President Muhammadu Buhari has said the private sector would play advisory role in the newly formed National Food Security Council. Garba Shehu, a presidential media assistant, said this in a statement issued on Monday.
“The President is aware of the huge interest indicated by the private sector since the composition of the Council was announced, as well as the reservations expressed by groups that felt left out”, said the statement. It added that the private sector participants would always be called upon to make sectoral presentations.
The president explained that the newly inaugurated Council “was more of a think tank that would focus mainly on policy”.
The statement further said “Council will be inaugurated by President Buhari on Monday, March 26”.
The Council’s objectives, among other things, are developing sustainable solutions to the farmers–herdsmen clashes; Climate Change and Desertification and their impact on farmland; grazing areas and lakes, rivers and other water bodies; oil spillage and its impact on Niger Delta Fishing Communities; piracy and banditry; agricultural research institutions and extension services and the problem of smuggling.