• President Buhari warns against food importation
Written by Morenike Adebayo on March 18, 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday warned against the continued importation of food to Nigeria, which he said could expose the country to more “external shocks”.
He noted that the unbridled importation of food contributed to the depletion of Nigeria’s foreign reserves and deprived citizens of job opportunities.
Buhari was speaking at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja while receiving the new Bulgarian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Vesselin Blagoer Delcher. He pledged that his administration will vigorously implement policies that will revive the nation’s agricultural sector and reposition it as the mainstay of the economy.
The President assured that his administration will do all it can to ensure that Nigeria becomes self-sufficient in food production.
The President said administration would also help and encourage Nigerian farmers to adopt modern technology-driven methods that guarantee higher production and returns on investment.
Buhari also received Mr Paul Lehmann, the new High Commissioner of Australia, Hajiya Afsatu Olayinka Ebiso-Kabba, the new High Commissioner of Sierra-Leone and Thordur Aegir Oskarsson the new Ambassador of Iceland.
The president told the envoys that Nigeria would welcome the further strengthening of relations with their countries, especially in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals and trade.
He wished the envoys, who were at the Presidential Villa to present their letters of credence to him, very successful tenures in Nigeria