The United States ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, on Monday, April 16, urged Nigerians to focus on how to make their country better by investing in the resources that abound in Nigeria.
He said that tapping into the country’s resources and investing in them would improve the economy. He gave the advice when he paid a courtesy visit to the director-general of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.
According to the ambassador, Nigeria is blessed with a lot of human and natural resources that could boost the country’s economy if well harnessed.
READ ALSO: EFCC recovers N216m From “Swiss Golden”
“Nigeria is filled with places, creatures of beauty; the citizens should appreciate God’s blessings in the country and guard the resources jealously. Every Nigerian should think of no other thing than what can be done to improve Nigeria and make it better,” he said.
He also said that IITA’s research initiatives were highly commendable, especially in the development of agriculture in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Earlier, the IITA director-general, Dr Nteranya Sanginga, had noted that the institute plays a vital role in revitalising agriculture in Africa.
“For instance, 86 per cent of cassava planted in Nigeria originate from IITA; it’s a pity that Nigeria spends a lot of money importing what we can produce in the country," he said.
Sanginga also said IITA engages youths in agriculture through its agri-prenuer programme, urging Nigeria to improve its agriculture sector in order to attract youths into farming.
“We need to change the mindset of Nigerians about agriculture; there is need to make agriculture a business and not just a hobby," he said.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration has implemented several programmes and initiatives to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
He made the disclosure on Saturday, February 24, at the 22nd convocation ceremony of the University of Abuja. Buhari who was represented by the deputy executive secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Chinedu Mafiano, also urged youths to key into any of the programmes for national growth and development, The Nation reports.
List President Buhari's achievements in two years on NAIJ.com TV