The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, has revealed that the Federal Government has adopted the Nigeria Agribusiness and Agro-Industry Development Initiatives (NAADI) programme to boost industrialisation.
Speaking at the flag-off and official commissioning of the Uyo, Akwa Ibom Zonal Office for the implementation of NAADI, the minister gave assurance that the industrialisation of the nation’s economy will be fast tracked with the establishment of effective linkage between agriculture and industry.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Edet Sunday Akpan, explained that NAADI was developed by the ministry in line with the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) as derived from the framework produced by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.
The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, represented by his deputy, Mr Moses Frank Ekpo MFR, endorsed the NAADI initiative saying it has the capacity to drive agribusiness and agro industrial advancement in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The Director, Commodities and Products Inspectorate Department of Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Mrs Omololu Opeewe, explained that NAADI has benefits to the stakeholders in terms of capacity building along the entire agricultural value chain. By
Francis Arinze, Dailytrust.com.ng