The Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, said Nigerians would benefit from the border closure policy adopted by the Federal Government.
Baba-Shehuri said this while fielding questions from newsmen in Maiduguri. He described the measure as a right decision that would be of great benefits to Nigerians in view of its positive impacts on social and economic development of country.
The minister noted that Nigeria as a country could not continue to rely on importation of food commodities to feed its estimated 200 million population. Stressing that the measure would boost local production and create jobs for more youths and women in the country.
According to him, available statistics indicates that Nigeria consumes 30 per cent of total food importations in Africa, while over 50 per cent of the food importation to Cameroun, Ghana, Benin, Chad and Niger Republics, targets Nigerian markets.
Baba-Shehuriemphasised the need for Nigerians to understand the motive behind government’s decisions, adding that the measure was in the interest of the country. He then called on Nigerians to support government’s policies and programmes for sustainable social and economic development.
Dandal Kura radio international reports that the minister inaugurated the maiden Northeast Farmer Help Line Center in Maiduguri as part of his two-day working visit to Borno state.
The minister had also visited the Lake Chad Research Institute, and the temporary site of the Federal College of Freshwater and Fishery Technology, Baga. He also visited Maiduguri GSM market where he donated N5 million to the victims of the recent fire incident in the market.