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Former Agric Minister Dies at 59

The Former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abba Sayyadi Ruma has died in a London hospital after a brief illness.

The 59-year-old served under the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2007.

Ruma left office in March 2010 when Vice President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, dissolved his cabinet as Acting President after the demise of President Yar’Adua.

The late Minister also served as the chairman of the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

He was also a partner Minister of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Until his death, Ruma was the Founder of Cherish International School, with campuses in Katsina.

As Minister, he was known for impacting the fertilizer value chain at a time when distributors skimmed off fertilizer subsidy, creating a hike in its price.

Ruma also championed the country’s economic diversification efforts through agriculture having decried the unfavorable effect of the global food and financial crisis at that time.

The late Minister’s administration established the National Programme on Food Security – an initiative under which farmer cooperatives were revolutionized through the Cooperative Revitalisation Programme (CRP).

Ruma also inaugurated the governing boards of 15 different National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARI) in 2009.

The institutes were saddled with the responsibility of designing ways to drive the development of the agricultural sector through research.

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