Buhari’s directive on food import: Nigerians react

Some Nigerians are in support of the president, commending him for making Nigerians look inward to consume what is produced in the country, while some feel the nation is not yet ripe to meet the needs of its citizens in terms of food production.

Others feel the directive negates the independence of the apex bank.

President Muhammad Buhari had on Tuesday directed CBN to place forex restriction on imported foods when he hosted APC governors during Eid-el-Kabir in Daura, Katsina State, claiming his administration had achieved food security.

Reacting to the development, Tope Fasua, an economic expert commended Mr. Buhari for giving such directive which he described as the right step in the right direction.

Mr. Fasua urged Mr. Buhari to match his words with action by going beyond pronouncement and ensure full implementation to enable Nigerians to consume what is produced in the country.

The expert lauded the idea but, however, said that the government must make sure that the directive was fully implemented.

Our intervention programs will strengthen the linkage between farmers and agro-processors and manufacturers by ensuring that the output of farmers is purchased by agro-processors and manufacturers.

“This linkage with agro-processors is necessary in order to prove that farmers are creditworthy individuals with bankable contracts.

By: Temitope Adeniram/Nigeria


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