Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos State, has said residents consume food worth N3 billion daily, although without verified evidence backing his claim. Governor Ambode spoke at the
maiden edition of the Lagos Food Security and Exhibition Summit.
The governor, speaking on the theme “Actualizing Sustainable Food Security in Lagos State: A New, Comprehensive Agenda’, was quoted in a government press statement to have assured potential agriculture investors of good returns based on his claims.
Ambode in the statement said “Our core policy thrust towards achieving food security is to maximize the comparative advantage of the State in agriculture and establish partnerships with other States of the Federation with comparative advantage in specific areas”.
Also, the governor reportedly said Nigeria had no business importing food.
Ambode said his administration is partnering Kebbi State Government in developing agricultural commodities such as rice, wheat, groundnut, onion, maize and beef value chain, He optimistically said the effort will produce 70 per cent of the total national rice consumption.
“We have also acquired agricultural land in other neighbouring States of Ogun and Oyo as well as Abuja. Specifically, 500 hectares of farm land has been acquired for rice cultivation in Eggua, Ogun State, 84.7 hectares at Okinni in Oshogbo for oil palm processing, among others,” the Governor said.
Sani Dangote, Chairman of the Summit, reportedly lauded the governor’s frontal effort toward achieving food security.
The statement was signed by Habib Aruna, Ambode’s chief press secretary.