Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has called for the development of the agricultural sector as a way out of the recession.
Speaking to journalists at the weekend in Abuja after delivering the keynote address at the unveiling of the International Cathedral of Elohim Christian International Centre, Governor Okowa stated that Nigeria needs to provide the enabling environment for agriculture to thrive as it holds the key to pulling the nation out of recession.
“we need to provide an enabling environment for agriculture to thrive and for industries to thrive and I believe that that is where Nigeria will grow and succeed. The oil economy itself does not truly impact very strongly on the average Nigerian because though you make money out of it, it is an economy that does not create a lot of jobs”, he said.
“Over the years we have continued to rely on the oil economy and that is not good enough, oil is supposed to be a blessing to our country, apparently when it was discovered, we forgot about agriculture and we did not think about our tomorrow, oil prices are things one cannot guarantee but I believe that whatever is going on in Nigeria today is a lesson to all, not just leaders but all Nigerians, that we need to redirect our efforts, we need to diversify our economy”, Senator Okowa added.
The governor stated that the oil production has continued to improve and enjoined all stakeholders to support and sustain the existing peace and security in the Niger Delta region for development to thrive.
He called for prayers and support for leaders and for the unity and development of the country.