Buhari and desire to achieve food security

For many nations in the World, the provision of adequate food supply for its citizens is always a priority as the citizens need food to stay alive and contribute meaningfully to development. In Nigeria, the issue of self – sufficiency in food production has not been fully realized over the years and this has been the challenge of successive governments. Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration was trying to achieve food security following the fall in oil price. According to him, investing in sustainable agriculture was one of the best ways to provide jobs for the people and keep the nation productive.

Buhari spoke while receiving the outgoing South Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Makuet Riak at the Presidential Villa. The President told the outgoing envoy that Nigeria’s economy, which has been heavily dependent on oil over the years, has been adversely affected by the drop in global oil prices “Investing in sustainable agriculture is one of the best ways to provide jobs for the people and keep the nation productive. “Food security is important to any country and that is what we are trying to achieve here, years after we `threw away’ agriculture for oil,’’ the President said.

Buhari urged the South Sudanese government to invest more in agriculture and not to be solely dependent on oil revenues to grow the nation’s economy. The President said South Sudan can avoid the mistake made by Nigeria in her over-reliance on oil revenue. Buhari also praised the excellent relationship between Nigeria and South Sudan and reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening existing bilateral ties. In his remarks, Riak described his four-year duty tour as his country’s first ambassador to Nigeria as very fruitful. He said South Sudan was blessed with fertile land and would welcome more investments from Nigerian companies.

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