Benin republic to ban any product prohibited in Nigeria
The Minister for Finance and Economy of the Republic of Benin, Romuald Wadagni has stated that the Benin republic is interested in understudying how Nigeria improved its rice production in order to boost its own local rice production.
This visit was a follow-up to the President of the Republic of Benin, Patrice Talon visit to President Muhammadu Buhari where he requested assistance from Nigeria to adopt its rice revolution policy and invited RIFAN officials to the Republic of Benin and sent a powerful delegation to attend the rice fair in Kebbi on March 2nd, 2021.
Wadagni who lead the delegate noted that the country’s commitment is to learn from Nigeria and how they have been able to overcome certain challenges faced to achieve success.
He said: “To strengthen cooperation between Nigeria and Benin Republic, we will ban any product prohibited in Nigeria. Benin and Nigeria are the same; anything that disturbs Nigeria as a country also disturbs us.
“Our commitment is to learn from Nigeria and we hope that in few years we will also celebrate the pyramid in Benin, under the leadership of RIFAN President.”
RIFAN National President Alhaji Aminu Goronyo briefed the delegation about the association and how it transformed and revolutionized rice production in Nigeria.
Goronyo said the Association developed a template that was adopted by the CBN and accepted by President Muhammadu Buhari which has resulted in the nation’s sufficiency in rice production.
The RIFAN boss: “We developed a template that was adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria and accepted by our President Muhammadu Buhari which as a result, Nigeria is today Rice self-sufficient nation.
“We have more than 12 million farmers working with us producing most of the Rice Paddy the country needs.
“The Republic of Benin can also leverage on that whereby your country can produce enough rice to feed herself and export excess to neighbouring countries including Nigeria. If you do this, it means you are creating wealth and job opportunities for your people and your country.”