June 5, 2024

Obasanjo urges leaders to focus on food security



By Musa Ubandawaki Sokoto

SOKOTO: Former President Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo has urged leaders to focus more on food security with emphasis on ‘ stomach infrastructure’.

Obasanjo spoke in Sokoto at the formal unveiling of 136 housing units purchased at the cost of N1.820bn by the Sokoto state government for allocation to low-income earners and other citizens in the state on the owner-occupier basis, to address the growing need for shelter in the state.

The former president is on a 2-day working visit to Sokoto state to unveil projects on the invitation of Governor Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto.

He said food security ‘ stomach infrastructure’ was top while personal and health security took the lesser rankings.

According to Obasanjo who also acknowledged the giant strides being made by Governor Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto whom he described as a leader working and running a good race.

 in the areas of transportation, road construction, agriculture, and housing projects, described him as a committed leader whose resilience and performance were likened to that of a stallion horse.

“Your strong, energetic, and resilient qualities in leadership have made you to get it all within the space of time of your one year.

” Putting all these in place will surely brighten your chances of seeking a second-term mandate without stress” , he expressed optimism.

The former President especially applauded Senator Aliyu Wamakko and Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar for their spirited call contributions to the development of the state as a good political mentor and the Sultan as role model in the caliphate.

” I will say Wamakko remain a good mentor who has gotten a good mentee in the person of the governor “, he said .

Earlier, Governor Aliyu Sokoto said the idea of coming up with numerous housing projects was in tune with his campaign promises to deliver human oriented projects that would prove the welfare and standards of the people in the state.

Gov Aliyu however explained that the state government had committees enormous resources in building and completing many other similar projects across the state including road constructions , empowerment items, water and agricultural inputs for farmers as well as equipping hospitals.

” We are determined to continue developing the state for proper repositioning and providing state of the arts adjourning facilities at all sites including Islamiyya schools, markets, play ground among others”, he mentioned while appreciating the former President for honouring the state invitation to be part of history.