Popular Nigerian artiste Daniel Oyebanjo, a.k.a D’banj has commended the federal government for its Agro-Rangers initiative undertaken by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
The agro-rangers programme inaugurated in mid-2016 by the Buhari administration is expected to forestall attacks on farms, boost farmers’ confidence to work on their farms without fear and enhance the government’s food security plan.
D’banj said he would dedicate his life and personal effort to put the country and the NSCDC on the global map and ensure that the insecurity challenges suffered by Nigerian farmers would be a thing of the past.
“I find this initiative undertaken by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as a wonderful opportunity to serve my country.
“Organisations or agencies such as the NSCDC need the support of the general public to do so effectively since they were established to protect Nigerian citizens.
“Being myself a farmer of over 15 years, I very well understands the challenges suffered by farmers as incessant and re-occurring attacks stifle production and productivity,” D’banj said.
Earlier, NSCDC boss Mohammadu said the Agro-Rangers initiatives was part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategy to protect lives and property of farmers, create jobs as well as guarantee food security in the country.
He urged D’banj to always promote the initiative, stressing that the government had concluded plans to employ young and agile people in the 36 states of the country including FCT, as agro-rangers. “It is expected that the initiative will also create jobs and further empower the youths to participate more actively in playing a role in the system,” Mohammadu said.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Jigawa state has blamed the high cost of food in the country on past leaders describing them as chronic importers.
He said this at the virtual inauguration of 12 projects across six geopolitical zones of the country by Dr Ali Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, on Thursday, August 21.