Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said his administration’s agricultural plan is focused on expanding food production through aggressive mechanised farming and make Nigeria a net food exporting country.
President Tinubu made this known when he hosted a delegation from the Global Tijaniyya Movement, led by Khalifa Muhammad Mahe Niass, at the State House yesterday in Abuja.
The President said his administration was revolutionising agriculture to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production and a net exporter of agricultural products.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, quoted President Tinubu as saying his administration would support plans and efforts to ensure that pilgrims to Saudi Arabia do not face hardship.
The President emphasised the essence of spiritual endeavours in nation-building, underscoring his administration’s commitment to supporting religious activities.
He said there was a need for collaboration between political and spiritual leaders to advance the nation’s interests and promote unity among the people.
Highlighting his administration’s plans for the agriculture and other sectors, President Tinubu outlined plans to bolster agricultural productivity through various initiatives, including the expansion of farmlands, the provision of low-interest loans to farmers, and significant investments in irrigation infrastructure.
“We are dedicated to equipping hospitals with modern equipment, providing healthcare professionals with training, and ensuring social welfare for every citizen, including comprehensive health insurance coverage.
“Nigeria will become a net exporter of food. We are bringing thousands of tractors. Food production will be greatly expanded through aggressive mechanisation.
“We must be productive as a people. That is the Sunnah and the principles I grew up understanding,” he said.
President Tinubu thanked the Global Tijaniyya Movement for their support and prayers, emphasising the importance of collective efforts in building a better Nigeria.
Responding on behalf of the delegation, the Khalifa of Tijaniyya, Sheikh Mahe Niass, hailed President Tinubu for his unwavering commitment to Nigeria’s peace, progress, and stability.
He expressed confidence in the President’s leadership and conveyed the fervent support and prayers of members of the Global Tijaniyya Movement to the Nigerian leader.
During their visit, the delegation offered prayers for the nation’s progress, unity and prosperity, and for Almighty Allah to grant President Tinubu wisdom, strength, and success.