Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday challenged Africa to produce what it eats and reduce its dependence on external countries.
Osinbajo made the call at a conference of Speakers and Heads of African Parliaments holding in Abuja.
He said that the COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, brought about food insecurity in Africa, stressing that there was need for Africa to achieve self-sufficiency in food production.
Osinbajo stressed also that Africa must produce what it eats, noting the need for increased collaboration in handling issues in Africa.
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He noted also that institutions like parliaments needed strong leadership.
“If there has ever been a time where strong parliaments are needed, it is now,’’ he said.
He said the African continent handled the COVID-19 pandemic well, adding, however, that the social and economic impacts of the pandemic were still being felt.