Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has called on Federal Government to cut the importation of food to less than 25 per cent of the current volume.
This is contained in a statement by Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, media aide to the governor on Sunday in Osogbo.
The governor said Nigeria must cut its dependence on foreign goods, increase local production and enhance entrepreneurship, adding these would help save the local currency which currently carries too much pressure.
Aregbesola said that despite the huge opportunities in sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, Nigeria had failed to make use of the opportunities.
According to the governor, it was disheartening that Nigeria depends too much on foreign foods which is killing the agriculture.
“We should cut the importation of food to less than 25 per cent of the current volume.
“It is really shameful that in spite of our endowments in natural resources, we are still dependent on imported food items as a nation.”
“By importing, we are simply developing the economies of the nations we buy from through job creation, value chain maintenance, capacity for product development and other spin off effects of production”.
Aregbesola said it was time Nigeria start to feed its population and depend less on importation.