Nigeria will soon stop all forms of food importation, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has assured. Onu, who spoke in Bayelsa State at the weekend when he paid a familiarisation visit to the Biotechnology and Resource Development Centre (BIODEC), Odi, said the President strongly believes that Nigeria has the capacity to attain self-sufficiency in food production.
According to him: “One legacy President Muhammadu Buhari wants to be remembered for is to ensure that the Nigerian state produces enough food resources to feed herself without depending on other nations for food security. “President Buhari strongly believes that if a country like China with a population of over 1.4 billion can provide food security for her citizens through mechanised farming, Nigeria with less than 200 million people could do same.”
Onu toured the centre with the Director-General of the Biotechnology Development Agency (BDA), Prof. Lucy Ogbadu and Director of BIODEC, Odi who is also the Coordinating Director, NABDA, Josiah Habu