The Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi, has lamented the impact of banditry on the country’s food security, adding that the Government should tackle it in order to solve the food crisis.
Obi made this disclosure in her remarks on Monday, during the ‘National Stakeholders Consultative’ meeting on the 2023 Agriculture Budget, in collaboration with Oxfam, ONE, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, the ECOWAS Commission.
She called for deliberate efforts from stakeholders, adding that there was a need for immediate action. Obi further said, “Insurgency, armed banditry and farmers, herders clashes as well as post-harvest losses. There is a need for an urgent rethink of our practice regarding food and nutrition security. The stakeholders’ consultative meeting stems from facilitating conversations among key stakeholders.
Speaking about ActionAid’s intervention in eight States, Obi noted that its support was geared towards ensuring citizens’ participation in budgeting in order to achieve accountability, especially in agriculture. She added that the programme is meant to promote public investment in agriculture. “It is being implemented in eight States: Bauchi, Gombe, Ondo, Kwara, Kogi, Delta, Ebonyi and the FCT. This meeting is towards opening the states for citizens’ participation in agriculture policy and budget-making”, she stated.
“Budgeting is very important, even more important is accountability”, Obi added.