The former senator for Borno Central revealed this during a condolence visit to the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammad-Mera, in his palace at Argungu on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria stated that the benefitting states included; Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Kaduna.
Vice President said, “I have already raised 2 million jumbo cashew seedlings in Borno, We shall start moving them to Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, and other North-Western States.”
The former Borno governor described Kebbi as a rich state with deep loamy soil conducive for cultivating a variety of crops, he stressed that people of the state have no reason to be poor.
“Let me assure you that 1,000 houses will be constructed across the five states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna from the N50 billion North-West Infrastructure Development Fund.
“Very soon work will commence, work will either kick-start from Sokoto or Kebbi, depending on who among the governors provide land first but I intended to start from the Seat of the Caliphate.
“It is not going to be like the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme, interested states will be given fertilizers, seeds, solar-powered water pumps, and by Nov. 10, we shall start planting the wheat. If Kebbi can provide 10,000 hectares of farmland, we are ready to commence work”.
“We have resolved to start with 50,000 hectares in Jigawa because the state has enough farmland to give for the scheme, and the state is relatively peaceful.
“The state government will train extension workers who will go round to ensure that our people understand modern farming,” Shettima added.