In pursuing the agenda of the Federal Government to diversify the economy, both Kebbi and Lagos state governments have recently signed a Mou on agricultural commodity value chain.
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, at the weekend said the future of Nigeria rests in the agreement both states entered into, with a view to collaborate using their comparative advantages to increase the cultivation and processing of rice and agricultural products in the country.
Ambode said the partnership with Kebbi was a follow-up to what Lagos State believed was the future of Nigeria. “We believe we should be able to feed ourselves and Kebbi State being the largest producer of rice and Lagos being the largest consumer, we thought we could synergize to reduce the importation of rice in the country. The future of Nigeria lies in this agreement,” he said.
The Lagos State Governor also mentioned that the agreement would open up employment opportunities and food security. Also, he is optimistic that the relationship would boost the economy of the two states and increase Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar A. Bagudu said, “Agricultural development partnerships are key in the economic revival for Kebbi, Lagos and the nation.”