Nigerian Olusegun Obasanjo exchanges with President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi on the Agenda for Agricultural Transformation in DRC

L’ex- Président Olusegun Obasanjo  serrant la main du Chef de l’Etat Fé&lix Antoine Tshisekedi

Kinshasa, August 24th, 2022 (CPA).– The President of the Republic Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, received in audience, on Tuesday at the City of the African Union, the Honorary President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, with whom he had exchanges focusing in particular on the Program of the “Agenda for Agricultural Transformation of the Democratic Republic of Congo” (ATA-DRC).

ATA-DRC is an initiative of the Head of State implemented, in February 2022, by the Ministry in charge of Agriculture, with the technical support of the « International Institute of Tropical Agriculture » (IITA) and the “African Institute of Agricultural Leadership” (AALI), indicates the press release from the Presidency sent to ACP on Tuesday.

It is in this context, notes the document, that the Congolese Head of State had recently sponsored the inauguration of the Biotechnology Laboratory and baptized the research campus located in Sud Kivu by the name of « President Olusegun Obasanjo IITA campus of research « .

« ATA-DRC » Program has the vision of making the agro-sylvo-fisheries sector competitive and respectful of the environment, a source of national cohesion and creator of sustainable jobs.

Obasanjo, actor of peace in the sub-region

Moreover, referring to the security situation in DRC attacked by Rwanda under cover of M23, the former Nigerian President said that « the nature of the problem has not changed, knowing the actors in the region ».

Sent 14 years ago to the Great Lakes sub-region, Olusegun Obasanjo led fruitful contacts at the time which led to the pacification of this space plagued by multiple attacks.

Finally, the Statesman congratulated President Felix Tshisekedi for his continental leadership, before discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula, and the President of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC), Vital Kamerhe.