The Nigerian government is seeking to grow investments in the agricultural sector and has assured investors of adequate protection for them and their investment assets.
The government says it has taken new measures to raise the level of security in the country to safeguard investors and large farms across the country.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, stated this on Monday in Abuja at the inauguration of a two million dollars U.S. Government/Private Partnership towards strengthening Nigeria`s agricultural sector.
Ogbeh said plans were underway to engage the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to provide security for the nation`s big-time farms and investors in agriculture.
“We have challenges; it is a matter of joy USAID continues to partner with us, to support us.
“We are looking forward to more intensive partnership; we are looking forward to investors, local and foreign and we want to say that we are aware of the new security challenges we face naturally.
“We have to anticipate that investors whether they are Nigerians or foreigners, we require security to protect them.”
Ogbeh stated that unlike in Nigeria, farmers in other parts of the world live and work on their farms.
He said government was ready to encourage farmers to live on their farms through the provision of adequate security.
“We want farmers to live on their farms and since they are going to live on their farm there is a new design of security arrangement.
“We are making arrangement with the ministry of interior using the civil defense to protect big time investors in agriculture.
“We want to protect the investment against internal insecurity and external aggression by either kidnappers or mid night harvesters or rustlers,’’ he said.