FSG Faculty Collaborates with Nigeria’s National Assembly
August 31, 2018 - Author: Saweda Liverpool-Tasie
AFRE Faculty commit to supporting Nigeria’s National Assembly Committee on Agriculture
In August 2018, MSU’s AFRE FSG faculty Prof. Tom Reardon, Prof. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie and Dr. Oyinkan Tasie committed to supporting Nigeria’s National Assembly Committee on Agriculture to enhance its delivery on its mandate as it relates to strengthening the agricultural policy process. The commitment was made at the breakfast meeting with Nigeria’s Senate Committee Chairman on Agriculture, His Excellency Senator Abdullahi Adamu at his residence. Distinguished Senator Adamu is a high-ranking member of the National Assembly. Prior to his election as a Senator of the Federal Republic Nigeria, Senator Adamu was the Governor of Nasarawa State and was one time a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Constitution vests the National Assembly with the power to make laws for the peace, order and good governance of the Federation. Pursuant to these powers, the Assembly has broad oversight functions and is empowered to establish committees. The National Assembly Committee on Agriculture provides legislative oversight of all matters covered by the country’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD). The FMARD is responsible for developing the agriculture sector of the Nigerian economy, with a view to growing the sector, driving income growth, accelerate food and nutrition security, generating employment and transforming Nigeria into a leading global food market, through the commodity value chain concept. With this Commitment to the National Assembly Committee on Agriculture, MSU’s AFRE would be supporting capacity enhancement and an increase in the offtake of evidence by policy makers in the agricultural policy process.