Aware of the present harsh economic realities, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said his government was taking pragmatic steps to cushion the effects on Nigerians, assuring that there were better days ahead.
President Buhari He also said his government was creating the necessary infrastructure to make agriculture attractive to foreign investors. The President, who chaired the 8th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium, at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Abuja spoke on the theme of the Colloquium: Agriculture: Action, work, revolution. Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, clocked 64 years and held the event to mark his birthday. Eulogizing him, president Buhari said the former governor had shown commitment and zeal to Nigeria’s growth. He stated that the government would continue to invest in human capital development. “There are very few patriots alive today that can match the commitment, zeal, creativity that Bola Tinubu has demonstrated in his contribution to national growth. “In the coming months, Nigerians will see much more actions. Government will continue to invest substantially in human capital development and this is just the beginning. “We are going to hold ourselves accountable. We will measure results. There will always be some scepticism, some have even become disorientated and impatient enough to think that barriers are insurmountable. “Any one who claims great change is impossible can only look as an ordinary success,” he said. Apparently gauging the enormity of work to be done to better the lots of Nigerians, President Buhari urged all hands to be on deck. “I am declaring that we need a new approach that challenges more states and local governments, more organisations, companies and non-governmental organisations and individuals, some of the younger people, who are here to step up and play a role because government cannot and should not do it alone. All hands should be on deck,” he said. The president, who commended the organizers of the Bola Tinubu Colloquium for the choice of the theme of the event on agriculture, stated that the intention of the government was to create enabling environment that would bring viability on the economic potentials of the private sector.