President Buhari Deserve Praises for Saving Many Nigerians From Hunger - Lai Mohammed

Date: 09-12-2022 12:47 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
- at 9-12-2022 12:47 PM (1 month ago)

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari achieved a lot in the area of food self-sufficiency, but it is being downplayed. He made the statement on Thursday, December 8th during the 9th edition of the Buhari Administration Scorecard media series in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Mohammed said the Federal Government’s achievements in food security in the country and the scaling up of made-in-Nigeria products should be lauded.

He said; “Now, Honourable Minister, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, there is a part of this administration’s scorecard that has been largely downplayed, and that is the area of self-sufficiency in most basic needs.“Yes, we are not fully there yet, but this administration has done well since assuming office. I am sure many of us have seen video clips of empty supermarket shelves in the Western World, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia-Ukraine war and economic uncertainty which have all combined to disrupt global supply chains.

“Long before these crises, however, President Muhammadu Buhari had, in a statement that has now turned out to be prescient, admonished Nigerians to grow what they eat and eat what they grow.

“Then, many neither understood the importance of that admonition nor appreciated its relevance. Well, it turned out that the consequence of that statement, which made Nigerians to look inward and relied less on imports, saved Nigerians from hunger, especially during the prolonged global lockdown, when exporting nations shut their ports and borders and nations that relied on imports were struggling to meet their needs.

“Imagine that Nigeria, during that period, had relied on imports to feed itself. In 2020, when the pandemic started, we were just five years into the Buhari administration’s food security programme.

“But we had enough food to eat and enough fertilizer to farm, thanks also to the Presidential Fertiliser initiative. Recall, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, that even before the pandemic, our borders were closed and food imports were largely banned.

“So, if we can survive a pandemic with only five years of food security journey, just imagine what we can do in 10 years? This is just one of the many lasting legacies that Muhammadu Buhari, the President who saw tomorrow, will leave Nigeria with.

“Our farmers are now part of our economy. Companies and factories are coming up to manufacture, process and distribute food. If you visit our markets and supermarkets today, what you will see mostly are ‘made in Nigeria’ products. This is a huge progress in such a short time.

“May I remind you all that major contributors to our huge progress towards achieving food sufficiency include the increase in the number of fertiliser blending plants in the country from 10 in 2015 to 142 today, and the increase in the number of rice mills in the country from 10 in 2015 to 80 integrated rice mills today.

“To further highlight our progress in rice production, Nigeria was the number one export destination for rice in 2014, according to Thai authorities. However, by 2021, the same Thai authorities ranked Nigeria as number 79.

“I know that many cynics will say ‘yes, there is food but the prices are high’. My response will be that as we engage more in local food production and move closer to achieving food security, prices will begin to fall. For now, we must acknowledge the success we have achieved in the area of food production and in scaling up made-in-Nigeria products. This will be an indelible legacy of the PMB Administration.”

Posted: at 9-12-2022 12:47 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- fineboy77 at 9-12-2022 12:57 PM (1 month ago)
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Keep lying to yourself old man

Posted: at 9-12-2022 12:57 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- Goldtime at 9-12-2022 01:47 PM (1 month ago)
Oh plz Mr., citing Russia as an example for food insufficiency exposed just how unlearned and oblivious of global affairs . Russia is the largest producer of wheat and most major agricultural products.So, just don’t go near that misinformation.If you saying supermarket shelves are empty in Russia ,it’s simply because of the sanctions meter out because of Russia invasion of Ukraine . Nigerha is no near food sufficiency at all .U mentioned rice production as the only achievement of your party in eight years . U must be smoking a left over Bob Marley ganja in Kingston Town . Oloshi
Posted: at 9-12-2022 01:47 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
- gogoman at 9-12-2022 02:02 PM (1 month ago)
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That is why i like that man........ UP BUBU
Posted: at 9-12-2022 02:02 PM (1 month ago) | Grande Master
- kp45 at 9-12-2022 02:31 PM (1 month ago)
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Hissing continues....
Posted: at 9-12-2022 02:31 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- Allsense at 9-12-2022 03:29 PM (1 month ago)
I didn't understand how these old folks keep thinking Nigerians are fools, everybody don open eyes and wise up na only them they deceive themselves na wa oo
Posted: at 9-12-2022 03:29 PM (1 month ago) | Upcoming


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