Nigeria’s Minister of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri has charged the new 23 governing boards members of agricultural research institutes and colleges of agriculture under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to make accountability their watchword.
Lokpobiri explained that research institutes and colleges of agriculture had a vital role in the development of new technologies, input, storage and distribution techniques for improved yields and reduction in post harvest losses.
According to him, Nigeria had achieved significant results in its bid to grow the agricultural sector.
He however said that there was more work to be done .
“I want you to regard your new appointments as a clarion call to service and be partners in progress. It requires your competency and wealth of experience to support the institutions you are appointed into, giving strategic direction and ensuring attainment of the goals they are set to deliver”, he said.
The Chairman of the board of Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Mr Adetunji Ajagbe, who spoke on behalf of the board members, promised prompt service to transform the agriculture sector.
The inaugurated boards are the National Cereals Research Institute, Badeggi, Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation(NAIC), National Root Crops Research Institute, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria among others.