President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said his administration is doing its best in the area of infrastructure development.
The President who identified some limitations hindering some infrastructures called for support from the Queen of the Netherlands, Maxima Zorreguieta.
Buhari disclosed this during a bilateral meeting with the Queen at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, USA.
The spokesman of the president, Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘We knew our limitations, hence the priority on infrastructure, President Buhari tells Queen of Netherlands’.
He said, “Without infrastructure, the development would be limited, so we emphasize building roads, rail, and power. We have a comprehensive plan, and we are doing our best.”
He further stated that the country is working on speeding up other infrastructure works, despite its resources and being an oil-exporting nation.
Buhari in his statement vowed that the Queen who last visited the country would see differences when next he visits the country.
The President while speaking on agriculture said Nigerian borders were closed with some neighbouring countries to encourage farmers, “and eat what we grow. People went back to the land, and this helped us tremendously. We made fertilizers available, resuscitated dams, and it all paid off handsomely. Otherwise, with about 200 million people, we would have been in trouble when COVID-19 struck and affected the economy.”
He said Nigeria can achieve more with help in the area of investments, particularly in agriculture.
“Buhari said farmers in the country are receptive to modern agricultural systems, adding, “we have the land, we have the people, capital input is what we need.”
The Queen in her statement commended, “the huge effort” made by Nigeria to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, saying; “you spent a great part of your GDP.”
She said she had a huge commitment to Nigeria, “and will want to accompany her to do more. You won’t be alone. We will be there along with other partners.”
The Queen said agriculture was music to her ears, being the daughter of a former Minister of Agriculture, and her biggest plea would be for Nigeria to make infrastructure available so that investors and aid donors can access areas beyond the major cities.
“We need roads, railways and digital financial inclusion for farmers. The government needs to digitize all payments,” she said