- Audu Ogbeh paid a visit to Governor Aregbesola of Osun state
- He said the visit was to strengthen the relationship between the agriculture ministry and the state
- He said importation of rice will end in December
Chief Audu Ogbeh who is the minister of agriculture and rural development has revealed that Nigeria’s importation of rice will end in December.
Daily Trust reports that the minister spoke in Osogbo, Osun state capital when he visited Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the governor of the state on a courtesy visit.
Ogbeh said Nigeria had embarked on mass rice production noting it is unfortunate that Nigeria is still spending billions of dollars on food importation.
He said the ministry of agriculture has been restructured so as to meet Nigeria’s food demand.
Ogbeh said the visit was to strengthen the relationship between Osun state government and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
He said: "By December this year, we will stop importation of rice into the country. It is a pity that as a nation we spend about five million dollars on the importation of rice on a daily basis.
"We have no choice in this country now but to get back to go back to farm and begin to cultivate it so as to be able to free ourselves and the land from poverty because oil and gas can no longer do it.
"Our dreams of big foreign exchange earnings must stop and its a pity that all our revenue is being spent to service debts.”
In his response, Aregbesola noted that his government has touched every agricultural aspect of the country as he said it has what it takes to deliver the country from economic problem.
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Meanwhile, the government of Muhammadu Buhari commenced the distribution of foodstuff to villages in Ran Kala Balge local government area of Borno state.
NAIJ.com learnt that this door-to-door distribution of foodstuff is being handled by the government through the Presidential Emergency Food intervention.
Borno is one of the northeastern states heavily hit by Boko Haram insurgents responsible for the death of thousands of citizens.
Photographs by Inside Arewa News show the distribution of the foodstuff being carried out in the local government.
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