Agriculture is the way to go and President Muhammadu Buhari is happy that his administration's heavy investments in the sector is yielding results in terms of job creation for young Nigerians.

President Buhari on Tuesday, had a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Tunisia, Mr Boukekri Rmilli, at the State House in Abuja where he expressed satisfaction with the growing role of agriculture in the oil-rich nation's economy.

He said his administration will increase its support for agriculture as a mechanism for jobs creation.

“We are trying very hard to provide jobs, for our youths. We are investing heavily in agriculture.

“Following the uncertainty in the oil market and the huge unemployment situation in the country, we chose to put our fate in agriculture.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Boukekri Rmili of T
President Muhammadu Buhari and Tunisia Foreign Minister, Boukekri Rmilli

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“I am glad that our young people are accepting agriculture instead of waiting for white-collar jobs.

“They are out there sweating it out in the sun, making a living. Agriculture is the way to go, even when we are realising this almost belatedly,” the President said.

He added that the Nigerian government recognises the progress Tunisia had made in agriculture, tourism and medical health, and will shortly, from now, raise a team to visit that country to identify sectors in which the two countries could collaborate.

The Nigerian leader is also happy with the resuscitation of the Nigeria-Tunisia Binational Commission which was attended by a large delegation of businessmen and prospective investors.

Mr Rmilli, who is also the leader of the delegation of businessmen, informed the President that his country was anxious to grow trade relationships with Nigeria.

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He expressed satisfaction with the large number of local business men who turned up for the Nigeria – Tunisia Business Forum on Monday in Abuja.

The Minister delivered a special message to President Buhari, in which Mr Beji Caid Essebsi, President of Tunisia, congratulated the Nigerian leader on his achievements in security, economy and role in Africa.

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