By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
President Mohammadu Buhari has said that the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai and his Kebbi state counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu are the outstanding drivers of Nigeria’s economy.
The president while speaking on Tuesday 11, 2017 at the official commissioning of the largest poultry farm in Kaduna said the two governors have been outstanding in driving economic development in their respective states.
“The $150 million Olam investment is one of the largest investment in Nigeria. We are particularly pleased to participate in this event which is a clear evidence that economic growth is taking place especially in the agricultural sector,” President Buhari said through his Minister of Agriculture, Mr Audu Ogbe.
” This is what our administration promised the people. We have been dealing with challenges in the economy which was almost appearing unsomountable. It’s our faith and ernest believe that agriculture offers the most viable and all encompassing option in our atonement to diversify our national economy,” Buhari added.
The president maintained that Nigerians should be able to feed themselves on what they grow before attention be taken on other key areas of daily lives.
“The commissioning of this Olam facility today is a living testimony in our claim that serious lasting growth is taking place in our economy and that growth can only last if it begins at the grass root.l
“When the bureau of statistics presented the through picture of the affair of our country, we accepted the reality and confronted it headlong with courage and perseverance. Now few months down the road, the bureau of statistics has shared the news that we are getting out of the pit of recession. Even though the statistics are still fragile, we need to work even more harder to get into an economy level that is satisfactory,” the president said.
The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emiefele said the commissioning of Olams integrated poultry facility farm in Kaduna is indeed a special day for the country and the apex bank.
“This because the laudable investment will help in driving the economic growth of our country which will significantly reduce unemployment and increase social coercion. Olams will help support Central Bank to increase local production, reduce import items that we can produce here in Nigeria.”
Former CBN governor and the emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II said Nigeria need to move away from a consuming to a productive nation.
According to emir Muhammad, Nigeria has a population of about 170 million people adding that the middle age is 19.
He said: “In the next 20 years we are going to have about 85 million Nigerians that will be between the ages of 20 and 40. That’s more than the population of Germany the world’s 3rd largest economy.”
” The only way we can provide to the young men is to invest in agriculture. It should not just be about investment on food security but it should be about the security of our nation and the security of our future,” the emir added.