My name is Yemisi Akibu(nee Awokoya). I attended Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, and Federal School of Science, Victoria Island. I then proceeded to Federal Government College, Kano for my Higher School Certificate (HSC). I obtained my B.Sc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan and obtained a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. On my return to Nigeria, I taught Agric Science briefly at Government College, Eric Moore, Surulere.
I joined Union Bank of Nigeria Plc as an Agricultural Finance Officer. My time at Union Bank was exciting and highly rewarding. I witnessed the growth and expansion of the agricultural sector of our great nation Nigeria. Policy formulation, implementation, performance assessment and charting a way forward were found to be KEY to the growth of investment funds in the Agric sector.
Farmers need an enabling environment for successful policy implementation. For over two decades, I traversed the length and breadth of Nigeria, identifying bankable projects for the bank to finance. I appraised, disbursed, monitored, evaluated micro, small, medium and commercial /large scale agricultural projects spanning arable and tree crops, poultry, all livestock and fishery projects. The list is endless. I love seeing projects evolve from the production to harvest stage. When harvested products are marketed and sold, I am overjoyed when the farmers/ customers are able to REPAY the loan with interest. But in some cases, that is not always the case. You will get to know why later and by reading my blogs on a regular basis, I will let you know why
1. An independent nation must make agricultural production of food and fibre a priority so that the nation can feed its citizens and have extra for the rainy day.
2. Food preservation is essential- in anticipation of the rainy day.
3. Food Security must be a national priority – in anticipation of the unexpected.
4. Enhanced agricultural production will definitely lead to a transformation and monetization of the rural economy. It is in the rural areas of a country that the battle and struggle for economic development is either lost or won.
I will update you on what the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Development Finance Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria and all other government agencies, entrepreneurs and agricultural producers are doing.
The States will not be left out. The Farmer is King. I look forward to hearing from you. You can contact me via email on firstname.lastname@example.org Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog