All is now set for an epochal colloquium on food security in Nigeria as an association of Muslim professionals, The Companion, convenes its fourth National Discourse where the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will deliver a keynote speech in Lagos next month.
The theme of the discourse scheduled to be chaired by the immediate past governor of the state of Osun, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola at the J F Ade Ajayi Main Auditorium of the University of Lagos is Food Security: Unleashing Nigeria’s Natural Potentials for Self-Sufficiency.
Expectedly Prof. Osinbajo will in his speech be explaining government policy direction on comprehensive reform in the agriculture and agro-allied sector of the economy when the event holds on Sunday, July 14.
With a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo and President of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Prof. Fola Lasisi slated as the guest speaker, the discourse would be a gathering of agricultural policy experts and stakeholders offering options and proffering solutions to the food crisis in the country.
In addition, two eminent names in the agriculture sector including a professor of food science and technology, Prof. Lateef Sanni and the Lagos state Chapter Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Otunba Femi Oke will be adding invaluable insights on the all-important theme as discussants.
Participants at ground-breaking nationally strategic event are expected from varied fields covering the academic, executive and legislative branches of government, finance and industry as policy advisers, technocrats, senior public officials, investors and agricultural machinery fabricators, large and medium scale farmers, fertiliser manufacturers and agricultural inputs distributors as well as representatives of international development agencies and the diplomatic corps.
The discourse organiser, The Companion, are therefore leaving no stone untouched to successfully host the epochal and strategic discourse as it expands its network for collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the nation’s polity, one of which is the Muslim Public Affairs Centre, MPAC Nigeria.
A letter from The Companion leadership to the MPAC executive chairman, Kamar Disu conveying the selection of the Muslim public service agency as a strategic partner, explained that it was ”on account of our common interest as faith-based organisations in the actualisation all-round human development”.
The letter dated June 13 and signed by The Companion National Amir, Alhaji Thabit Wale Sonaike and the Lagos District Amir, Abdul-Ghani Abdul-Majeed added that such synergy was with a view to influencing government policy formulation, implementation as well as to stimulate public interest in the actualisation of best practices leading to favourable results.
Their letter acknowledged MPAC pedigree as an organisation committed to Muslim public affairs advocacy, with the leaders expressing hope that MPAC/Companion partnership would add value to the discourse.
They were optimistic that such initiatives would lead to freedom from all forms of insecurity-social, political, economic and health which are capable of preventing man from realising his purpose of existence.
Already, representatives of both organisations have held a collaborative stakeholder meeting to draw plans for achieving the aims of the programme in ensuring it gets impressive attendance and popular participation through extensive media coverage.
By Oluwashina Iyanda