The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and Fertilizers Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN), on Wednesday night time, donated the sum of N1.77 billion to fund the re-election marketing campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari within the forth coming elections in 2019.
They made the announcement throughout a Gala Evening organised by beneficiaries of the federal government’s Anchor Debtors Programme held on the State Home Convention Middle, Abuja.
President of RIFAN, Aminu Goronyo, stated with a membership of about 12.2 million and with every member donating N100 to the marketing campaign, it can translate to N1.2 billion.
President of FEPSAN, Thomas Etuh, on his half, introduced that FEPSAN is contributing N570 million to the re-election bid of the president.
They each testified to how the Programme has modified the fortunes of the agriculture sector, which they described as unprecedented empowerment Programme.
Goronyo stated aside from the rising progress within the sector, the President’s insurance policies have additionally resulted in financial savings of billions of naira for the nation.
In response to him, “all these achievements are out of your commitments and favorable insurance policies to agriculture.” Etuh, on his half stated N120 billion was saved in two years from fertilizer subsidy.
President Buhari, famous that statistics from the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have confirmed that his administration’s insurance policies are yielding outcomes. He stated he inherited, “A damaged system within the agricultural sector in 2015”.
“Seeing your faces and listening to your tales give me hope. At the moment, we’re on monitor to reaching an all inclusive financial system”.
In the meantime, President Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement to begin the restocking of all its Strategic Grains Reserves nationwide.
He stated the directive had turn into crucial following the completion of a complete survey on damages completed to farmers and fishing communities within the riverine areas because of flood catastrophe.
He stated the report indicated that over 160,000 farmers and extra 70,000 fishermen had been affected by the catastrophe.
“For about three months the Nationwide Meals Safety Council working with the Nationwide Emergency Administration Company carried out complete survey of the farmers, fishermen and livestock homeowners affected by the flood catastrophe,” he stated.
The President, who was honoured on the occasion with an award of excellence for his administration’s favorable coverage that had impacted positively on the nation’s agricultural sector, pledged that each one the affected individuals could be compensated to cushion their hardship.
He thanked the organisers of the occasion, and warranted that the federal authorities would proceed to implement insurance policies and programmes meant to uplift the usual of dwelling of the Nigerian farmers in addition to enhance meals sufficiency within the nation.
The Governor of the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, (CBN), Godwin Emefuele stated the Anchor Debtors programme launched on the November, 17, 2015 has resulted within the saving of $800 million.
He stated import payments earlier than the introduction of the programme was as excessive as N1.four trillion yearly, including that the programme has been created 2.5 million jobs from rice farming alone.
The CBN governor who described the programme as probably the most profitable anchor programme in Africa, added that “It has raised the usual of our farmers.
“The programme is altering the narrative of agricultural investments in Nigeria.
“It has introduced the period of meals safety and sustenance resulting in a minimize in foreign exchange getting used for importation of rice and different meals objects into the nation,” he stated.
Emefiele acknowledged the programme had obtained assist from stakeholders throughout the nation together with state governors.
The CBN governor revealed that the financial institution was additionally in partnership with different commodity associations who had been working to scale back importation payments and to create jobs.
The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, on his half stated the programme “has moved Nigeria up the ladder of Rice producers in Africa.”
The governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, who’s the Vice Chairman of the nationwide meals safety council, famous that the President has proven unprecedented commitments to agriculture growth in Nigeria.
He thanked the President for organising the nationwide meals safety council. He stated Nigeria is on the trail of taking over the world.
Dignitaries on the gala night time included the Nationwide Chief of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar.
Additionally on the event had been the APC Nationwide Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Chief of Employees to the President, (COS), Abba Kyari, amongst others.