Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu; Directors and key officials of the ministry.
Speaking, the leadership of both committees informed the minister that the purpose of the joint visit was in keeping with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; highlighting the need for speedy consideration and approval of agriculture budget and amending the procurement Act to allow the ministry’s programmes/projects execution meet up with the seasonal nature of the sector.
The Hon. Minister thanked the committee for their support for the ministry during budgetary proceedings. He informed the committee that the ministry had made some significant progress and recorded some successes while working hard to surmount some challenges.
The Honourable Minister and the Permanent secretary in their presentations highlighted areas of successes recorded, on-going programmes and project initiations, budgetary performance so far and the state of the ministry’s finances.