As the federal government seeks alternative to oil as the country’s major revenue earner, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Innocent Ogbeh, has called on stakeholders to collaborate with government towards a more improved livelihood.
Ogbeh made the call while declaring open a 2-day retreat held for directors of the Ministry in collaboration with USAID in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, “there is obviously a positive relationship between economic growth in Nigeria and diversification of other sectors like agriculture”.
The minister who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr Shehu Ahmed, stressed that effective, efficient, diligent and result based Monitoring and Evaluation must take place to determine the inherent benefit, risks, limitations of Agriculture and its practice.
He said “Monitoring and Evaluation is important because it provides the only consolidated source of information showcasing project implementation. Allows actors to learn from each other’s experience, building on expertise and knowledge .it reveals mistakes and offers paths for learning and improvements”
He added that “It provides a basis for questioning and testing assumptions. It also provides a way to assess the crucial link between implementers and beneficiaries on the ground and decision makers”, According to him, when there is a proper management of human resources, huge investment and concentration on agriculture, the Nigerian economy will certainly record healthy and vibrant status.
The regional director, USAID Africa Lead, West Africa Regional Office, Carla Denizard who was represented by the Knowledge Management manager, Annie Akanko noted that the purpose of the programme was to support and advance agricultural transformation in Africa as proposed by the African Union Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
Denizard stressed that Africa Lead plays the role of a catalyst and connector for learning and innovations in individual leadership behaviour, in institutional performance and in the policy process, especially including supporting increased injection of evidence into policy debate and decision making and in strengthening engagement of civil society.
“Following the director’s retreat, Africa Lead will further provide coaching support to the staff of selected departments and units of federal ministry of agricultural and rural development to review and finalise their implementable goals, objectives and results frameworks that they develop during the monitoring and evaluation short course period.
“The personnel will also be guided to standardise their monitoring and evaluation plans and review their work plans to enable them to better implement their agricultural policies and projects. This activity will support the ministry in its efforts to own a structured system that enhances their implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting “, Denizard stated.