Aiyedatiwa Names Rice Merchant, Rotimi Akinsola, 9 Others In Agriculture & Food Security Committee

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Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa has approved the constitution of “Agriculture and Food Security Committee” for the State.

Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor in a statement on Tuesday said the move in continuation of the efforts of the Ondo State Government towards combating the rising cost of food items and promoting all round agricultural development to ensure food security in the State,

The committee is chaired by Mr Rotimi Wemimo Akinsola, a rice merchant and CEO of Wemsagro Companied Limited.

Others in the committee are:

  1. Rev. Gideon Oluleye – Vice Chairman
  2. Mr. Abayomi Monilari – Member
  3. Mr. Obaweya Gbenga – Member
  4. Mr. Fabiyi Omolade – Member
  5. Prof. Adefolakemi Gabriel-Ajobiewe – Member
  6. Chief Abiodun Adejo – Member
  7. Mr. Gbenga Akingbasote, – Member/Secretary
  8. Mrs. F.O Tunde-Daramola – Member/Co-Secretary
  9. Mrs. Tayo Ogundare – Secretariat Staff

The statement added the committee has since swung into action on its terms of reference, which include: to advise on immediate and sustainable measures to bring down the rising costs of food stuff and to strategically engage all relevant actors/stakeholders in the agri-food sector with a view to developing a long-term food security plan for the State.

Other responsibilities of the committee include making recommendations on how to attract and retain the younger generation in agribusiness and its entire value chain; formulating policies that would help boost food production and nutrition in line with global best practices; facilitating the procurement and distribution of food production and nutrition in palliatives; and making any other recommendation(s) as may be appropriate to ensure food security in the State.

The Ondo State Executive Council had recently approved the sum of N3.47 billion counterpart funds for the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP). The RAMP project would see many feeder roads asphalted to connect rural dwellers to cities and drive the economy of the State through Agriculture.

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