By Tordue Salem
ABUJAâ€”Rep. Gbenga Makanjuola, a member of the House of Representatives from Kwara State, has lamented the deplorable state of the countryâ€™s agriculture sector.
The lawmaker who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture said: â€œThere is little or nothing to show for more than N100 billion invested in the sector in the last three years as many Nigerians are still hungry.â€™â€™
According to Makanjuola,Â his committee almost suspended appropriation for the sector in the 2010 budget.
â€œBut if we go that way, several sub-sectors within the agricultural sector will suffer set back and this informed our decision not to toe that line of action,â€™â€™ he said.
He blamed poor state of the sector on problems of implementation of some agricultural programmes by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.
â€œThe minister of agriculture agreed that there were some lapses and sought for an in-house dialogue with the members of the committee.
â€œWe hope by the time we put all this questions on the table he (minister) would be able to give feedback to Nigerians on what is happening,â€™â€™ Makanjuola said.
He said members of his committee were informed by officials of the ministry that agriculture was a long term investment whose outcome would take some time to manifest.