* Optimistic nation will become major exporter of food
Deji Elumoye in Abuja
President Bola Tinubu has declared that his administration is revolutionizing agriculture towards making Nigeria self-sufficient in food production and a net exporter of agricultural products.
Speaking on Sunday while playing host to a delegation from the Global Tijaniyya Movement, led by Khalifa Muhammad Mahe Niass at the State House in Abuja, the president outlined plans to bolster agricultural productivity through various initiatives, including the expansion of farmlands, the provision of low-interest loans to farmers, and significant investments in irrigation infrastructure.
According to him, “Nigeria will become a net-exporter of food. We are bringing thousands of tractors. Food production will be greatly expanded through aggressive mechanization. We must be productive as a people. That is the Sunnah and the principles I grew up understanding.”
On health care, President Tinubu said: “We are dedicated to equipping hospitals with modern equipment, providing healthcare professionals with training and ensuring social welfare for every citizen, including comprehensive health insurance coverage.”
He said his administration will support plans and efforts to give ease and succour to Hajj pilgrims.
The president emphasized the importance of spiritual endeavours in nation-building, underscoring his administration’s commitment to supporting religious activities.
He emphasised the need for collaboration between political and spiritual leaders to advance the nation’s interests and promote unity among the people.
President Tinubu thanked the Global Tijaniyya Movement for their support and prayers, emphasizing the importance of collective efforts in building a better Nigeria.
Earlier in his address, Khalifa of Tijaniyya, Sheikh Mahe Niass, while speaking on behalf of the delegation, commended President Tinubu for his unwavering commitment to Nigeria’s peace, progress and stability.
He expressed confidence in the president’s leadership and conveyed the fervent support and prayers of members of the Global Tijaniyya Movement to the Nigerian leader.
During the visit, the delegation offered prayers for the nation’s progress, unity and prosperity, and for Almighty Allah to grant President Tinubu wisdom, strength and success.