2 February 2013

Nigeria: Agriculture, Not Oil Will Restore Economy, Says Okorocha

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A Nigerian oil refinery.

Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha has warned against over dependence on oil revenue, pointing out that the economy would remain stagnant if not diversified.

He therefore canvassed for a return to agriculture so as to ensure food security and further restore the economy of the nation on the path of growth.

Okorocha who stated this while delivering a lecture titled 'Kobo Must Return '(KMR) to the Course 35 members of the Command and Staff College Jaji, Kaduna, at the newly constructed Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS), Owerri, said agriculture had before the exploration and boom in the oil sector contributed about 75 percent of Nigerian foreign exchange earnings.

He called on Nigerians and government at all levels to give agriculture a priority place to revive the economy and make it stronger and viable.

The governor further posited that if given attention in the 773 local governments in the country where the land and labour are available to produce agro-products, agriculture will ultimately guarantee employment for the teeming youth and automatically bring down the prices of food items in the country.

While he attributed the problem of Nigeria to bad leadership, Okorocha maintained that "there is nothing wrong with the head of state but there could be something wrong with the state of the head", adding that when a leader has a wrong mindset, there is nothing he/she could do to lead the people well.

The governor who described leadership as the ability to organize, use and control people towards producing without manipulation, further posited that leaders must inspire and motivate the people to be patriotic as well as productive to the society.

He further said that leaders must be visionary so as to have the ability to see from the inner mind as well as have the passion to drive their visions.

While he urged Nigerian leaders to imbibe the spirit of team work, he also tasked those occupying leadership positions not to be selfish as good leaders must have good character and ability to drive their vision so as to bridge the gap between leaders and the led.

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