By Tina Akannam
Dutse—The Vice President, Namadi Sambo has said that the Federal Government would spend N50 billion to boost the agricultural sector and improve food security this year.
Sambo spoke in Dutse, Jigawa State during the flag- off of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, campaign in the state late Wednesday evening, adding that the PDP government would give the agricultural sector priority attention during the period.
According to him, the Federal Government under the leadership of President Dr. GoodLuck Jonathan had ordered for sophisticated tractors and other agricultural implements to be rented out to both small and large scale farmers at affordable prices across the country.
He pointed out that the Fertilizer Distribution Scheme introduced by the Jonathan administration had yielded positive result as more farmers now had access to fertilizers.
On education, Sambo said that the integration of Tsanagay Schools into national school curriculum in the north had also given millions of children the opportunity and access to modern education, which had reduced the menace of street begging by almajirai in the north.
The Vice President further dispelled that the notion by some northern politicians that the PDP was a Christian political party, adding no political party will be accepted if the two major religions were not members.
‘’God in His infinite mercy joined Nigeria together as a single indivisible country with different ethnic and religious groups; no individual or group can impose a single religion on this country.
‘If God wanted to make Nigeria a Muslim state like Saudi Arabia, Indonisia, Pakistan or Afghanistan, it could have been like that or vice versa,’’ he pointed out.