Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal says closer collaboration among all stakeholders and regional integration are key ingredients for the expansion and sustenance of agricultural activities in the North West geo-political zone of the country.
Speaking in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria in an interview with newsmen during a meeting of the governors of the region on agric action plan, Tambuwal said working together will ensure access to finance, and improvement of infrastructure that will support the sector.
The meeting, coordinated by the Usman Bugaje-led Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), had presentations from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture, Sassakawa Global 2000 and the Nigerian Export and Import Bank.
Tambuwal stated that Northwest has competitive advantage in key areas and will seek to exploit it for the development of the region and its people.
“In Sokoto, we have advantage with cash crops like wheat, rice, tomato and onions. Others have such advantages with crops like ginger, cotton, maize and other cereal crops”, he explained.
“So when we tap all these resources together, pool investment and promote avenues of access to finance, the sector will be transformed and its real value will come to the fore”, the Governor added.
Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari said plans are underway to transform the region and make it economically independent.
He said Agricultural structures would be put in place to actualise the dreams of the people of the region.
“During the meeting, the financial Institutions briefed us on ways that will ensure access to finance, and improvement of infrastructure in order to support the sector”, Masari added.
The host, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El- Rufai disclosed that the meeting received a report from the committee of experts set up to study how to revive the economy of the region and to also boost the sector for the benefit of the masses.
” Being APC governors in the seven Northwestern region, we made a commitment to President Buhari in fulfilling our promises and also make a difference by making contributions to improve on the Nation’s economy”, he said.
The meeting which is the second, discussed basically on the Agricultural sector and its revival in the Northwestern region.
Governors Tambuwal, Aminu Masari of Katsina, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, the host Governor, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, and deputy governor of Zamfara, Ibrahim Wakkala, attended the meeting.
They were joined by their Commissioners of Agriculture, Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Agricultural services.