President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Dr Mohammad Santuraki and Dr Mohammed Sani Ahmed to head the Nigerian Agricultural Cooperative and Rural Development Bank (NACRDB) and National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom in Plateau respectively.
Dr Mohammad Santuraki is to replace Alhaji Baba_Umaru Girei the out_going Managing Director of NACRDB.
Prof. Ahmad Abdallah, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, confirmed the appointment during the week in Abuja .
He said that Santuraki, who holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with specialisation in Accounting, was until his appointment, the Managing Director of FBN Mortgages Ltd.
Abdallah said that the President had also approved the appointment of Malam Waziri Ahmadu and Mr Samuel Elibe as Executive Directors, Business Development and Cooperate Services, respectively for the bank.
Dr Mohammed Sani Ahmed, the new Executive Director, National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom in Plateau, is a graduate of Veterinary Medicine and is to replace Dr Hanatu Lombin the outgoing Executive Director.
Commenting on the appointments in an interview with NAN the Minister said the changes were part of the Federal Government efforts to support and strengthen the nation’ agricultural sector to enable it achieve its objectives and respond to emerging challenges.
He said that government would source more funds for NACRDB to enable it improve its lending capacity.
Abdallah, who stressed the need to shore up the capital base of the bank, also spoke of the need to increase public awareness on the activities of the bank.
“There is already an existing law that empowers the bank to get money from various levels of governments.
“For instance, from the level of the states and local governments to make specific contributions in case of risk management,” he said.
The Minister said the Federal Government had adopted a holistic approach to the development of agriculture by adopting policies that would make the agricultural value chain an integral part of the whole.