The Nasarawa Government has donated 3,000 hectares in Doma Local Government Area of the state to the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) for agricultural purposes.
Speaking while handing over the land to NEPAD, the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, said the donation was aimed at promoting food security in the state and the country at large.
Akabe said that the state government would work with all organisations towards improving the living standards of the people.
He said that the project was in line with the policy of Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration to boost agricultural activities in the state.
He urged corporate organisations and wealthy individuals to invest in agriculture to enhance Nigeria’s food security and curb youth restiveness in the country.
Responding, Mr Zakheaus Maxwell, the National Coordinator of NEPAD on Smallholder Farmers in Nigeria, thanked the state government for the gesture.
He pledged that the organisation would soon begin agricultural activities in the area so as to address the issues of food scarcity in the state and the country.
Maxwell said that some of the objectives of NEPAD were aimed at eradicating poverty and integrating Africa into the world economy.
The coordinator noted that the land donated to NEPAD would go a long way in changing the lives of the people.
In a remark, Munirat Abdullahi, Special Assistant to the Governor on NGOs and Development Partners, said that the project would be beneficial to the people of the state and the country at large.