God brought me to revamp agric in Nigeria –Adesina

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said that his appointment as minister in the current administration was a God ordered mission intended to enable him contribute to the re-building of the wall of agricultural sector and by implication, reactivate the sector for sustainable growth.

Adesina, who made the assertion at the weekend at the Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Abuja during the thanksgiving service for his award as the Forbes African Man of the Year 2013, likened his current efforts to that of Nehemiah in the scriptures, who rose to rebuild the city of Jerusalem after years of neglect.

He, however, attributed the glory of the achievements of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) to President Goodluck Jonathan, who called on him to serve his fatherland by appointing him as the minister of one of the most crucial sectors of the nation’s economy.

The minister said: “What we are celebrating today, in the agricultural sector wouldn’t have happened without the President, because I was in Nairobi working when the President appointed me the minister of agriculture; I had never met him before my appointment as a minister

. “I could not have achieved this unless the President stood behind us solidly by supporting all our policies and programme. I want to use this opportunity to pray that God will bless the President and expand his wisdom and God who helped him at a time like this will not make him to disappoint us,” Adesina said.

Anchoring his remarks on Psalm 144 verses 13 to 15, the minister prayed for Nigeria, saying “God has brought us to rebuild the wall of agriculture in Nigeria like the wall of Jerusalem of the day of Nehemiah, today is not about me but about what God is doing in this country.”

In his sermon, the Senior Pastor, Rev. Babajide Olowodola, whose message was anchored on ‘My Scorecard’, said the only thing that was adding colour to the present administration is agriculture

. He said the healing of Nigeria had started because the cocoa and groundnut pyramids were coming back and that Nigeria would soon export rice.

“A time is coming when Nigeria would be told to drink its oil; agriculture will sustain us, the seven years of famine that is coming, the Lord has already raised up a Joseph in Akinwumi for Nigeria,” the cleric averred.

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