Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has launched a Zero Hunger Strategic Initiative to end hunger and poverty in Nigeria by the year 2030, a Five-year programme to begin in Benue, Ebonyi, Ogun, Sokoto.

According to the Guardian, The four states of Ebonyi, Benue, Ogun and Sokoto would kick-start the five-year pilot programme aimed at exploiting the agriculture potential of the country.

Obasanjo, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum, at the launch of the Strategic Review Report, said the country has begun a new journey that would redefine the destiny of hundreds of millions of people in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (left), Chairman, Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chairman, UBA Plc and Sub-Committee Chairman of Resource Mobilisation of Zero Hunger Forum, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole and Director, United Nations World Food Programme, Mr. Stanlake Samkange at the launch of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report at the International Conference Centre, Abuja…yesterday
The ex-president explained that the actions recommended in the report would be implemented in all the 36 states including the FCT from January 2017. He added that the forum would support, encourage and monitor progress in the four pilot states, disclosing that the governors of these states have agreed to implement the Zero Hunger Roadmap.

Obasanjo further explained that the forum has put a time frame for the achievement of the goals, explaining that by January 2019 eight more states would be added to the focal states and by January 2021 all 36 states plus Abuja would be included.

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