President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Daura, Katsina State lauded the nation’s farmers for the record production of rice and other food commodities, expressing satisfaction that the agricultural policies of the administration are working to good effect.
A statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said Buhari revealed that his administration had taken various decisions including the closure of land borders for two years for the benefit of farmers who were the driving force of the rural economy, expressing happiness that these had worked well for the nation.
President Buhari while speaking to the elected Local Government Council chairmen from Katsina state who visited him during the Sallah festival said: “I have a good understanding of the country and its people.
“That is why we instituted those agricultural policies. I said we must grow what we eat and eat what we grow.
“This is a country that was once dependent on foreign rice. We closed the border to foreign rice.
“I said why can’t we eat Nigerian rice, and with the policies put in place; Nigerians are eating homegrown rice.”
Buhari also played up the successful implementation of the Treasury Single Account, TSA saying the money had been saved from unscrupulous government officials.
“I found a tough man (Hamid Ali) for the job at the Customs. One day, he came and told me that they had intercepted 20 fuel tankers about to cross the border. I immediately gave him the order to sell the fuel and the tankers and put the money in TSA.
“Prior to this time, that money would have found its way to the numerous mysterious ‘government’ accounts, Buhari averred.
The statement stated that Alhaji Ya’u Umar Gojo-Gojo, the Commissioner of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, who led the council chairmen suggested that the agricultural policies of the administration be made into law to ensure continuity under the all-incoming administrations.
Aligning with the Commissioner, President Buhari said such good policies will commend themselves to any government.