We are working to make agric attractive – President Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan receiving a message from a special envoy of the Australian Prime Minister, Mrs Joanna Hewitt, at the Presidential Villa, on Monday. Photo: STATE HOUSE

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has disclosed that Government is working hard to make agriculture attractive and profitable in order to encourage young educated Nigerians to the sector.

President Jonathan was speaking to Ms. Joanna Hewitt, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Australia, at State House, Monday, April 16.

‘We need to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, and one sure way is to make it attractive and profitable for the young graduates to want to participate in farming’, he stated, adding that Nigeria has the land and favourable climate to be able to produce food for export.

The President welcomed the interest of Australian mining companies in the Nigerian solid minerals sector, as well as the promise of assistance in the development of agriculture by the Special Envoy.

He expressed appreciation to the Australian government for the warm reception accorded the Nigerian delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia, last October.

Earlier, Ms. Joanna Hewitt, Special Envoy of the Australian Prime Minister, said her country was interested in current opportunities to contribute to the development of Nigeria through investments in the mining and agricultural sectors.

She commended President Jonathan for Nigeria’s firm leadership and commitment to the sustenance of constitutional leadership and democracy in West Africa, and assured him of her country’s continued support.

At a different audience, President Jonathan received a delegation from ECOWAS Chairman, President Allasane Outtara of Cote d’Ivoire, with a briefing on the crisis in Mali. The delegation was led by Mr. Adama Bictogo.

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