Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) has said it would continue to support the government in its quest to boost rice production in the country.
The National President of RIFAN Alhaji Among Goronyo stated this while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for re-appointing Mallam Abba Kyari as Chief of Staff (CoS).
Goronyo, said this in Abuja on Friaday that Buhari’s re-appointment of Kyari was a proof of his commitment to spread the gains of democracy.
Buhari recently approved the re-appointment of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and Boss Mustapha as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“We at RIFAN wants to recognise the contribution and great support that Kyari has given farmers toward the success of various agricultural initiatives and schemes in Nigeria in recent times.
“ We appreciate this and assure you that we will continue to work towards diversifying Nigerian economy and ensure that agriculture is taken to greater heights for economic development,’’ he said.
He, however, pledged RIFAN’s continuous support for the government and the association’s determination to boost rice production to feed the nation and Africa.
“I am not surprised at his re-appointment because he is a selfless, disciplined, charismatic, dedicated and upright leader.
“He is always ready to proffer solutions to various problems and had provided the platform for people to solve many problems at various times through his open door policy for discussions and negotiations,’’ he said.
RIFAN President thanked CoS for his generous contribution and selfless service to the development of the country and agricultural revolution.
He said during his first tenure Kyari has created a level playing ground for various agricultural organisation, investors and stakeholders to contribute meaningfully to agricultural development and high standard platform.
Goronyo noted that food security is indispensable prerequisite for economic growth and survival of mankind.
He, therefore, urged the CoS to continue with his activities in ensuring sustainable agricultural policies for sustainable development.
He added that with his re-appointment expectations of farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector are very high, most especially the sustainability of the CBN/Anchor Borrowers programme and introduction of many others programmes that would create more windows for farmers.