I Will Address Farmer/Herders Conflict As Soon As Possible – President Tinubu Promises

by Ohepo Ohepo

According to President Bola Tinubu, abusing previous governments is not something he condones. Speaking on Monday, Tinubu announced the launch of Niger State’s project for agricultural mechanisation and food security. The Niger State government launched the project, which focuses on employing technology to construct large-scale agro-value chains.

President Tinubu highlighted his administration’s commitment to ensuring food sufficiency and safeguarding indigenous industries for sustained economic growth, according to Ajuri Ngelale, the president’s aide in the media. He described the occasion as a further development in his administration’s objective for food security.

“We have seen the level of commitment here. We have seen leadership. The success of any leader will depend on the ability to do what needs to be done when it ought to be done,” the president said.

“It is now time for us to address the challenges and make Nigeria an economy of opportunities. We must care for our people; re-orient our people. I do not see why Nigeria cannot feed all students in its schools. I know what it means for roaming cows to eat crops and the vegetation of our land. I know it is painful.

“But when we re-orient the herder and make provision for cattle rearing, we can address that. You are the governors who are to provide us with land. I, as President, I am committed to providing a comprehensive programme that will solve this problem.”

In addition, Tinubu called on state governments to establish pay awards as an expedient intervention tool to support federal efforts to alleviate citizen burdens while waiting for a hike in the minimum wage.

“I am equally here to partner with you to banish hunger. You are doing the job. And it is necessary for me to support you; it is mandatory as Nigerians,” he said.

“When you read newspapers, some of us are confused about whether to abuse the past or the present or to make excuses for the future. But that is not in my dictionary. I think action now, re-engineer the finances of our country and steer it on the right path.

“The student loan programme will commence. There will be unemployment benefits for our graduates. The social security benefits for the elderly and the vulnerable will commence. We are fine-tuning all of that area. We need to relieve our people of hunger.

“Let all the sub-nationals start paying wage awards, pending when the minimum wage is increased. I am not giving an order; I am only appealing. NEC should adopt this.”

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