Diversify economy from oil to agriculture, APC support groups urge FG

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The Confederation of All Progressives Congress (APC) Support Groups has called on the Federal Government to diversify the nation’s economy from oil to agriculture revenue earnings.

It urged the government to go back to the 1960s, where government invested heavily in agriculture and used its earnings to finance the national budget in the first Republic.

The Director-General of the group, Dr Kailani Muhammed, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja, in commemoration of the 63rd independence of the country.

Muhammed recalled that in the 60s, the country produced rice to feed Nigerians and people in West Africa and earned foreign exchange from agriculture, particularly rice from Niger State.

He added that Kaduna for instance, produced maize that fed the country and West Africa.

According to him, Nigeria needs to shift from oil earning because corruption in the sector has destroyed all the strata of the economy.

He said, “After the first Republic, those of our grandfathers in the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Balewa and others, what they had in their minds, I think, was the country itself and not about materialism.

“From 1983 when the military took over till date, it has not been well because corruption has destroyed all the strata of the economy.

“There is no reason why Nigerians should be poor. I don’t want to say the oil that we have is a curse on us,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the present administration, with its “Renewed Hope Agenda” would bring back the agriculture sector to boost the nation’s economy.

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