President Buhari meets with the Dutch Queen and discusses agricultural reform
President Muhammadu Buhari met with Her Majesty, Maxima Zorreguieta, Queen of the Netherlands, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA, on Wednesday, during which he stated that Nigeria was fully aware of its limits and hence prioritized infrastructure supply.
“Because development would be constrained without infrastructure, we prioritized the construction of roads, rail, and power. We have a thorough strategy in place, and we are doing everything we can,” the president stated.
He went on to say that, despite being an oil exporter, the country was limited by a lack of resources, and that with greater financial resources, infrastructure projects would be expedited.
President Buhari told the queen, who last visited Nigeria in 2017, that there would be many differences if she returned.
In terms of agriculture, the president stated that Nigeria’s borders with certain neighbouring nations had been blocked to encourage farmers, “and consume what we raise.” People returned to the country, which greatly aided us. We provided fertilizer and resurrected dams, and it all paid off beautifully. Otherwise, with a population of over 200 million people, we would have been in big trouble when COVID-19 struck and harmed the economy.”
He stated that, like Oliver Twist, Nigeria might benefit from increased investment, particularly in agriculture.
“We have the land, we have the people; what we need is financial input,” President Buhari said, adding that Nigerian farmers were open to new methods of doing things, particularly in terms of reducing post-harvest waste.
Queen Zorreguieta praised Nigeria for its “big effort” in combating the Coronavirus outbreak, adding, “you invested a significant portion of your GDP.”
She stated that she had a strong devotion to Nigeria and that she would want to join her to accomplish more. You will not be alone. We will be present, as will other partners.”
Being the daughter of a former Minister of Agriculture, the queen said agriculture was music to her ears, and her biggest request would be for Nigeria to build infrastructure so that investors and aid donors can visit places outside of large cities.
“Roads, trains, and digital financial inclusion for farmers are all required. “All payments must be digitized by the government,” she stated.
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