| ALF Holds Workshop on Agriculture and Rural Development
As part of its efforts to strengthen Nigeria’s legislative arm of government, the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF) has organised a capacity building workshop on Agriculture and Rural Development for staff of national and state assemblies.
The workshop on agriculture and rural development is the third in a series of issue-based workshops designed for the ALF’s Parliamentary Support Programme which is supported by the Norwegian agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).
Held from September 4th to 10th at the ALF secretariat in Ota, Ogun State, the workshop attracted participants from 13 Houses of Assembly across the nation. Resource persons included members of the academia, civil society as well as the legislature.
While welcoming participants on the opening day of the programme, the Executive Director of Africa Leadership Forum, Mr. Ayodele Aderinwale, MFR, represented by the Deputy Director, Dr. Olumide Ajayi, said the ALF decided to focus on training parliamentary support staff instead of legislators due to the advantage of sustainability as support staff remain with the assemblies even after legislators are voted out of office. He encouraged participants to utilize the knowledge and experience shared by resource persons.
At the end of the workshop, participants issued a communiqué in which they decried the state of agriculture in the country and called on national and state assemblies to ensure that “appropriate legislation be passed to ensure that agricultural policies, programmes and schemes are sustained”.
The communiqué also stated that participants would form a network which will, among other things, “resuscitate and revitalize the Young Farmer’s Club in secondary schools across the country”.