- Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, made a call for the various dams across the country to be used for all-year farming
- The monarch noted that with the required political commitment, Nigeria has the ability and technical knowledge to feed the entire African continent
- The Sultan also called for the completion of various roads as he declared that the poor state of the roads was affecting smooth economic development of the state and the region
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, on Monday, August 13, called on Nigerians to focus on devolution of ‘dams’ rather than restructuring the country, NAN reports.
Mr. Abubakar made the call at the Niger State Investment Summit in Minna.
The summit which attracted economic experts, industrialists and manufacturers as well as some state Governors across the country, was organized to attract investors in various fields to boost the state’s economy.
He said the nation was blessed with human and mineral resources needed to achieve greatness.
He said the Shiroro Dam in Niger, Goronyo Dam in Sokoto and several others across the country should be used to start all-year farming.
The Sultan said proper utilization of the nation’s dams would enable farmers to produce assorted food crops for both local consumption and export.
He stated: “Rather than the clamor for restructuring the country, emphasis should be on Federal Government releasing dams across the country to state governments for massive participation of Nigerians in all-year farming seasons.
“We have the ability and technical knowledge to feed the continent with what we can produce, with the required political commitment, through the provision of modern farming implements for our teaming farmers.”
He also urged federal government to ensure early completion of the Minna to Suleja road and Ilorin to Kaduna federal roads.
The monarch said the poor condition of the roads was affecting smooth economic development of the state and the region.
He called on the state government to ensure proper analysis and smooth implementation of programmes put forward by individuals and corporate organizations during the summit.
He said Nigeria was one of the best countries in the world with various mineral resources needed to better the lots of the public.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, stated that Nigeria does not need a restructuring of the country to end all of its numerous challenges.
The former NBA boss described the various calls for restructuring as being ‘politically motivated’.
According to Agbakoba, the politicians who are calling for a restructuring of the country are harboring political ambitions towards the 2019 elections.
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