By Our Correspondent,


Encouraged by the achievements of former Agriculture Minister, Dr. Akinwumu Adesina, a group, Nigerian Agricultural Watch Network, NAWN, has implored President Muhammadu Buhari to sustain the legacies of the immediate past Agriculture Minister.


In a statement in Warri, Delta State and signed by its Chairman and Secretary respectively, Mr. Emmanuel Okotie-Eboh and Solomon Eyituoyo Iwetan, the group noted that the former Agriculture Minister performed exceptionally in the agriculture sector under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and harped on the need to sustain the enviable legacies left behind by Dr. Adesina.


“Agriculture is definitely the brightest star of the Jonathan administration under the watch of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, agriculture was transformed to a viable business; Dr. Adesina used agriculture to diversify the Nigerian economy. He succeeded in this regard because of his crack team; his team shared his vision and they succeeded at the end of the day. The solid foundation laid by the former Minister should be built upon. The success delivery from the former Minister shows that he has some competent and incorruptible men in his team that was the secret behind his success,” the group stated.


President Muhammadu Buhari

The NAWN added that “There is need to continue this agricultural policy and so it is important that Dr. Adesina should be consulted before the appointment of the next Agriculture Minister. We want to stress it here that if President Buhari must succeed in the agriculture sector, the eggheads that made agriculture a success story in the administration of former President Jonathan should be assembled and tap from their wealth of experience as the legacies left behind by Dr. Adesina are unbeatable. Party should not come into play here; we want the progress of our country hence we are imploring President Buhari to sustain the enviable legacies of Dr. Adesina.”


“Dr. Adesina did very well as agriculture minister. Dr. Adesina’s reforms are good for the current administration of President Buhari. The Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) introduced by Dr. Adesina worked wonders for the nation and it is imperative for President Buhari to appoint somebody who is very conversant with the ATA programme,” they stated.