By Eseoghene Emuke
Farmers in Nigeria have applauded the reappointment of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, saying that his reappointment will deepened the achievements recorded in his first term in office.
The farmers under the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) noted that some of the policies initiated by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government through the apex bank were yielding positive results which need to be consolidated on.
In a statement made available to WARRI TODAY in Warri by the South-South Chairman/National PRO of AFAN, Elder Eugene Jacob, stated that Emefiele’s leadership was the most agriculturally friendly to farmers in the country since its inception.
The group, while thanking President Buhari for Emefiele’s reappointment, noted that importation of agricultural commodities to the country has drastically reduced in favour of local farmers in the country.
AFAN stated that majority of the policies initiated by CBN under the leadership of Emefiele has led to the creation of jobs and wealth to the Nigeria’s populace as well as diversification of the nation’s economy.
The statement thanked Mr President for recognising the several initiatives and achievements recorded under Emefiele, saying that consolidation on those achievements would ensure strong economy for farmers and all Nigerians.
“We recognising the good services done by Mr Godwin Emefiele – his efforts so far on agricultural, job and wealth creation for millions of Nigerians – including food security all over the States during his first term in office is appreciated by farmers.
” It’s good to recognise most crucial issues that are facing the state which are population explosion, unemployment and food security. Nigeria was importing rice and other communities with trillion of naira, but with the commitment of Emefiele’s team.
“Nigeria has gradually reduce the importation rate of rice and other commodities drastically. The situation has resulted in employment creation for our unemployed youths throughout the country with the robust policies for agriculture. Nigeria is now conserving her foreign exchange”, the statement explained.
It added, “The establishment of the Anchor Borrowers Programme helped to stop the importation of commodities and created the needed employment in all states of the federation. CBN has been agriculturally friendly since Emefiele’s tenure. We appreciate him for being supportive.”
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