President Muhammadu Buhari has said the country will stop the importation of rice as from this year.
Buhari who announced the decision in his New Year broadcast, recalled he pleaded with Nigerians two years ago to go back to farms.
The President said he is happy that several Nigerians listened to his plea, and has contributed to the ongoing moves to restructuring the economy.
He said, “We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered.
“Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy.
“Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.
“By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector.
“Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate.”