19 January 2018

Nigeria: We've Made Remarkable Progress in Agriculture, Says Buhari

Abuja — President Muhammadu Buhari thursday in Abuja said the agriculture sector had witnessed steady and remarkable progress in the last two years and thus significantly reducing the food import bill of the country.

A statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president made the remark at a ceremony marking the receipt of Letters of Credence from Ambassadors of Democratic Republic of Greece, People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Republic of Portugal.

According to him, Buhari said the commendable performance in the agriculture sector had further fuelled the government's effort to reposition the economy, with more focus on export of commodities.

"We are very busy in the agriculture sector, and more Nigerians are getting involved," the president told the Ambassador of the Republic of Bangladesh, Maj. Gen. Kazi Sharif Kaikoband.

According to the statement, Buhari said the boom in the agriculture sector had also attracted more people, especially younger Nigerians, to pick interest in farming with long term plans for large scale farming and export of products.

It further said the Ambassador of Bangladesh in his remark, commended the president for the courageous steps he has taken in eliminating terrorism in the country, saying:, "We have had the terrorism problem in Bangladesh for more than 36 years," adding that "Bangladesh denounces terrorism in all forms irrespective of colour or country."

Furthermore, the statement said Kaikoband observed that education and sports provide new opportunities for improved relations as more Nigerians in Bangladesh are in schools or into sports, especially football.

"The president also received Letters of Credence from Ms. Maria Saranto, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Greece and His Excellency, Mr. Anthonio Pedro Da Vinha Da Silva, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal.

"In separate meetings, the president congratulated the ambassadors on their postings to Nigeria, urging them to use the opportunity to explore the potential of the country and improve on the good relations that had been built over the years," the statement added.

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