The Rice Farmers Association of
Nigeria (RIFAN) and Fertilisers
Producers and Suppliers
Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN)
have donated a sum of N1.77 billion to fund the President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign for rerun election in 2019.
These donations were announced
Wednesday night during a Gala
Night organised by beneficiaries of
the government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Both groups commended Mr Buhari for the improvement via empowerment of farmers he brought into the agriculture sector.
Announcing the donation of N1.2
billion on behalf of rice farmers, the president of RIFAN, Aminu Goronyo, said apart from the line increasing progress in the sector, the president’s policies have also resulted in savings of billions of naira for the country.
Mr Goronyo said RIFAN has membership of about 12.2 million and that each member will donate
N100 to the campaign which translates to N1.2 billion.
Mr Goronyo said more fertilisers were made available to them easily in the last three years.
“All these achievements are from your commitments and favorable policies to agriculture,” he said.
Similarly, president of Fertilisers Producers and Supplies Association
of Nigeria, Thomas Etuh, said N120
billion was saved in two years
from fertiliser subsidy.
He then announced that FEPSAN is contributing N570 million to the re-election bid of the president.
While exprwsding gratitude over these donations, the president stated that the statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is a confirmation that his administration’s policies are yielding results.
He said he inherited “a broken system in the agricultural sector in 2015.”
“Seeing your faces and hearing your stories give me hope. Today, we are on track to achieving an all-inclusive economy.”
At the event, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, said the Anchor Borrowers programme launched on November 17, 2015, has resulted in the saving of $800 million.
Mr Emefiele said import bills before the
introduction of the programme was as high as N1.4 trillion annually.
He also added that the anchor borrowers programme has been creating jobs and wealth for the teeming population.
Furthermore, he revealed 2.5 million jobs have been created from rice farming alone.
He also said the anchor borrowers programme of the Buhari administration is the most successful anchor programme in Africa.
“It has raised the standard of our farmers,” he said.
Also, the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, said the programme “has moved Nigeria up the ladder of rice producers in Africa.”
On his part, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku
Bagudu, who is the Vice Chairman of the
National Food Security Council, noted that the president has shown unprecedented commitments to agriculture development in Nigeria.
He thanked the president for setting up the council. He said Nigeria is on the path of taking
on the world.