Possibly worried by the news making the rounds that Nigerian is likely to face famine come 2017, Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has advised the federal government to take very urgent and proactive measures capable of averting the challenge.
Tambuwal, who insisted that, he cannot explain why Nigeria chooses to ban importation of grains, especially rice via the landed borders, advised that exportation of grains from the nation at this material time is counter productive.
Speaking in Isa local government when the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) Godwin Emifele flagged off 2017 Dry Season Wheat Farming in Sokoto state, Tambuwal opined that, massive exportation of grains from Nigeria portends great dangers to the nations future food security.
Tamnuwal, therefore advised the FG to stop the export of food items to neighbouring countries, especially through the land border and come up with emergency plans to purchase excess grains from the farmers so as to boost grains reservoir in all parts of the country.
“I keep wondering why we have to ban import of food, especially rice, from the land border but allow massive export of our food commodity to neighbouring countries.
“Considering our population, we must take measures that will enhance food security in our country,” Tamnuwal advised.
Speaking while declaring the anchor borrower scheme open in Sokoto, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, stressed that diversification from over dependence on oil to non-oil revenue source is the surest way out for the ccountry.
According to him, Nigeria would soon be self sufficient in food production despite challenges.
CBN Governor divulged that, the journey to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production, especially rice is already being realized.
“This is where the country can feed itself and even have surplus for exports,” CBN Governor noted.
He maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari has good plans for the country amongst which include efforts to diversify the nation’s economy from heavy dependence on oil revenue.
On this note, Emiefele admonished Nigerians to commend PMB for allowing CBN initiate the Anchor Borrower Scheme aimed at supporting agriculture
In their separate remarks, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, said the anchor borrowers’ scheme will transform the agricultural sector in the country.