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Business - Economy Updated: May 10, 2024

Nigeria, Saudi Arabia partners to boost agriculture, economic opportunities 

By Maureen Okpe
May 10, 2024
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The Federal Government and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have on Thursday, agreed to strengthen bilateral relations  to explore the huge potentials in Nigeria particularly in the areas of agriculture, trade and economic development.

The two countries made the commitment  at a meeting between a delegation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by its Honourable Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Engr Abdulrahman Alfadley, in Abuja.

Speaking at the meeting , Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Senator Abubakar Kyari explained that Nigeria is endowed with agricultural potential and investment opportunities that if properly harnessed, would boost food production that can feed the entire nation and be exported as well as enhance the economy of the country .

According to him, it was  part of  a deliberate move to achieve food production and explore investment opportunities in the country, that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently met with the  Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia with a follow up meeting being held in Nigeria between the two countries to rekindle  the  earlier commitment .

Also, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation Engr Professor Joseph Terlumun Utsev who highlighted the importance of water for irrigated agriculture, maintained that Nigeria was happy with the partnership and willing to provide all that was  needed to enhance food production in order to achieve the food security drive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration.

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Professor Utsev expressed optimism that the partnership would also  benefit Nigeria in the  area of sanitation and hygiene sector.

Chairman, Nigerian Governor's Forum and Governor of Kwara State Abdullahman Abdullazaq who pointed out that all lands belong to States said, the Nigerian Governors were willing to channel the lands in their care for full  agriculture for consumption and export.

 

 

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