Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, says despite the economic challenges currently confronting the country, there is hope that measures put in place by the government will yield positive result and return Nigeria to path of growth and financial stability.
In a message to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir Sallah celebration issued in Sokoto by Imam Imam, his spokesman, Tambuwal said reforms instituted by the APC-led federal government were necessary to halt the drift and kick-start the journey to development and self-reliance.
“We may be facing tough challenges now, but I believe they are just for the short term,” he said.
“Measures put in place by government will have positive impact in the medium and long term. This administration has shown strong will to diversify the economy and reduce reliance on oil. That measure has started yielding result.”
Tambuwal said in Sokoto, various initiatives had been implemented to mitigate the effect of the economic downturn, with majority of the people answering government’s call to return to farm.
“Because our citizens accepted our calls and incentives to return to farm, we expect to have bumper harvest this year especially in crops like rice, wheat, onion and millet,” he said.
“This will go a long way in enhancing their income and at the same time tackling other socio-economic challenges confronting them.”
While urging all Nigerians and especially the Muslim faithful to continue praying for the country, Tambuwal also prayed to God for a hitch-free Sallah celebration in Sokoto and all over the federation.