- Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote told investors that Africa will become the food basket of the world
- Dangote also said there need to create 12 million jobs in Africa and five of them must soon be created in Nigeria
- He, however, urged the federal government of the country to take agriculture as its top priority
Aliko Dangote, the Africa’s richest man, at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States of America (USA) said Africa will become the food basket of the world.
Daily Trust reports that Dangote said agriculture should be the focus of Nigerian government, as well as gas and minerals, in an effort to diversify the economy.
According to him, "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world.
''We should pray that oil prices remain low. This helps wean us off the dependency on revenues from petroleum. We must take oil to be the icing on the cake.
"We should pray that oil prices remain low. This helps wean us off the dependency on revenues from petroleum. We must take oil to be the icing on the cake. We already have the cake.
''We already have the cake. Five of the 12 million jobs needed in Africa soon must be created in Nigeria.
''Technology of course helps us a lot and our factories are state of the art with the use of robotics but we shouldn’t be overly tech oriented to create wealth''.
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Dangote noted that the Rwanda success story where he has business interests as an example of positive change, good governance and leadershi, and where corruption has been cured.
He cited a personal experience of offering a $100 tip for services at the Kigali Airport to staff who refused to take money for work they were paid to do. President Kagame was praised for delivering the environment for growth he promised.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that presidential committee on flood relief and rehabilitaton in which Dangote is the chairman provided N250 million (two hundred and fifty million naira) as relief assistance to victims of the devastating floods in Benue state.
Naij.com TV recently visited Benue state, Nigeria's food basket, to find out how prices of commodities are faring in their markets: