The Federal Government has said many neighbouring countries asked Nigeria for food during the lockdown occasioned by coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known on sunday during an interactions with Journalist .
The minister, who spoke on the COVID-19 Economic Sustainability Plan recently submitted by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to the President Muhammadu Buhari said the plan contains diverse measures to fortify the Nigerian economy against any shock brought by the pandemic.
Fashola said that it is part of their Economic Sustainability Plan to increase the cultivatable lands in the country as they are currently cultivating just about one-third and I stand to be corrected on that figure.
He also said that the minister of agriculture knows the numbers more than him but he knew that Nigeria is not cultivating enough lands but now they want to double cultivation.
He added that because of the success of the agriculture programme which is still evolving, during this COVID exercise, many countries were writing to us from near and far, asking us to please supply them food T but President Buhari tell them to wait.
He further said that they must feed their people first before they send out food and they don’t know when is going to end.
The former governor of Lagos State also noted that the National Housing Project which started in 2016 is still ongoing.