- The minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed that countries begged Nigeria for food during the COVID-19 lockdown
- Fashola made the claim on Saturday, June 13, during a chat with a national magazine
- The minister said Nigeria's agricultural sector has recorded successes
The minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said many countries begged Nigeria for food during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Fashola made the claim on Saturday, June 13, during a chat with City People Magazine on Saturday, June 13, The Cable reports.
According to the minister, President Muhammadu Buhari told the countries asking for food to wait because Nigerians must be well-fed first.
He said the countries made the requests because of the success of the agriculture programme of the federal government.
"This is not in the public space but President Buhari’s priority was, tell them to wait, we must feed our people first before we send out food, we don’t know when this is going to end,” he said.
In another news report, the sum of N13 billion was approved by the Nigerian government for pest control in 12 northern states.
The federal ministry of agriculture and rural development in a statement on Saturday, June 13, disclosed that the funds were approved to reduce the effects of COVID-19 on the nation’s food sector, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The minister stated that the pest control intervention is to enable 2020 farming season in the states to go uninterrupted.
He stated that the Buhari administration is determined to protect the agricultural sector from suffering harm.
Meanwhile, the governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has revealed that his vision for the state despite the Covid-19 pandemic is that before his tenure elapses, citizens will enjoy robust economic growth and development even after he leaves office.
The governor made this known during an interactive program with citizens of the state via electronic and social media platforms on Saturday, May 23.
Governor Emmanuel vowed that he will work tirelessly, utilizing whatever resources at his disposal to ensure the prosperity of Akwa Ibom state.
According to him, his administration is diversifying the state economy to shield it from complete reliance on revenue from the sale of crude oil, improve the average earning of citizens and make it one of the best economies in the African continent.
Under his watch, Akwa Ibom state has invested in aviation, small and medium scale manufacturing, food production, agriculture and agro related value chain as well as oil and gas.
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