Connect with us

Agriculture

Why Bank of Agriculture is still in distress-Minister

Published

on

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Malam Sabo Nanono said the Bank of Agriculture(BOA) was still in distress because no concrete effort was made to recapitalise it in spite of pronouncements in the past.

Nanono disclosed this while speaking the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

He said it was disheartening to note that a bank established to cater for the needs of Nigerian farmers was distressed and nothing serious was done about it.

According to him, the agricultural sector is a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product(GDP) and as such whatever will help reposition it should not be treated with kids glove.

“The plan was never beyond newspaper publications. I think there was no serious attempt and personally I think that is not the best approach.

“The best approach is to look at it properly and reorganise the bank and reposition it.

” If you are to sell the Bank of Agriculture now, you have to look at some portfolios. Its life assets and dead assets and see the balance between the two.

“Can you afford at that point to go to public, and are you going to privatise it? That means selling it at a go or is it going to be partial investment.

“If the private sector is keying into buying it, obviously they have to look at the portfolio investment of the bank and to me it is not a comfortable position now to go into the financial market for investment,” he said.

The minister pledged his commitment to ensuring that the bank picked up as soon as possible in order to carry out its mandate.

“We are trying to look at it seriously and reposition it. I have already appointed a committee to look into reorganisation of the agricultural bank.

Edited by: Ali Baba-Inuwa

(NAN)

Contact US: editor@nnn.com.ng, nnnnews247@gmail.com

Recent Posts

January 2020
M T W T F S S
« Dec    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

NNN News Nigeria: NNN is an online Nigeria news portal that publishes breaking news in politics, business, entertainment, sport, security, features, opinion, environment, education, technology, and the world news at large. NNN publishes only news that is factual, credible, verifiable, authoritative and investigative. NNN is a media subscriber of the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a unique media organization that is founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comprising of ordinary people with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favor. Contact: editor@nnn.com.ng

© 2014 - 2019 NNN News Nigeria. All Rights Reserved.

editor@nnn.com.ng