… Says Era Of Free Money Is Gone.
By Waheed Adekunle, Oshogbo.
The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has implored all and sundry especially the youths on the need to embrace farming as a panacea to the current economic imbroglio.
Aregbesola who called on Nigerian leadership to prioritize agriculture in its efforts at mitigating the adverse effects of the present economic downturn, however charged government at various levels to expedite policies capable of encouraging youths to farming.
Governor Aregbesola made the call while addressing practicing farmers during an interactive session with the members of the All Farmers Associations, at Erimo-Ijesa, Oriade Local Government Area of the State.
Aregbesola who lamented over the state of the nation’s economy and its adverse effects in the general well being of the masses, however described agriculture as the only realistic alternative to crude oil.
The state helmsman described his administrative foresight in recent times as a wake-up call to every serious government, saying the present economic dangers wouldn’t have befallen the country if the nation’s economy had properly diversified.
Governor Aregbesola who lamented over the mono-economic nature of the country, said his government would do everything possible within the limit of the constitution to revamp the dearth in agriculture.
Aregbesola attributed his utmost commitment to agricultural resuscitation as a bid to alternate the present economic downsize and as well improve the food production capacity of the state.
Governor Aregbesola who implored his counterparts to develop more interest in farming, however said no reverse in his administration’s clear-vision to turn around the agricultural sector in the state.
Aregbesola who described farmers as assets to the nation, said with the emerging economic situation, farming remains the only surviving mechanism to rescue the nation from the path of possible economic gloom and doom.
Aregbesola said, “It is regrettable that over-dependence on crude oil revenues had led us to this serious economic mess just as we all slept on the same direction.
“We are all guilty of this because we forgot to plan for this special economic period. We relied heavily on the income coming from crude oil forgetting that a period like this would come at all.
“The free money coming from the Federation Accounts had blocked virtually every government’s face to think beyond the box of economic diversification.
“Meanwhile the current economic challenges is in no doubt the product of our ineptitude to plan for the future.
Governor Aregbesola who expressed delight over his administration’s sagacity in the management of the state’s economy, said, his foresights had contributed significantly towards the actualization of economic prosperity.
Aregbesola however pointed out that his government was informed on the need to re-strategize its economy sequel to its ingenuity on economic diversification.
He said no going back in revamping the lost glory in agriculture, saying the time has come for Nigerians to go back to farm.
According to him, “There is no other means to economic prosperity than for us to go back to the drawing board and map out workable policies that would facilitate quick recovery of our agricultural losses.
“We must all see the need to uproot the decadence in agriculture and invest hugely in it especially in the face of the current economic situation.
“There is need for every serious government to encourage youths to farming through the provision of necessary tools capable of aiding the activities of the prospective farmers.
“Without mincing words, we have seen the effects of mono-economy. We have seen the effects of our inability to think beyond the nose, hence call for the need to embrace agriculture as better alternative.
“Based on this, our government has decided to deplore everything possible within the limit of the constitution to revamp the dearth in agriculture, because with the emerging economic situation, farming remains the only surviving mechanism to rescue the nation from the path of possible economic gloom and doom.
Aregbesola who used the occasion to appeal to some farmers who have not refunded the loans given to them, said his government would not take levity with whoever fails to refund as agreed.
Earlier, the former commissioner for Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement, Hon. Wale Adedoyin who described Governor Aregbesola as the lover of farmers, said the current government had made a significant landmark in agricultural sector.
He said the visit was first of its kind in the history of the state, describing it as a better avenue to engage farmers on greater agricultural productivity.
Adedoyin who described agriculture as the only sustainable economic sector in the country, called on all to promote agriculture.
“It is now obvious that the current government is bent at promoting agriculture.
“This meeting is an interface between the farmers and the Governor as it equally serves as an avenue for farmers to interact with the government officials on the need to promote agriculture”, he added.
Some of the farmers who could not hide their feelings, commended Governor Aregbesola for prioritizing their welfares in the scheme of things.
They also lauded the state government for providing the needful to farmers, saying government intervention on agriculture had yielded positive results.
They therefore implored the state government not relent on its oars in the provision of the needed amenities.