Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has commended TGI Group for supporting and investing in the food security vision of the Federal Government, assuring that the government will in the next two years concentrate its attention on agriculture and food security, energy (power and petroleum), industrialisation and transport infrastructure.
He stated this while commissioning the N10 billion WACOT Rice Mill in Kebbi State. He disclosed that the Federal Government will continue to work closely with the private sector, giving them the necessary incentives and creating an enabling environment for them to invest and do business.
“This mill is important for several reasons. First, it underscores the policies of the Federal Government that it is the private sector that must be the engine of development. The private sector, being the engine of development, is not just having the sector grow but the growth must be growth with jobs; the development we are talking about is growth with jobs. We have seen a lot of jobless growth in some sectors of the economy with a lot of revenue coming in but with very few jobs.
“With this rice mill, several thousands of our farmers have been engaged in farming. This is a growth with job and the Group Managing Director has assured that in a couple of years, they expect to have engaged 50,000 more farmers. This is the kind of private sector-led growth we want to see,” the Acting President added.
Osinbajo visited the factory, the first rice mill to be designed and completed during the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, in the company of many dignitaries including the Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, 23 members of the Progressive Governors Forum, members of the National and State Assemblies, senior members of the APC, among others.