ABUJA – President Muhammadu
Buhari has said that Nigeria must halt the importation of food items that could be locally produced.
He stated that continued importation of food would affect the economy and expose
the country to industrial risks.
To realize the objective, the
president said that his administration would vigorously implement policies
that will revive Nigeria’s agricultural sector and reposition it as the mainstay of
the national economy.
The president spoke while granting audience to the new
Bulgarian Ambassador to
Nigeria, Mr. Vesselin Blagoer Delcher and others who were
in at the presidential Villa on Thursday to show their Letters
of Credence to him.
The President also noted that
importation of food
contributed to the depletion of the country’s foreign reserves and deprived citizens of job opportunities.
We must produce what we eat. We don’t have unlimited
resources to continue the importation of food items that
can be produced locally.
Fortunately, some Nigerians have shown foresight by
building factories that process
agricultural products within the country.
They have created a value chain that boosts employment,
protects our foreign reserves and safe guards the economy
from external shocks.
We will do all that we can to encourage others to join in the
effort to achieve national self
sufficiency in food production,”
President Buhari said.
The President said that his administration would
encourage Nigerian farmers to adopt modern, technology-
driven methods that guarantee higher production and returns on investment.
A statement by the presidential
spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina added that President Buhari
also received Mr. Paul Lehmann, the new High Commissioner of Australia, Hajiya Afsatu Olayinka
Ebiso-Kabba, the new High Commissioner of Sierra-Leone
and Thordur Aegir Oskarsson, the new Ambassador of
According to the statement, the
president stated hat Nigeria would welcome the further
strengthening of relations with their countries, especially in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals and trade.
The President also wished the four envoys successful tenure in Nigeria