Nigeria is scheduled to hold its 19th Economic Summit on agriculture, the first to focus on a sector of the economy, the Director General of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. Frank Nweke, said on Wednesday in Abuja.Nweke said: “This is going to be a special summit. It is special, not just because it is going to be the 20th anniversary of the NESG but because it will be the first summit that will focus on specific sectors of our economy.
“We are going to work together in the Joint Planning Committee to articulate a team and agenda which will put agriculture at a forum for national discourse in September.”
He said the summit would focus on agriculture because it contributed 40 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product and provided jobs for over 50 per cent of the nation’s working population.
“We believe that when we talk about national security, we cannot disengage that from food security and even environmental considerations as well.
“We also believe that agriculture has the greatest potential for job creation which is the key focus of the current government.”
According to him, the summit is aimed at improving the agriculture sector by reducing food importation.
“More importantly, the Federal Government’s agriculture transformation agenda is visionary in our consideration and we believe that the government has positively impacted on the sector.”