End of Tenure Statement by Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, May 28, 2019.

I would like to first of all appreciate President Mohammadu Buhari for bringing us in, in October 2015 to join him in running this country. In the last three and half years, with my colleague, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, we have put our energies into building a strong Agricultural economy. I want to thank the President for recognizing potential and giving us the responsibility.

2. I also want to thank all those who worked with me; my personal staff, the ministry staff, the Permanent Secretaries, Directors and all other Nigerians who cooperated with us in making agriculture a reality in this country today.

3. Our biggest thanks should go to the farmers, small and big, women and youths, particularly the youths, who responded very well to our call. I go round the world and I’m told that young people are not interested in Agriculture. In Nigeria, it is the reverse, which makes me extremely happy. So, I want to thank our young people. We still have a lot to do in terms of resources such as cheaper credits, machinery, access to land and orientation generally but the signs you have shown are clear. If we do our bit, you will do yours. So, I will like to say to every Nigerian, I thank you.

4. I urge you to give your cooperation to our successors in office. We need to build this sector. I want to say finally, that last year, Nigeria made 30billion dollars from oil but Holland, a country of 17 million people made 90billion dollars from food exports. If Holland did it, we can do it.

5. I wish the President, the new cabinet and all Nigerians the best of luck. We shall stay together, pray and work together to make Nigeria a success story.

Thank you all.

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