Nigeria on track to attain food security – Tinubu

  • Says FG ’ll partner with states that bring development to their people
  • President quells rumours about his health, strolls from official residence to office

President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, expressed his determination to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production before leaving office.

The President spoke in Niger State during the groundbreaking ceremony for the 84km, N169.7bn Bida-Minna Road construction in the Kakakpagi, Katch Local Government Area of the state.

Tinubu, who was represented by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, promised that the Federal Government would continue to partner with states that bring development to their people.

He said, “For governments at all levels to grow, there must be cordial relationships. The Federal Government will support Niger to ensure that the desired prosperity is derived. Nigeria will be self-sufficient in food production during my administration.

“Road construction will save lives and create avenues for greater economic development.”

The President extolled the first-class traditional ruler and chairman of the Niger State Council of Traditional rulers, the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, for ensuring peace in his domain.

Tinubu said, “As a traditional title holder of Jagaba Borgu since about 20 years ago, I am also a son of Niger and I will be part of anything that will bring development to the people of the state.”

In his remarks, Governor Umaru Bago said the construction of the Bida-Minna Road was a promise fulfilled.

“As encapsulated in our pact with Nigerlites under the New Niger Agenda, this groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of the construction of the 84km standard dual-carriageway with street lights, interchange, and underpass at both ends of the road, a promise fulfilled.

“This project is of paramount economic importance to us as a state. Therefore, the groundbreaking ceremony we are witnessing today is a paradigm shift from the usual lip services of the past.

“This demonstrates our commitment towards building world-class road infrastructure that will endure over time to make Niger a reference point in terms of infrastructure and socio-economic development in Nigeria.

“We are poised to change the negative narratives in line with our ambitious New Niger Agenda,” he said.

President quells rumours about his health, strolls from official residence to office

Also on Thursday, the President officially resumed duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, a day after returning from his overseas trip.

To quell rumors about his health and whereabouts, the Presidency released a video of the President taking a stroll from his official residence to his office, flanked by his security team, Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, and other aides.

The President also hosted the Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, and Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang.

During his two-week trip, Tinubu visited the Netherlands on the invitation of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, met with the Nigerian-Dutch business community, and attended the World Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia, where he engaged with global leaders to attract more investors to Nigeria.

He also made a private visit to Europe before returning to Nigeria on Wednesday.