The attention of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), has been drawn to the statement credited to His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi, widely reported in the Press and Social Media, to the effect that some serving Ministers in this government, including the Hon Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD, Chief Audu Ogbeh failed to attend the recently held Nigeria-US Investment Summit in Washington DC. The inference is NOT correct.
The fact is that the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development was not invited to the meeting by the Organisers; as such, there was no way he could have attended the Summit in question; which explains why he did not seek the usual clearance from the Presidency to enable him travel to attend.
It is worth reiterating that Chief Ogbeh was right at home attending to his official duties and did not travel to Washington DC with the Federal Government Delegation; as he is not one of the government officials that statutorily attend International Monetary Fund IMF meetings.
This explanation is necessary to reiterate the determination of the Ministry not to relent in its efforts to attract foreign investment into the Nigerian agricultural sector in order to attain our national agricultural objectives; as well as correct any wrong impression of tardiness, lack of seriousness or dereliction of duty that the said story is capable of creating in the minds of the public.
Director of Information