Peter Obi, Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, says agriculture will rise again in the north if he is elected in the 2023 general elections.
Mr Obi said this on Monday at an interactive session organised by the Arewa joint committee in Kaduna.
The former Anambra governor said he will make the vast arable land in the region to become the country’s new oil.
He said the “domestic policy challenges” have compounded the problems the country is facing.
The presidential candidate said if elected into office, his administration would also provide lasting solutions to the economic and security challenges in the northern region.
“We are cognizant of the domestic policy challenges that have accumulated over time; and that the lack of adequate public policy responses has made them worse, with a devastating impact on national unity, social cohesion, public trust in government, and economic performance,” he said.
“We have a grasp of prevailing challenges. Nigeria’s needs and unmet needs are very huge. Yet hunger, insecurity, poverty and deprivation know no tribe, religion or gender.
“We’ll ensure that farmers return to all farmlands for the 2023 farming season. We will make Nigeria’s arable land in the north her new oil and gold.
“As part of our plan for education, we will foster federal intervention in education at all levels in the north and partnership with state governments and international organisations in order to improve access to affordable and quality education at all levels.
“We’ll ensure very adequate representation in government, equitable appointments, especially in the security and economic sectors.”
While adding that he would channel sustainable developmental efforts to the north if he is elected, Obi said the region has the potential to drive economic prosperity for Nigeria.
“We shall pay as much attention to the development of the north as to the development of all parts of the country; but with much greater emphasis on the development of the agricultural resources,” he said.
“The north remains where the biggest ad sustainable wealth of this great nation lies.”
The LP presidential candidate also expressed concern that the northern region “has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world”.
“This situation is painful and needs to be fixed,” Mr Obi added.
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