Lagos State has, for the first time in 44 years of history, generated more than 1 billion naira of internal income in the agricultural sector despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abisola Olusanya, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, made the disclosure at the recent Lagos Food Fest 2021 themed “A Taste of Lagos”, held at Muri Okunola Park, on the Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to Olusanya, the ministry has taken this step with the support of its staff and officials who have gone “beyond” in 2021 to ensure food security in the state.
Congratulating the officials of the Ministry of Agriculture for their outstanding performance, she said: “For the first time in the history of the ministry, we have crossed over one billion naira in IGR. It has never happened before. We think it’s imperative that we give them (the officials) some form of appreciation. “
Speaking on the importance of the food festival, the commissioner explained that it is a platform for Lagosians to relax and unwind with their families during the holiday season, adding that he It was a follow-up to the success story of the five editions of the former annual Lagos Seafood Festival, held between 2012 and 2020.
Prior to the new development, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, launched a five-year agricultural and food systems roadmap project in April 2021 that is expected to generate around $ 10 billion in investment in the country. over the next five years.
The governor stressed that Lagos could no longer afford to depend exclusively on other states for its food consumption, as it possessed the capacity to support its teeming population by unleashing its immeasurable agricultural potential through the implementation of the road map. five-year period planned to generate wealth. , value creation, food security, promote the industrialization of the agricultural sector and the entrenchment of the inclusive socio-economic development of the State.