President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday expressed delight that more Nigerians are now getting involved in agriculture.
He said the agricultural sector had witnessed steady and remarkable progress in the last two years, therefore significantly reducing the food import bill of the country.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving Letters of Credence from the Ambassadors of Democratic Republic of Greece, People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Republic of Portugal at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari said the commendable performance in the agricultural sector had further fuelled the government’s effort at repositioning the economy, with more focus on export of commodities.
“We are very busy in the agricultural sector, and more Nigerians are getting involved,” the President reportedly told the Ambassador of the Republic of Bangladesh, Maj.-Gen. Kazi Sharif Kaikoband.
The President said the boom in the agricultural sector had also attracted more people, especially younger Nigerians, to pick interest in farming with long-term plans for large-scale farming and export of products.
In his remark, the Ambassador of Bangladesh commended the President for the courageous steps he has taken in eliminating terrorism in the country.
“We have had the terrorism problem in Bangladesh for more than 36 years. Bangladesh denounces terrorism in all forms irrespective of colour or country,” he said.
Kaikoband said education and sports provide new opportunities for improved relations as more Nigerians in Bangladesh are in schools or in sports, especially football.
The President also received Letters of Credence from Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Greece, Maria Saranto; and Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal, Mr. Anthonio Pedro Da Vinha Da Silva
In separate meetings, the President congratulated the ambassadors on their postings to Nigeria.
He urged them to use the opportunity to explore the potentials of the country and improve the good relations that had been built over the years.