New FCT Agric Secretary Assumes Office

FCT Agric Secretary, Lawan Geidam, in a warm handshake with the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike after taking an oath of office Tuesday

The Newly appointed Secretary for the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Lawan Kolo Geidam has pledged to repositioning Agriculture towards sustainable food production and attainment of food security in the Territory.

Geidam gave this assurance on assumption of duty as the 10th Mandate Secretary of the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS).

The Mandate Secretary, who was received on arrival at the Secretariat by members of Management, promised to bring his wealth of experience and passion in Agriculture to bear in the performance of his responsibilities; stressing the crucial role the sector plays in the aspirations of government to revitalizing it towards not only creating jobs but enhancing food and nutrition security.

His words: “Agriculture as you know, is one of the most important sector in any society, which is why the government is giving it the desired attention. What is therefore, expected of us as public officers is to be creative and bring up innovative ideas that will help enhance productivity, promote sustainable practices that will ensure food security and opportunities for improved livelihood amongst our people”.

He solicited the full cooperation and support of the management team; emphasizing the need for departmental synergy towards actualizing the “Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which is predicated on total economic and social recovery in, which the agricultural sector is expected to play a very important role.

“I believe that if we do the right thing and ensure we implement the right policies and programmes in a way that all the Agricultural value chains will be accommodated, Nigeria has the capacity to become not only self-sufficient in food production but even feed other countries,” Geidam stated.

The Mandate Secretary used the opportunity to further appreciate the President on the confidence reposed in him with the appointment; pledging to hit the ground running as charged by the FCT Minister, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike and Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud at their swearing-in Ceremony.

Earlier in his welcome address, Director, Administration and Finance, in the Secretariat, Mallam Ishaq Abubakar Sadeeq, described the appointment of Geidam, who is an Agriculturist, as a perfect fit for the position; expressing confidence that the move will bring about the much-desired improvement in the Agricultural landscape of FCT.