President Muhammadu Buhari says the directive to the Central Financial institution of Nigeria to cease offering overseas alternate for meals importation was to enhance agricultural manufacturing and attain full meals safety.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman in an announcement, mentioned Buhari said this when he hosted All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to Eid-el-Kabir lunch at his nation house in Daura, Katsina state on Tuesday.
In response to the president, the overseas reserve will likely be used strictly for diversification of the economic system and never for encouraging extra dependence on overseas meals.
“Don’t give a cent to anyone to import meals into the nation,’’ he mentioned.
The President famous that some states like Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Kano had taken benefit of the Federal Authorities’s coverage on agriculture with large returns in rice farming.
He, due to this fact, urged extra states to plug into the continued revolution to feed the nation.
“We’ve achieved meals safety, and for bodily safety, we’re not doing badly,’’ he mentioned.
Buhari mentioned he was significantly delighted that younger Nigerians, together with graduates, had began exploring agric-business and entrepreneurship, with many posting testimonies of excellent returns on their investments.
He mentioned the incoming ministers could be guided to fulfill the targets of the APC-led authorities for the folks.
The president added that common monitoring of their performances and scaling up of targets could be carried out by the Workplace of the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation.
Buhari gave the peace of mind of attending the Presidential Coverage Retreat organized for the ministers by the OSFG.
He insisted on compliance with laid down targets on key sectors of the economic system that might instantly influence on the livelihood of Nigerians.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Discussion board, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, mentioned the President’s sense of justice and equity had been inspiring to governors.
He mentioned the challenges confronted by states “had been huge’’, however the governors had remained undaunted, assuring the President of sturdy assist and “the perfect effort’’ to beat the obstacles.
The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Discussion board, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, appreciated the President for the distinctive management type of sustaining a wholesome relationship with governors on a person and collective foundation.
He pressured that they’d been “energized’’ to do extra of their states.
The governor counseled the President for making daring and brave efforts to reposition the economic system for majority of Nigerians by way of inclusive insurance policies.
“The nation is safer than in 2015, and the nation is extra affluent than in 2015 since you are working for almost all of the folks,’’ he added.
Bagudu mentioned the celebration had been repositioned, after the 2019 elections, to work for the advantage of nearly all of Nigerians, noting that “there’ll two elections this 12 months and we have to work in the direction of successful the 2 states.’’