The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has declared that Nigeria
will soon stop all forms of food importation.
The minister, who spoke when he paid a familiarisation visit to the Biotechnology and Resource Development Centre
(BIODEC) in Odi Bayelsa State, said President Muhammadu
Buhari strongly believes that
Nigeria has the capacity to attain self-sufficiency in food production.
According to him: “One legacy President Muhammadu Buhari
wants to be remembered for is to ensure that the Nigerian state produces enough food resources to feed herself without depending on other
nations for food security.
“President Buhari strongly believes that if a country like China with a population of
over 1.4 billion can provide food security for her citizens
through mechanised farming, Nigeria with less than 200
million people could do same”.
During the visit, it was learnt that Onu toured the centre
with the Director-General of the Biotechnology
Development Agency (BDA), Prof. Lucy Ogbadu and
Director of BIODEC, who is also the Coordinating Director, NABDA, Josiah Habu.
Onu said with science and technology, Nigeria has the
capacity to produce enough food for consumption and
Describing science and technology as key to economic
diversification, the minister stressed that “No nation has
ever been great without science and technology and
Nigeria can never be an exception”.