Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on the Federal Government to do more to revamp the agriculture sector and the economy.
Clark, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said it had become necessary for the country to explore all available means to reposition the agriculture sector to cushion the shortfalls from oil revenue in the near future.
He urged the government to look for workable strategies to achieve the desired result since measures being deployed over the years to return the sector to its enviable position had not yielded result.
He also stressed that the country’s projected population explosion and the recently signed Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, were issues that Nigeria should not take lightly.
“One of my greatest fears for Nigeria is the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
“How do we intend to compete favourably with other African countries when most of our industries are not revived? We will simply become a dump for their commodities.
“If a country like Malaysia and other countries, which were behind Nigeria in terms of export in the 60s, were able to fix their economies largely through proceeds from agriculture, then there is something Nigeria is not doing right to have lost that position.
“More measures need to be put in place if the agriculture sector is to be revamped; if it is to truly contribute the required revenue to national development.’’
Clark commended the Federal Government for making the sector a major focus in its diversification bid and for the measures taken so far.