Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reiterated the need for states across Nigeria to embrace and promote agriculture, saying there is it is the only viable path to tread for economic progress and development.
Obasanjo, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony of the School for Children with Special Needs, a project of the Catholic Diocese in Makurdi, a Benue State, during the week admonished Nigerians to and government at all levels to promote agricultural production because the era of crude oil had gone forever.
“The oil that you take from the ground today is gone and gone forever but the land where you produce food is a renewable resources.
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“And I believe that one of the things that we must be emphasizing in all states of the federation is that there is no alternative to agriculture for our development and economic progress,” he averred.
The former Nigerian leader said it was important for the church and state governments to partner for socio-economic development in order to grow the economy of the states, calling on Nigerians to take spirituality and morality along with governance.