Border closure will enhance rice value chain - THE NATION
BY Kolade Adeyemi, Kano
An expert on Nutrition and the Head, Department of Food Science and Technology, Bayero University Kano (BUK), Dr. Dahiru Adamu, has hailed the Federal Government’s stance on border closure, saying it will enhance the rice value chain, food security and economic growth.
Dr. Adamu called on the academia and the business community to support the policy, which he described as strategic and intended to control and regulate the spate of smuggling of consumable and other items into the country, particularly rice.
According to him, the border closure has greatly enhanced the rice value chain in the country, adding that the intervention by the Federal Government is gradually bringing about food security and food defence, and creation of employment opportunities.
Dr Adamu spoke as a Guest Lecturer at the commissioning of the Ultra-modern PRNigeria Centre in Kano built by Image Merchant Promotions Limited (IMPR) publishers of PRNigeria and Economic Confidential.
He said: “The rebellion posture of the Federal Government on border closure has quick wins which include food security, quality and safety, nutrition, reduction in corruption and the development of appropriate technologies.”
Dr Adamu further emphasised that the rice value chain will also enhance the use of critical manpower development, logistics control and development, sustainable employment, sustainable income to enable individual, corporate and national planning strategies.
He regretted that the major constraint the country is experiencing is the knowledge gap, pointing out that the country’s research institutes are not well utilized.
Head of Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano Dr. Haruna Ismail urged the government to use the media to promote the policies on national security and interest. Saying that the advantages of border closure would enhance local production of Nigeria’s rice and value addition.
Managing Director of Fursa Foods Alhaji Abba Dantata, who is also an executive member of the Rice Processors Association of Nigeria(RIPAN) threw his weight behind the border closure, noting that the development has enhanced increased production of the commodity.
Dantata noted that the Nigerian Rice has more nutritional value compared to the imported ones apart from the multiplier effect of employment generation through various rice value chain.
Chairman and founder of PRNigeria, Mr. Yushau Shuaib said the event was focused on four critical areas namely: Commissioning the PRNigeria Centre, a glimpse of his new book on Crisis Communication and his voluntary retirement from public service after 25 years at the age of fifty (50) years on earth.
Shuaib said the centre is dedicated to the training and mentoring of those inclined to investigative Journalism and Public Relations practice, while also serving as a centre for conferences and seminars in collaboration with critical stakeholders such as NIPR and Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ).
At the occasion were members of the academia from the Bayero University Kano, representatives of the Nigerian Army, Customs, Civil Defense, Nigeria Correctional Service, businessmen and the traditional rulers and Sarkin Kofar Dukawuya of Kano, Alhaji Maitama Bello.