Gombe State Agricultural Development Progrmme (GADP) has advised Nigerians to demand politicians seeking their votes to prioritize food security.
Mr Maina Binus, the Programme Manager of the agency, gave the advice in Gombe when he received members of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) campaigning for “Right to Food” in Nigeria.
“Let every politician coming to seek for your vote prioritize food security in his agenda.
“People are selling their birthright because of the little food that politicians give to them.
“If anybody comes to you campaigning without a manifesto that reflects food, do not vote for him.
“We, GADP, have taken it as a duty to always be in support for the actualization of Right to Food in the state and the country at large.
“Because of the passion we have for Agriculture, we will do the needful to ensure we push for the Right to Food Bill to scale through at all levels,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Salaudeen Hashim, the Programme Manager, CISLAC Abuja, said the delegation was in Gombe to mobilize support legislation on Right to Food in Nigeria.
“As we already know, Gombe is in the North-East close to states devastated by terrorism.
“We have discovered that one of the reasons people go into terrorism is hunger.
“It is unfortunate that governments at all levels have not taken practical steps towards ensuring the availability, accessibility and affordability of food.”
He, however, noted that the state government’s robust agricultural programmes were commendable.
“We think that we can use the goodwill of states that are currently doing well to develop positive response in other states,” he said.
Similarly, the Deputy Governor, Mr Charles Iliya, who received the team in his residence during a courtesy visit, said the campaign was a welcome development.
Iliya said that Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo was giving agriculture the needed attention and priority.
He said considering the importance of the project, the governor would be fully briefed, adding that the government would mobilize stakeholders to see that the bill scaled through even at the national level.