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Osinbajo calls for self sufficiency in food production In Africa

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has called on African countries to free themselves from external dependency.

He made the call at the conference of Speakers and Head of African Parliament in Abuja.

Professor Osinbajo said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about food security in Africa, stressing that there was need for Africa to achieve self sufficiency in food production.

He noted that the agriculture sector was key to African productivity, saying Africa must provide its own food.

The Vice President called on the Executive and Legislature to work together, adding that African parliaments were true expression of democracy and the closest to the people.

“If there has ever been a time when strong Parliamentary is needed it is now,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo said that the African continent fare better in handling COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the social economic impact of the pandemic was felt.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila said that the present insecurity and rampaging uncertainty across the continent represent the single biggest threat to the well-being of the nation’s children.

While acknowledging the giant stride achieved by the continent during the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Speaker maintained that the onus is on the parliament to set the terms of our national development and ensure that government priorities reflect our citizens’ most pressing needs and highest aspirations.

The President, African Development Bank (AfDB)Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, observed that the conference was a place where challenges facing the citizenry must be raised and solution proferred, adding that the discussion must be directed at the challenges facing the people.

He said the next pandemic was around the corner and Africa must not outsourced resources, adding that Africa must build health defence mechanism by developing local vaccine and build the health system.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, Editing by Omotola Oguneye