Nigeria to provide security for agro-investors

Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

The Nigerian Government says it is putting measures in place to re-attract investors into the country.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria, Mr Audu Ogbeh stated this during a press briefing on the ministry’s meeting with investors in Germany.

The minister said investors who are willing to come into the country were concerned about the security situation in the country; he however assured them of the government’s full commitment to secure lives and properties of everyone in the country.

“We assured them that in spite of the difficulties many of the foreign companies are still making good profit, I think some of the highest profit margins are here,” he said.

He said the Ministry is putting policies in place that will enable them collaborate with the ministry of interior to provide security for investors.

“We then assured them of the new policy we are putting in place that whoever invests as far as we in this ministry are concerned in the area of agriculture investment we are in partnership with the Ministry of Interior, we now guarantee official security on your farm and your factory,” the Minister added.

Chief Ogbeh also spoke on the outcome of the meeting with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.

He said the meeting was set up to ask questions on issues of population explosion, food security and migration.

“The challenges are many especially for Africa and the point Nigeria made there was that we have serious problems in West Africa with the desert which is coming at an alarming rate and we also have serious problem in central Africa with the impact of El-Nino which has caused drought for nearly four years now,” he said.

“We also have challenges with improved seeds, irrigation and post harvest loses,” he added.

The Minister urged the media to join the campaign to encourage and educate Nigerians on the need to fight malnutrition by consuming the right food.