Buhari Blows Hot From Daura, Bans The Importation Of Food, With Immediate Effect

By Post-Nigeria: August 13, 2019 21:57

Buhari Blows Hot From Daura, Bans The Importation Of Food, With Immediate Effect

President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Tuesday, in Daura, Katsina State, disclosed that he has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to stop providing foreign exchange for the importation of food into the country, based on “the steady improvement in Agricultural production, and attainment of full food security”.
The President, who hosted the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors to an Eid-el-Kabir lunch, at his country home in Daura, said that the foreign reserve will be conserved and utilised strictly for diversification of the economy, and not for encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated: “Do not give a cent to anybody to import food into the country’’, he said.
The President noted that some States like Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Ebonyi, and Kano, had already taken advantage of the Federal Government’s policy on Agriculture, with huge returns in rice farming, urging more States to plug into the ongoing revolution to feed the nation.
“We have achieved food security, and for physical security, we are not doing badly’’, he said.
President Buhari stated that he is particularly delighted that young Nigerians, including Graduates, had started exploring Agric-business and entrepreneurship, with many posting testimonies of good returns on their investments.
President Buhari said that the incoming Ministers will be “taught’’ and thoroughly guided, to ensure they meet the targets of the APC-led government for the people, with regular monitoring of their performances and scaling up of targets by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSFG.
The President assured that he will attend the Presidential Policy Retreat organised for the Ministers by the OSFG, and insisted on compliance with laid down targets on key sectors of the economy, that will directly impact on the livelihood of Nigerians.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, said that the President’s sense of justice, fairness, and forthrightness, had turned a major inspiration to Governors, on the way forward for the country.
He disclosed that the challenges faced by States “were enormous’’, but that the Governors have remained undaunted, assuring the President of strong support and “the very best effort’’ to overcome all the obstacles.
The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, appreciated the President for the unique leadership style of maintaining a healthy relationship with the Governors, on individual and collective basis, pointing out that they have been “energised’’ to do more in their States.

The Governor commended the President for making bold and courageous efforts to re-position the economy for majority of Nigerians through inclusive policies.

“The country is more secure than in 2015, and the country is more prosperous than in 2015, because you are working for the majority of the people’’, he added.

The Governor maintained that the party has  been re-positioned after the 2019 elections, to work for the benefit of the majority of Nigerians, noting that, “there will be two elections this year, and we need to work towards winning the two States’’.

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