GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, received awards from the Association of Deans of Agriculture of Nigeria Universities (ADAN) for their contribution to the development of agriculture in the country.
This comes as the National Chairman of the APC, attributed the current recession hitting the nation as the handiwork of God, acknowledging that the situation has forced government at all levels to invest into agriculture, and asserting that the nation will be one of the biggest exporters of farm produce in the next two years.
According to Chief Oyegun, “I want to emphasise that the APC is totally committed in developing agriculture as the backbone of the Nigerian economy. A lot of ideas have been thrown out, there is no country on the planet that does not subsidize agriculture. So we have been living in this fool’s paradise that government does not subsidize agriculture for its people.
“United States of America which is the greatest economic power, yet guarantees and pays farmers to produce, even things that they don’t need. So we have come to that because the price of a barrel of oil has today dropped from 50 dollars per barrel. Projections for the future is not very encouraging, most developing nations now concentrate on renewable energy, we have not gone beyond exporting crude.
“Today agriculture has become the Cinderella and we are committed to making it an alternative source of income. I am happy that twice that I have been in this chambers, it has to do with agriculture.”
The chairman of the LOC made it quite clear that maybe God in his kindness forced Nigeria into a situation where we now have to think, where we now have to reason, look back.