Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his desire to emulate Vietnam style Agriculture, which has become a major goal of his administration – to motivate Nigerians to produce excess food for the nation, through programmes and initiatives.
In a statement released on Tuesday, August 9, in Abuja by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari said the priority accorded agriculture in his administration was primarily to achieve food self-sufficiency, economic revival and jobs’ creation.
The president also informed during a farewell meeting with Mr. Hoang Ngoc Ho, the out-going Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the State House, Abuja, that Nigeria will continue to work in coalition with pioneer countries to re-orient Nigerians towards their active involvement in the sector. He said:
“We are hoping to motivate fellow Nigerians to work hard in this regard. We will continue to work closely with other countries to re-orient Nigerians towards their active involvement in the sector.
“We believe that the impressive agricultural developmental strides achieved by countries such as Vietnam, especially after the 1975 war, will be replicated here.”
Speaking on Vietnam’s progress so far on agricultural sector, Prsident Buhari congratulated Vietnam for choosing the right prioties that had led the country to feed herself and feed the world.
“Your country deserves to be congratulated on this achievement,” he added.
In response, the Ambassador expressed satisfaction with the growth in relations recorded between his country and Nigeria during his tenure. He, particularly, cited the cooperation with several Nigerian states in the area of agriculture, which he said was producing “excellent results.”
Mr. Ho said his country was ready to play a big role in the economic diversification schemes of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.