Kebbi state Governor Atiku Bagudu, and the Chairman, Presidential Taskforce on Rice and Wheat Production, has assured Nigerians of President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to ensure rice availability and affordability.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bagudu gave the assurance when he spoke to newsmen after meeting with the Rice Distributors Association of Nigeria and the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday.
According to Bagudu, from the contributions of all the stakeholders, it is apparent that what Nigerians want is actually not about making subsidy available for rice production. He said that making rice affordable and accessible such that Nigerian produced rice could be as competitive as those of the imported ones was the yearning of Nigerians.
The governor explained that the stakeholders were patriotic and interested in selling Nigerian produced rice because it is nutritious and will help to provide employment for the Nigerian populace