President Buhari Reels Out Achievements In The Agricultural Sector; Admits No Holes
On aspect of Agriculture, President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded his government for providing food security across the federation; saying that the cut down on importation of rice is a major achievement.
In his words, during the Democracy day Speech, The president said “Nigeria continues to pursue a strategic food security programme built around self -sufficiency and minimization of import dependency . As a result, rice importation from other countries has been cut down by 90%..”
The Social Investment Programmes ( SIP ) has been created as a means to graduating our citizens from poverty through capacity building , investment and direct support .
The president listed the The SIP programmes and projects to include :
“The Conditional Cash Transfer has so far recorded over 297 ,000 caregivers and being trained by 2 ,495 Community Facilitators in 21 states . Less privileged Nigerians are now being paid N 5 ,000 monthly stipend in 9 pilot States of Bauchi, Borno , Cross River , Ekiti , Kwara , Kogi , Niger, Osun and Oyo. Eventually the scheme will cover all the 36 states of the federation including the FCT .
Under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme – About 264 ,269 loans had been disbursed to 4 ,822 societies in the 36 States and FCT , while another 370 , 635 are awaiting release of funds .
N -Power Job creation Scheme – is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates and has so far recruited 200 ,000 youths while the next batch of 300 ,000 have been selected , verified and would soon be deployed across the 36 States and the FCT . Furthermore, 20 ,000 non -graduate volunteers have also been selected to kick off the N – Build programme in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria .
Meanwhile, some arguments on media platforms and individuals says the President Buhari led administrations’ claims of impact on the agricultural sector are just blocks that has been made on the good foundation of previous governments.