Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun State and the current Senator representing Ogun East, has emphasized the importance of Nigerians returning to farming to increase food production and combat hunger in the nation.
During the flag-off of a training program for rice farmers at Asoludero Court in Sagamu, Ogun State, Sen. Daniel expressed President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to revitalizing the agricultural sector and ensuring greater food sufficiency across the country.
The Senator revealed that the Tinubu administration has a strong dedication to transforming Nigeria into one of the leading global rice producers.
Furthermore, as part of the event, approximately 100 participants received complimentary rice seedlings and fertilizers.
In his speech, Daniel recognized the significant potential that Nigeria possesses in terms of rice cultivation and production.
The lawmaker encouraged Nigerians to persist in their support for the current administration as it addresses the numerous challenges faced by the nation. They emphasized the importance of providing relief and assistance to the citizens during these trying times.
“God has been so good to us in Nigeria. We have a lot of potential. Before the advent of oil, agriculture was the mainstay of our economy. But somehow, we neglected agriculture, which has 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 program, 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.