Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje says the government is making concerted efforts to replace the famous groundnut pyramids with rice pyramids.
Ganduje said that was why the state government is providing the environment that will encourage the massive production of rice, wheat, and tomatoes.
Speaking, Friday while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Ganduje said the state government would provide rice farmers with the incentives they would need to be able to increase the production of the product.
“Now, we are soon going to talk about rice pyramids not groundnut pyramids because rice is the order of the day now.
“The groundnut you are talking about in those years it was the production of groundnut to be exported to the foreign land and be processed and be brought back to Nigeria.
“But now it is a different issue. We have a lot of oil mills that consume the groundnut. So, you will not expect to see the groundnut pyramids as you used to see because the economic situation has change.
“The industrialisation is much better than those days.
“So, you better stop dreaming of groundnut pyramids now. But when you are talking of rice; that is where we need the pyramids now.
“So, we assure you that in Kano we are providing an enabling environment for the production of rice, wheat, and tomatoes,” the governor said.
The governor said that during the meeting, he brought the President up to date with the security situation in the state, particularly the issues relating to cattle rustling and kidnapping.
According to him, cattle rustling and kidnapping have been brought under control.
He also said that he briefed the President on the state’s amnesty and empowerment programmes extended to repentant cattle rustlers and kidnappers in the state.
On the row between him and Kwankwaso, Ganduje stated that the situation is under control, saying that efforts have been intensified to address the problem.
“The situation is under control, it is an in-house problem which is under control. We are talking about it.
“Yes, reconciliation is ongoing and it will work. We have been together for long; we are politically brothers and friends.
“Therefore, we will make sure that we don’t allow things to continue to fall apart.”