President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to bring an end to rice importation in Nigeria this year.
Buhari made the commitment during his nationwide broadcast on Monday morning, in commemoration of the New Year.
“Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy,” he said.
“Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.
“By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector,” he added.
He said the Abuja light rail would soon commence operation, adding that “only test runs remain before start of operations”.
He said, “This train service will stimulate economic activities in the Federal Capital and provide residents with an efficient and safe transportation system.
“Twelve railway sub-stations around the capital over a 45.2 kilometre route will serve as a catalyst and a pull factor to the economy of the area.
“The Light Rail System will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emission in line with the Administration’s policy on climate change.”