Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Sunday said in spite of current economic challenges, Nigeria would return to the path of growth and fiscal stability.
This is contained in Tambuwal’s Eid-el-Kabir message to the people of the state, issued in Sokoto by his media aide, Mr Imam Imam.
He said that there was hope that measures put in place by the Federal Government would yield positive results, adding that “there is a silver linen in the horizon’’.
Tambuwal said that the reforms instituted by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government were necessary in order to halt the drift and commence the journey to development and self-reliance.
“We may be facing tough challenges now, but I believe they are just for the short term.
”Measures put in place by government will have positive impact in the medium and long term.
”This administration has shown strong will to diversify the economy and reduce reliance on oil. That measure has started yielding result,” he said.
The governor said that in the state, various initiatives aimed at mitigating the effect of the economic downturn had been implemented, with many people already responding to government’s call to return to farm.
He said that, because “our citizens accepted our calls and incentives to return to farm, we expect to have bumper harvest this year, especially in crops like rice, wheat, onion and millet.
”This will go a long way in enhancing their income and at the same time, tackling other socio-economic challenges confronting them”.
While urging all Nigerians, and especially the Muslim faithful, to continue to pray for the country, he prayed for hitch-free sallah celebrations in Sokoto and across the country.