Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said Agriculture is an integral part of the country’s plan for sustainable economic growth and development.
He made the remark during a meeting with a group of Nigerian and Mexican agro-business interests at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Heineken Lokpobiri, who led a Mexican agro-business concern, the San Carlos Group and their Nigerian partner, Wells Farm, from Edo State, to Aso Rock.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Segun Awolowo (Jnr), was also at the meeting.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said: “President Buhari has said it repeatedly that agriculture and solid minerals, especially agriculture is our economic way out. This is the President’s vision, and our job-the rest of us- is to look for ways to get that dream actualized.”
Buhari, he said, is ready to support the agricultural plans in any way necessary. He assured that the federal government will ensure conducive customs and immigration policies including tariffs in order to attain the vision.
Osinbajo said that was the reason the President set-up the Presidential Council on the Ease of Doing Business to attract local and foreign investors.
“There is no doubt in which direction we should go. Agriculture is in the forefront and we do realise the urgency of the moment and the importance of getting things done quickly,” he added.