The Kebbi State Government has in officially handed over ten hectares of land to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for the establishment of the Agricultural Machinery Development Institute (AMEDI). This initiative aligns with the Federal Government’s directive to have one AMEDI in each of the six geopolitical zones across the country.

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The land, situated along the Birnin Kebbi-Argungu road, was formally transferred to Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NASENI, by Alhaji Dahiru Zaki, the Permanent Secretary of the Kebbi State Cabinet Office. Present at the event were officials from the Kebbi State Government, including Alhaji Abukar Ahmed, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands and Housing, Alhaji Adamu Dankawu, the Representative of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Shafiu Zauro, the Special Adviser on Special Duties to the Governor, and a representative from the District Head of Zauro, the host community.

Kebbi State was chosen as the site for the new AMEDI due to its significant contribution to rice production and other agricultural commodities in the North-West geopolitical zone. The land allocation signifies a crucial step towards accelerating development and creating employment opportunities for the youth of Kebbi State.

The handover ceremony took place at the permanent site earmarked for the proposed institute, with Dr. Mohammed Mohammed, Director of Procurement at NASENI, receiving the land documents on behalf of the EVC/CEO. Alhaji Zaki expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for selecting Kebbi State as the location for the institute, emphasizing its suitability given the state’s agricultural prowess.


In response, Dr. Mohammed conveyed appreciation to Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State for generously providing NASENI with land along the Airport road in Birnin Kebbi for the institute’s construction. He assured that the project would commence promptly, with all necessary preparations already underway under the NASENI’s boss.

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