NEWS POLITICAL GIST SOCIETY GIST BUHARI SAYS IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET 100 MILLION NIGERIANS OUT OF THEIR POVERTY CYCLE, URGES MORE SYNERGY FOR SUCCESS By Admin Posted on 2 weeks ago 3 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin By Aishat Momoh. O. President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday in Suduje-Daura, Katsina State, that his vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years can be realized with more collaboration between the government and the people, as well as diligence in diversifying the economy, with agriculture as the backbone. President Buhari, who commissioned the first National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) Integrated Farm Estate in Suduje-Daura, noted that the economy’s reliance on oil had become a drag over the years, with unpredictable and fluctuating global prices making it more difficult to plan budgets, implement, and measure outcomes. The President stated that agriculture will continue to be the backbone of the Nigerian economy, as the country already has a competitive advantage due to favorable weather conditions for crop and livestock farming, available manpower and willingness to learn new skills, and suitable soil types for all-year farming. “I would like to reaffirm my belief that lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is a realistic goal. The country is well-endowed with favorable weather, fertile soil, human and material resources, and the determination of all hardworking youths to make a difference. “We can and will accomplish it,” says the group. With all the obstacles in oil production and fluctuating world prices, there will be no excuse to stay a mono-economy when there are tremendous prospects in agriculture and livestock production,” he stated. President Buhari stated that in a globalized world, the competitive edge of the economy is more important for relevance, and Nigeria will always play a leadership position in agriculture, given its long expertise in crop cultivation, animal husbandry, and, more recently, a growing young enthusiasm.