Malabo Declaration: AU agric stakeholders assure FG of economic growth
The African Union Commission agricultural stakeholders has assured the Federal Government of economic growth if Malabo declaration initiative is implemented in Nigeria.
The stakeholders gave the assurance in Abuja at the workshop on the National Agricultural Investment Plan (NAIP) for Nigeria.
Prof. Adeolu Ayanwale, a facilitator called for adoption of an inclusive process involving all relevant stakeholders to develop strategies and technologies to achieve NAIP objectives.
According to him, provision of incentives for constructive engagement of private sectors, civil society groups and establishment of needed capacities will go a long way to achieve it.
Ayanwale said that one of the cardinal objectives of the workshop was to establish a roadmap toward the domestication of the Malabo commitments.
He said the workshop would also deliberate on ways of implementation of the AUC NAIP plan in Nigeria.
According to him, there will be a definite working document plan for NAIP which other partners can relate with and Nigerian government can work with to have timeframe of the plan.
“The programme emphasises the inclusiveness of the private sectors, if any country is to meet the objectives of the Malabo declaration,” he said.
On the economic benefits of the programme, Ayanwale explained that the Malabo initiative emphasised at least 10 per cent of the members-state budget to be committed into agriculture.
He said that such commitment would drive the economy and increase the country’s GDP by six per cent annually.
Also speaking, Mr Mohammed Tukur, representative of Traditional Livestock Organisation of West Africa, said Nigeria would be able to operate in line with global document after the workshop.
“We will now have a global document that is aligned with Nigeria’s agricultural policy,” he said.
Ms. Temitope Oluwo, representative of Nigeria Agro-Business Groups, expressed happiness on the programme.
“I am delighted because the workshop is agric-based and is going to promote investment in the sector particularly, under the Malabo declaration.” he said.
The theme for the workshop is: “Domesticating Malabo Commitments into the Green Alternative/Agriculture Promotion Policy and its Investment Plan.