According to reports, the Federal Government is planning to use the arable land in Zamfara State to make it a leading agriculture hub in the country, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said.
The vice-president announced this at the launch of the Maru township water project in Maru, Zamfara State on Friday.
He said the state was blessed with vast farmland and good potential, stressing that the Federal Government decided to invest heavily in the state in agriculture next year.
He urged Nigerians to come together and fight the current economic recession, stressing that “everyone must play his or her role through the payment of taxes, obedience to law and order and helping the poor”.
Osinbajo, who commended Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State for providing infrastructure in the state, noted that “as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Yari has not disappointed his colleagues, especially at the National Economic Forum where he encouraged them to provide the much needed infrastructure for the development of their respective states”.
Earlier, Yari said he spent over N6 billion in the construction of 20km township roads in each of the 14 local government areas of the state.
He said that his administration had also provided street lights in the state capital at the cost of N150 million and spent N991 million in the rehabilitation of the Government Girls Arabic Secondary School, Gusau.
Yari said the state government also spent N105 million n the rehabilitation of the School for Continuing Education, Gusau.
The Governors of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, and Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, were at the launch of the township water project.