A former governor of Ogun State and Senator representing Ogun East, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has advised Nigerians to go back to their farms as a means of reducing hunger in the country.
He stated this at the flag-off of a training programme for rice farmers held on Monday at the Asoludero Court, Sagamu, Ogun State.
The lawmaker also assured Nigerians that President Bola Tinubu is committed to revamping the agricultural sector to enhance food sufficiency in the country.
He disclosed that Tinubu plans on making Nigeria one of the top rice producers across the globe.
The event also involved the distribution of free rice seedlings and fertilizers to about 100 participants.
In his speech, Daniel acknowledged the nation’s “great potential” in rice cultivation and production.
He enjoined Nigerians to continue supporting the present administration in its efforts to tackle the myriad of challenges facing the country and provide succour to the citizenry.
“God has been so good to us in Nigeria. We have a lot of potentials. Before the advent of oil, agriculture was the mainstay of our economy. But somehow, we neglected agriculture which have greater prospects with the land we have in abundance.
“I want to plead with us that it is time to return to farming. After this programme, we expect you to plant these seedlings and become successful rice farmers. Let us begin to grow rice and make Nigeria become one of the rice-producing countries in the world,” he said.