Niger State Governor, farmer Mohammed Umaru Bago has stated that the prestigious Public Service award on Agriculture and Food Security presented to him at the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service (NEAPS) was a push to do more.

The farmer Governor stated this at the award presentation organised by The Best Strategic (TBS) Media, in collaboration with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, held at the State House Banquet Hall Abuja.

He said the award was based on the deliberate attempts of his administration to transform Agriculture in the State.

The farmer Governor stressed that the award was for the benefit of Nigerlites as he would stop at nothing to ensure that his vision for the State was achieved.

He described his Agricultural revolution as a comprehensive one with plans for storage facilities to curtail post harvest losses, adding that about a million tons of renewable energy storage facility would be provided across the State in addition to the 500 of 40ft containers that Dangote Group would provide for the farms estates in the State.

In the area of infrastructural, especially roads, the farmer Governor said his administration has embarked on about 1,000 km of road projects across the State, describing it as unprecedented.

In his remarks at the event, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu enjoined Public Servants to live up to expectations and be guided by the fact that Public Institutions were not personal enterprises.

Represented by his Vice, Kashim Shetima, the President reiterated his determination and commitment to creating an environment where merit is rewarded and every Public Servant is valued and motivated to give his or her best.

Earlier, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume, said the award was to recognise and award innovations, purposeful leadership and hard-working of exceptional individuals and organisations among government and private sectors.

He explained that the selection process of the awardees was based on verifiable facts and figures.

Government officials, State and Federal lawmakers, family members, Minister of state for Agriculture and other well-wishers, while speaking to journalists, described the farmer Governor’s award as well-deserved, and a reflection of his good policies, hard work and commitment to his Agricultural revolution to ensure food security.

They all promised to continue to rally round him for the success of his administration.

The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Sani Musa also bagged an award on Constituency Empowerment

A total of 42 personalities received awards in different categories.

The Etsu Nupe and Chairman Niger state Council of Traditional Rulers, Alh. Yahaya Abubakar and the Etsu Agaie , Alh. Yusuf Nuhu were among eminent personalities that attended the event.

Bologi Ibrahim
Chief Press Secretary
to the Governor of Niger State

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