President Muhammadu Buhari says his commitment to get 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is realisable with more collaboration between the government and the people.
Back in June, Buhari had instituted a national poverty reduction with growth strategy (NPRGS) steering committee with a resolution to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
In a statement publicized by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the president stated this on Monday, at the time he commissioned the first National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) Integrated Farm Estate in Suduje-Daura, Katsina.
Buhari mentioned that the vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of the poverty cycle within ten years can be achieved by diversifying the economy with agriculture as the fortitude.
The president noted that dependence on oil had turned a detriment on the economy over the years, with unpredictable and fluctuating global prices that made it more elusive to plan budgets, implement, and measure outcomes efficiently.
“I wish to restate my commitment that getting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is realisable. The country is robustly blessed with good weather conditions, good soil, human and material capacity, and resilience to make a difference by all the hardworking youths,” he said.
“We can do it, and we will do it. No excuse will be good enough to remain a mono-economy with all the challenges in oil production and fluctuating global prices when we have vast opportunities in crop and livestock production.”
He added that countries place priority on the economy’s competitive edge, saying Nigeria would always play a leading role in the agricultural sector, with the ernourmousness in experience, crop cultivation, animal husbandry, and in recent time, a rising youth interest.
“As the world becomes more globalised, countries will continue to draw from their competitive advantage to remain relevant,” the President added.
“My belief, and it is also shared by many Nigerians, is that our country has a special advantage in food and livestock productions that we must harness and promote to feed ourselves and build a firm structure for exportation.
“Our vision of a robust agricultural economy continues to provide amazing results. Across the country today, we are seeing rising public and private interests in agriculture, especially among the youth, and a steady migration from subsistence to commercial farming.
“With the support of public institutions, like the Central Bank and Bank of Agriculture, old tools are giving way to more mechanised styles of farming, credit lines are becoming more accessible, and farming is becoming more acceptable and fashionable. Indeed, we are witnessing a revolution in the agricultural sector.’’
Speaking further, the president said the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) was rejuvenated to meet the growing needs in the agricultural sector to look into available potentials of job opportunities, entrepreneurship and marketing, home and abroad.
He then ordered all federal government institutions to work in collaboration in lifting and diversifying the economy and give NALDA all the support it needs to extend the Integrated Farm Estate across the 109 senatorial zones
In his address, Aminu Bello Masari, Katsina state governor, appreciated the president for the initiative of reviving NALDA, saying that agriculture had been the strength of the Nigerian economy until the 70s.