The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has confirmed the appointment of Mr Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe as the new Permanent Secretary of the ministry.
Umakhihe received his handing-over notes from the sit-in Permanent Secretary, Hajia Karima Babaginda, Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, on 30th December 2020.
In his remarks, Umakhihe harped on the need for teamwork and cooperation of the Directors in the ministry towards achieving the diversification policy of Mr President in the agricultural sector.
“I am here to operate an open-door policy, learn from the Directors, add value and coordinate the affairs of the Ministry,” he added.
On her part, welcoming the new Permanent Secretary, Mrs Karima Babaginda informed that the ministry has the mandate to ensure food security and create employment opportunities for teeming youths of the nation.
She pledged the loyalty and commitment of the Directors and the entire staff of the ministry.
Mr Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe born on the 5th of April, 1964 is a Professional Accountant of high repute, a core Technocrat and an Astute Administrator.
Before his new position, he has served in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.