Jobless politicians especially those in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, who are on the queue for appointments into boards of federal parastatals and agencies, may not have to wait for too long to realised their dreams.The Presidency says the appointments will be â€œfully back on trackâ€ at the beginning of 2017.
A Presidential Media aide, Garba Shehu, made this known in an interactive session with State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.
The delay in the appointments of members of the boards and agencies by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been generating interest and comments from various quarters particularly from members of the APC.
Shehu, however, assured that the process will be fully back on track at the beginning of the new year.
â€œYou know that the reconstitution began methodically, from sector by sector. You should expect that to resume at the beginning of the new year.
â€œThe president has given directions on what to do,â€ he said.
On the agricultural programmes of the Federal Government, the Presidential aide said that the Presidentâ€™s persistent calls for a return to farming was yielding good results.
â€œThe talk about agriculture has driven people to the farm. This year, there is a huge boom in the rural economy.
â€œWe have witnessed an excellent harvest. Farmers are getting value for their output. What has encouraged farmers the more is the increasing availability of extension services.
According to him, new farming techniques are helping farmers to do their occupation better, the readiness of off takers to buy the produce is also a major boost.
â€œWhen you put all these together with the systematic move to curb importation as a boost for local production through the restriction of the available foreign exchange to critically important sectors of the economy, you have favuorable environment for the diversification of the economy.
â€œAs we speak, several of the countryâ€™s major manufacturing industries are actively backward-integrating- Nestle, Unilever, the breweries are looking what we have as local materials, changing their formulations to maintain production levels and keep their share of the market.
â€œManufacturers who are hooked on import of raw materials are advised to re-strategize and take full advantage of local raw materials.â€
The presidential aide expressed the hope that the â€œfuture belongs to those who employ the use of local raw materialsâ€.