Editors Endorse Agriculture as Viable Option for Nation’s Economy

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·  Commend Wike for security, infrastructural development in Rivers

By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

Members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors have endorsed agriculture as a viable option for the diversification of the Nigerian economy.

The editors also commended Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for the level of security and infrastructural development in the state.

The stance of the editors was contained in a communique signed by its President, Funke Egbemode, and Secretary, Victoria Ibanga, and issued at the end of the 12th All Nigerian Editors’ Conference (ANEC) held in Port Harcourt from August 3 to 7 with the theme: “Economic Diversification: Agriculture As Option For A Prosperous Nigeria’’.

The editors noted that there is a serious problem with the nation’s economy as a result of over-reliance on oil and gas as the source of revenue for the country and that there is urgent need to diversify the economy.

They also stated that agriculture has suffered serious neglect as a result of negative mind set, reliance on outdated methods and gross underfunding.

The conference therefore resolved, “That agriculture is the most viable option to adopt to revive the nation’s economy, create employment for the army of unemployed youths, and usher in prosperity for the country and its peoples.”

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