Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has blamed Nigeria’s economic challenges on the neglect of agriculture.
Governor Amosun stated this, on Tuesday, when Participants of Course 39 at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, visited him at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office.
While welcoming the Course Participants who were on a study tour of Ogun State, Governor Amosun said, “for Nigeria to get it right, the nation must move away from the monolithic economy.”
The Governor recalled the years of groundnut pyramid, palm oil and cocoa, which he said, were used to develop the different regions adding that oil proceeds should have been used to develop other sectors of the economy.
He also seized the opportunity to talk about the giant strides his administration has recorded in the area of agriculture and industrialisation, which is one of the five cardinal programmes of the government.
Head of the delegation, Dr. Nasrudeen Usman, in his remark said, “there is no way we can talk about recent progress recorded in the field of agriculture in Nigeria, without a prominent mention of Ogun State.”
He added that as a nation, Nigeria can employ science and technology in the area of seed improvement, farm mechanisation and agro processing.
Dr. Usman said the theme of this year’s study tour, which focuses on how to use Science, Technology and Innovation to bring about agricultural development and establish agro processing industry, is very apt.
He said this was necessary because the nation needs to incorporate science and technology into agriculture in order to remain competitive.