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Experts warn on effects of petition against seed council leadership

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Director-General, NASC, Dr. Philip Ojo (left) with Oyo zone Chairman, WAIDA, Mr. Adenitan Solomon at the Southwest sensitisation tour of seed markets in Ogunpa area of Ibadan last week.

Director-General, NASC, Dr. Philip Ojo (left) with Oyo zone Chairman, WAIDA, Mr. Adenitan Solomon at the Southwest sensitisation tour of seed markets in Ogunpa area of Ibadan 

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have condemned in strong terms the criticism trailing the appointment of the new Director General of National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), Dr. Ojo Philip Olusegun, saying it would have negative implication on the reputation of the agency and the sector.

National Coordinator, Centre For Public Opinion Monitoring & Research, Mrs. Gift Agwu, President of Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN), Mr. Richard Olafare and Executive Director of Agriculture Development Watch, Mr. Abia Abia, advised the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid distractions in the form of petitions.

The Institute for Humanitarian & Environmental Law (ISHERL) and Stop Impunity Group had petitioned the Federal Government and the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, against the appointment of the NASC DG, accusing him of corruption and abuse of office. They also alleged that his appointment was irregular and requested for his removal.



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