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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has announced plans to create three and a half million jobs in the country's agricultural sector

President GoodluckPresident Goodluck Jonathan said that the government is making efforts to create sustainable employment in Nigeria. (Image source: World Economic Forum)

The President was talking at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, with members in the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on the transformation of Nigeria’s agricultural sector.

The EPG Group includes influential international leaders that are expected to support the President with his plans to achieve Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda.

A statement by the President’s special adviser, Dr Reuben Abati, quoted the President as saying that the government is making efforts to create sustainable employment. 

“Nigeria is undergoing rapid changes in its agriculture sector. We have stopped viewing agriculture as a development programme, but now as a business that can assure food security, create wealth and generate jobs,” he added.

“Private sector investments are rising significantly as a result of our bold policy reforms. I am confident that with the support of the private sector and the donor community, Nigeria’s agriculture will further drive economic growth and unlock new opportunities for millions of our farmers and agribusinesses.”