Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello on Thursday said the country require a vibrant agricultural sector if we are to achieve a hunger-free nation.
The Governor said this in his welcome address at the official commissioning of the N50 billion Sunti Golden Sugar Estates, a subsidiary of Flour Mills Nigeria Plc in Kudu, Mokwa Local Government area of Niger State.
Governor Sani-Bello noted that the country also need the sector to help drive income growth, accelerates food security, and generates employment for our youthful population.
He however said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has changed the narratives, thereby placing the country on the right path through the aggressive agricultural policies and programmes initiated since assumption of office.
The governor however commended the commitment, leadership and clear vision of the President in ensuring that the country toe the right path of economic and industrial growth.
He noted that the commissioning of the plant was yet another victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration of President Buhari.
“Today, Your Excellency, we celebrate yet another victory of your administration as you formally commission this iconic project”.Sani-Bello said.
He also commended the foresight of the promoters of the Sunti Golden Sugar Estates in establishing the estate in the state. He expressed optimism that the plant will contribute in no small way in creating jobs, and for the economic upliftment of not just the people of Niger state, but Nigerians as one united people.
The governor therefore invited other prospective investors to the State, assuring them of government fully committed to giving the required attention and support to all would be investors in the Agricultural Value Chain.
According to the governor, “we are focused on building a governance structure that engenders good governance, transparency, accountability and an investor-friendly environment. Let me assure all investors that we will continue to act as an independent and just arbiter in all matters that have to do with apprehension by local communities and other stakeholders”.