19 August 2016
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has promised to encourage investors interested in agribusiness to invest in Adamawa State.
Obasanjo, who was received by Gov. Jibrilla Bindow when he visited the state, advised the government to put more efforts in agriculture, adding that the sector would eradicate poverty as well as bring industrialisation to the state.
Obasanjo said: “your emphasis on agriculture gave me pleasure and if agriculture is taken seriously in this state, it will eradicate poverty.
“If you can provide a conducive atmosphere, people will want to come and invest in agribusiness.
“We will encourage those who are interested to invest in agribusiness to come to Adamawa and invest.
“Agriculture will not only be useful as a security tool, but as part of the industrialisation of the state, and as such will make the economy of this state more viable.’’
Obasanjo also commend President Muhammadu Buhari for showing understanding to the northeast where insurgent Boko Haram group had been wreaking havoc since 2009.
“To us, the issue of the northeast is special. Even when Mr President and I engage in discussions, the northeast is always in focus.
“I must commend the unique leadership vision of the governor, especially as he did not only focus on Adamawa, but extended his vision to the entire northeast geopolitical region,’’ Obasanjo said.
Gov. Bindow had sought the assistance the former president in addressing the challenges in the state.
He said that the state had faced the challenge of insecurity in the past which had ravaged the socioeconomic fortunes of the state.
He commended President Buhari for focusing on security, which had returned peacde to the state.
Bindow said that his administration had completed 47 road projects in the face of all the challenges.
He said that the team work adopted by his administration had yielded positive results, adding that his administration would emulate the work supervision strategy of Obasanjo.