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By abiodunbalo • 23 days ago • 81 views • 13 comments

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari on

Thursday directed the African Export – Import

Bank (AFREXIM) to align its lending schemes

with the agricultural priorities of the present

administration.

He gave the directive while receiving the

President of the Bank, Dr. Okey Oramah, at the

State House, Abuja.

Buhari acknowledged that Nigeria was the

biggest beneficiary of AFREXIM’s loans and

facilities.

He, however, observed that despite the

impressive array of lending to institutions and

industries in Nigeria, agriculture didn’t feature

well in the bank’s programmes and should be

taken on board.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special

Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu,

the President said: “Many do not appreciate

how much we are doing in agriculture.  The

Minister of Agriculture and the Central Bank are

doing so much.

“We have almost achieved complete food

security coupled with the massive employment

of able-bodied Nigerians, both the educated and

the not – so-educated. You must take interest in

our agriculture.”

He also directed the Secretary to the

Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha,

to take up the Minister of the Federal Capital

Territory on the provision without delay, land

for the bank’s regional headquarters and a

proposed Centre for Medical Excellence in

Abuja.


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