In compliance with the directives by President Muhammadu Buhari, Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh and the Honourable Minister of State, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri formally handed over the reins of administration to the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Bello Umar on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.
In a ceremony attended by Directors, Special Advisers and other staff of the ministry, the Permanent Secretary praised the performance of the two Ministers while Directors took turns to appreciate the good work done by the outgoing ministers and the progress recorded during their tenure.
“During your tenure, you have moved this ministry to the next level and your contributions to Agricultural development especially in rural livelihoods improvement is outstanding. I congratulate you both. We at the ministry will remember you for your good work”, The Permanent Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Bello Umar said.
Speaking at the event, the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture – Dr. Amin Babandi said: “”Under your leadership in the ministry, Agriculture maintained an outstanding and consistent contribution to the nation’s economy. The wisdom you have thought us and the impact you have made will continue to guide us through”.
The Director, Agribusiness and Marketing – Alh. Musibau Azeez remarked: “Since your coming on board as Ministers, all aspects of Agricultural productions have recorded tremendous growth in Nigeria”.
The Honourable Minister of State, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri in his remarks said: “I’m extremely grateful to the Honourable Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh. We have had a very good working relationship. I’m very proud to be associated with him. I implore the ministry to sustain and improve on the progress we have made so far here”.
Honourable Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh thanked the President for the opportunity to serve, appreciated all staff of the Ministry for their support and cooperation and urged the ministry to give their cooperation to his successor in office, stressing the need to build the sector.