By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed excitement over the agriculture transformation in Jigawa State and commended the rice famers for their immense contribution.
Buhari who was on Tuesday in Dutse to inaugurate the Jigawa State Social Intervention, a pProgramme to empower communities at polling unit level, said agricultural sector had been boosted by irrigation.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement that the inauguration came on the second day of the President’s two-day working visit to Jigawa which commenced on Monday.
Buhari expressed happiness that Jigawa had formed part of the success story of his administration in rice production.
“I am excited by what I have seen over the last three years, I have seen the commitment to return to the farm,” President Buhari said.
The event which took place at the Aminu Kano Triangle in Dutse witnessed a huge crowd excited at seeing the President whom they last saw during the campaigns leading to the 2015 elections.
The highlight of the inauguration was the presentation of a cheque for the sum of N176,350,000 to Aminu Sani-Gumel, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) , Jigawa State on behalf of the 27 Chairmen in the state.
The fund is meant for the operation of the social security scheme where a grant of between N50,000 and N100,000 would be given to each polling unit across the state for minor infrastructure repair and social assistance.
President Buhari has since returned to Abuja where he also inaugurated the head office building of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Jabi District.
Buhari commended Gov. Mohammed Badaru for keying into the Federal Government’s agricultural programmes.
He said that he was happy that Badaru adopted the agricultural policies and programmes of the Federal Government.
The agricultural programmes of the Badaru-administration include goat loans to women as well as mass production of rice, wheat, sesame and groundnuts, among others.
Besides, Buhari lauded the governor for embarking on solar power projects which, he said, were aimed at improving power supply to the people.
He also commended Badaru for the water supply schemes across the state and the provision of other critical infrastructure in efforts to improve the well-being of the people.
He assured the governor that the Federal Government would continue to assist the state in the provision of water and other basic facilities.
Buhari, who urged the people to continue to support the Badaru’s administration, pledged the Federal Government’s commitment towards making life more meaningful for the citizens.