By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
Lagos State Government has resolved to work with the private sector to facilitate food security by harnessing Public and Private investment to create a strong, mixed sector economy.Â Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Food Security, Mr. Ganiyu Sanni Okanlawon made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the President, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. (Mrs) Nike Akande.
Okanlawon noted that agriculture has the highest demonstrated potential for job and wealth creation and it is against this background that the agricultural sector should be one of the key instruments of achieving this laudable dream.
He added that in spite of the global climate change which constitutes challenge to food security, the Lagos State Government will leave no stone unturned to address these challenges, promote food security and encourage investment in agriculture stressing that this is part of the reasons why his office was created.
Okanlawon said that the State government is poised to address poverty and guarantee good health by ensuring wholesomeness in the process and distribution of foods that citizens consume stressing that this step is in line with commitment of the present administration to ensure food security.
He said it is necessary to monitor the whole process of food handling and distribution until it gets to the final consumers, adding that his office currently proposing setting up Food Marshals Corp that will be positioned across the state for proper monitoring.
The Special Adviser while explaining the motive behind the courtesy visit stated that his office and the Ministry of Agriculture seek to have a handshake with Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry in order to attract both local and foreign investors to Lagos and ensure quick returns on investment.
He expressed optimism that the collaboration will result in a win-win situation for the State, the private sector and all stakeholders in the agriculture sector in such a way that food sufficiency and safety will be guaranteed.