Muhammad Buhari promises to ban importation of Rice, Tomato, etc

February 3, 2015 1:04 pm

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammad
Buhari, on Monday declared that if he is voted in as President on
February 14, 2015, he would ban the importation of basic items like
rice, tomato in order to enhance local production of the products for
the good of Nigerians.

He also said his administration would focus on agriculture, mining,
infrastructure and job provision at the top of its economic agenda.

Buhari gave a summary of how he would revive the economy in a meeting
with Organised Private Sector in Lagos. He said his government would
place emphasis on security, corruption, economy.

“How can be importing virtually everything? How can we be
importing even tomatoes? If I am elected, basic items like rice and
tomatoes, which we have the capacity to produce, will be banned from
being imported,” Buhari said.

The APC presidential candidate said his commitment to the Nigerian
people would be governed by the highest consideration for how his
policies would create jobs.

He also said he would focus on the provision of infrastructure such as power and roads.

Buhari, who said he agreed with the current administration on the
privatisation of the power utilities, however, said there would be a
need to also privatise the transmission segment.

According to him, the privatisation of the power sector has yet to
achieve the desired result because after the handing over of the assets
to private investors, the hard work to connect the various parts of the
power chain, supply gas, install transformers and complete substations
has not been done.

He added, “Our studies show that we will require no less than 200,000
trained personnel to support the initiative to provide power and light
up Nigeria.

“Apart from the inherent direct employment that this will give, the
reduction in the cost of production, the savings from self-generation by
Nigerians, who currently spend a lot of their income on purchase of
diesel and petrol to generate their own electricity, will reduce the
burden on their disposable income.”

The meeting, which had key members of the APC in attendance, was hosted by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.

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