President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday boasted that despite the decline in the country’s GDP, his administration has recorded some “notable achievements” within the last five years.
The President cited the agricultural sector which he said has continued to grow despite the damaging impact of the coronavirus pandemic because of his regime’s targeted policies.
Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the President spoke at a meeting of the National Food Security Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The statement was titled “Despite COVID-19, we’ve been able to avert food crisis, says President Buhari.”
Adesina, who relayed the President’s speech during the meeting, said that the coronavirus pandemic revealed the level of preparedness of nations to the sudden challenge of food security.
According to Adesina, Buhari held that the Federal Government’s wisdom in promoting self-sufficiency over the years played a huge contributory role in averting an imminent food crisis.
He also emphasized the need for more efforts to increase food production and self-sufficiency, assuring that the Federal Government will continue to promote policies that favour investments in the agricultural sector.
The President, “The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated more than any event in recent history how countries must strive harder to protect food systems.
“It has also exposed the limits of dependency on other countries.
“In the last five years, we have recorded notable achievements. Despite the decline in GDP by 6.1 per cent in Q2 of 2020 as a direct result of coronavirus, the agricultural sector continued to grow because of government targeted policies.’’