There is hereby established in the Presidency an authority to be known as the National Agricultural Land Development Authority which shall be a body corporate. The management of the Authority established by section 1 of this Decree shall be vested in a Governing Board. Subject to this Decree, the objectives of the Authority shall be to: provide strategic public support for land development; promote and support optimum utilization of Nigeria's rural land resources for accelerated production of food and fibre; encourage and support economic-size farm holdings and promote consolidation of scattered fragment holdings; encourage the evolution of economic-size rural settlements; provide gainful employment opportunities for rural people, raise rural incomes and improve on the general living standards in rural areas; expand productive capacity in agriculture and regain export capability in traditional and non-traditional crops; etc. Functions of the Board are described in section 6. There is hereby established for each Local Government Area of a State and the Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, a Local Government Project Implementation Advisory Panel which shall be subject to the control of the Authority (sect. 15).
Amended by: National Agricultural Land Development Authority (Amendment) Act, 2016. (2016)
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British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy. After independence in 1960, politics were marked by coups and mostly military rule, until the death of a military head of state in 1998 allowed for a political transition. In 1999, a new constitution was adopted and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed.