If elected president in the coming 2023 general elections, Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, has pledged to overhaul the agricultural sector for maximum performance.
In a town hall meeting with farmers and the Northern Agro Commodity Groups held at the Idris Legbo Kutigi Conference Hall in Minna, Niger State, Tinubu stated that this will be accomplished by offering modern farm equipment at discounted prices.
He pointed out that the sector must be prioritized in order to facilitate easy access to agricultural facilities and to raise the country’s gross domestic product because agriculture represents the hope and prosperity of farmers and the Nigerian economy (GDP).
In order to improve food security and exports, the presidential candidate claimed that the National Agricultural Commodity Directorate, which is to be established, will ensure the success of his agriculture policy.
However, Tinubu expressed sympathy for the nation’s flood victims.
The event’s host, Governor Abubakar Bello, said that his administration in Niger State has always supported the growth of agriculture in the production of crops, animals, and fisheries.
He stated that through implementing the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP II) initiative, he was able to revive some of the 19 inactive irrigation projects in the state as well as repair nearly 300 km of rural access roads.
Bello added that almost 1,300 hectares of pasture plots have been fully developed, and basic facilities have been supplied for the production diary and other connected animal products, which have attracted five international investors.
Along with other dignitaries, the ceremony was also attended by the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council, Simon Lalong, the Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, and the Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar.