President Muhammadu Buhari has said that farming remains the only escape route from perpetual poverty in the country. He, therefore, urged Nigerians to embrace and invest in agriculture to avoid being trapped in poverty.
Buhari stated this, yesterday, in Rivers State through a video address at the 23rd Farmers’ Day celebration, organised by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC)-Green River project.
He said: “We neglected farming in the past. But we are wiser now as a nation. I urge every citizen to embrace agriculture because that is the only escape route from perpetual poverty.“Agriculture is a veritable tools for economic recovery. It engenders a better living standard and ensures food security. Agriculture will improve food security and provide jobs. Farmers are our authentic healers now and years ahead…”
“I, therefore, urge the farmers to make good use of the investment made by NAOC, We want to make farming our bedrock.”The President described farmers as the true heroes of the nation and commended NAOC for their contribution towards the growth of the agricultural sector, which he said is boosting the nation’s economy.“I commend the Nigerian Agip Oil Company for their efforts in repositioning Agriculture. I urge others to emulate the examples set,” he said.
The Dean of Agriculture, Rivers State University, Prof. Nkalu Okorima, said the problems facing the sector remains bad roads, lack of storage facilities and corruption, urging the government to address the challenges to pave way for a smooth agro business.NAOC General Manager District, Mr. Tiani Alessandro said the gesture was geared towards greater collaboration between the host communities and NAOC JV.
He said: “It is our desire to inspire farmers to strive for greater productivity in the next planting season, especially by providing employment opportunities for others the sector…”He promised that the firm would continue to build sustainability in agriculture, focusing on the development of people and re-cognising the great opportunities embedded in the Green River project.