Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Agriculture is Key to Ending Economic Recession—Social Critic



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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Following the lingering economic recession, a foremost Social Critic and Director, Nworah Hilltop Hospital and Maternity, Eye Services, Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Prof A.B.C Nworah has enjoined Nigerians to re-embrace farming.

Nworah, who spoke to News48hour.com in his office, also urged the government at all level to negotiate with the land owners and reach definite agreements with them before acquiring or lending their lands for onward distribution or sharing to the graduate and non-graduate farmers with a view to encouraging mass production of food and other agribusiness.

According to the Professor of Gynaecology, the governments should also empower intending farmers with loans and other agricultural inputs, as well as provide social amenities and housing units in the farming areas so that the enterprising graduates will not feel rusticated from civilization.

He also called on the government, the mission and private individuals to establish schools, industries of all kinds, and other economic activities at rural areas rather than concentrating mainly on cities as a way of encouraging demographic movements from cities to the villages.

These and others he said would enable everyone, including the farmers, consumers, governments, communities, and various organisations to see it as an investments to correct the economic hardship, as well as diversification mechanism.

While extolling the federal government on the war against corruption, Prof. Nworah lamented that Nigerians were suffering of multimillion naira stolen funds perpetrated by some dishonest individuals, even as he called for immediate restructuring of salaries of the public office holders like the legislators.

On the menace of Fulani herdsmen, he advised Nigeria to learn from advanced countries and establish cattle ranches as it was absurdity for cows to share the same streets, roads, farms and pathways with the people in the East.

That was even as he called on the Southeast governors to come together and restructure their vigilante service groups for more proactive with the police and other teeming security outfits as ways of stopping general security threats.


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