Osinbajo Meets with Governors, Ministers Over Rice Production in Nigeria

The Nation reports that the meeting concerned the Presidential Task Force on Rice and Wheat, but that it held behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, February 20.

The report quoted the Kebbi state governor, Bagudu Atiku Abubakar, as saying that the forum reviewed the wheat and rice programme of the country.

It also discussed how to support states to increase wheat production.

He said: “This is the meeting of Presidential Task Force on Rice and Wheat and we reviewed the wheat programme and what we can do more to support states in order to increase production of wheat.

“The meeting is to ensure that our farmers who had responded to the call are supported in terms of getting good price for their output.

“We reviewed where we are with rice production. The acting president noted with satisfaction all the efforts of the different stakeholders to attain food sufficiency in the shortest possible time.

“The acting president assured the meeting that the federal government will continue to support the drive towards food self-sufficiency.

“He said the government will support the farmers, the millers and other stakeholders involved in the value change‎.”

Meanwhile, yesterday, February 21, 2017 the President wrote to Nigerians that the rest is needed following the results from the series of medical tests he carried out in the United Kingdom where he is on vacation.

The President, who noted that he is staying longer than expected in the UK, reportedly stated this in a four-paragraph statement through his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

The Punch reports that the president thanked Nigerians for their prayers, good wishes and support adding that there was no cause to be troubled.

“President Muhammadu Buhari thanks millions of Nigerians who have been sending good wishes and praying for his health and well-being in mosques and churches throughout the country.

“The President is immensely grateful for the prayers, show of love and concern.

“President Buhari wishes to reassure Nigerians that there is no cause for worry. 

“During his normal annual checkup, tests showed he needed a longer period of rest, necessitating the President staying longer than originally planned,” he said.

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