Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun State and the current senator for Ogun East, has called on his countrymen to return to farming in order to feed the hungry.
In addition, Daniel reaffirmed that President Bola Tinubu is committed to revitalizing agriculture to increase food security.
His remarks were made on Monday at the Asoludero Court in Sagamu, Ogun State, at the beginning of a training session for rice growers.
The Tinubu administration, the senator said, is dedicated to making Nigeria a global leader in rice production.
Around a hundred people attended the event, and they all received free rice seeds and fertilizers.
Daniel stated that there is “great potential” for the country to increase its rice production.
The congressman reflected on agriculture’s historic role as the backbone of the economy, and he emphasized the importance of getting people interested in farming again to meet domestic and international demand.
He urged his countrymen to back the current government as it works to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians and address the many problems the country faces.
In Nigeria, God has truly blessed us. Our possibilities are vast. Agriculture supported our economy before the discovery of oil. However, despite having enough land, we have failed to prioritize agricultural development.
I’d like to implore us to get back to farming. After this program, we expect you to plant these seedlings and become prosperous rice producers. Let us start growing rice and turn Nigeria into a major rice exporter, he said.
National Productivity Centre Director-General Dr. Nasir Raji-Mustapha has said that rice production is the “new oil” for the country’s economy.
Raji-Mustapha urged the attendees to return the organizers’ kindness even though he was not present at the seminar. Mrs. Linda Bitrus was Raji-Mustapha’s representative.