According to Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on media and publicity, Nigeria has emerged as second largest producer of rice in the world.
Garba made this known in Abuja while speaking on the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the economy.
“But as I speak to you now, Nigeria just achieved the record of the second largest producer of rice in the world. The rice revolution just started a year ago. Some of you from Nasarawa know the kind of things going on there. A newspaper did an investigation in Kebbi and they found out that there were 48,000 new millionaires in Kebbi state alone last year for growing rice.
“This over reliance on oil has killed this country and we cannot continue like this. So, the diversification of the economy means more money will be in the hands of ordinary Nigerians. And there will be widespread prosperity all over the country.”