Agriculture panacea to exit from economic recession – Ex-LG boss
A former Sole Administrator of Akun Development Area of Nasarawa State, Mr Monday Nanza, has said that the panacea to exit from the current economic recession is that Nigerians must return to farming.
Nanza told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Keffi, Keffi Local Government Area on Tuesday that for the country to achieve food sufficiency, youths and other Nigerians, must return to farming.
He said that government at all levels and Nigerians must give premium to agriculture if the country must live beyond oil.
“One of the way for the nation to exit from recession is for the people to go back to farm in order to ensure food security, boost its revenue and socioeconomic development.”
Nanza said government was doing its best in providing job opportunities to the youths, noting that government alone could not provide employment and others basic needs for its citizens.
According to him, that is why there is the need for all of us to help ourselves by embracing farming, skills acquisition to become self-reliant because the era of depending on government white collar jobs is over.
“No society can live comfortably without agriculture, agriculture is the major source of livelihood of every family, nation and its importance cannot be overemphasised to the development of any society.
“If youths and other Nigerians go back to farm, it will not only reduce overdependence on oil, but will also fight poverty, unemployment, youth restiveness and other social vices.
“It will also boost food production in the country,” he said.
Nanza also advised Nigerians, especially the youths to shun idleness, embrace farming and engage in others meaningful ventures to become self-reliant to contribute their quota to national development.
He has also urged Nigerians to pray for the country and President Muhammadu Buhari as he strives to salvage the economy from recession.
Nanza advised the residents to be law abiding, respect constituted authorities, live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.