Ekiti Ex-Deputy Governor
Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti
As part of efforts to help the diversification process of the President Muhammadu Buhari government, former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Paul Alabi, has called for proper investment in agriculture in all Nigerian universities.
He averred that the country would favourably attain the food security level if the federal government could replicate the farming investment of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti in at least two universities in each of the six geopolitical zones.
He said this in Ado Ekiti at the weekend during the 2016 Afe Babalola Food Security EXPO, where green leadership award were conferred on some Nigerians for their contributions to the agriculture sector.
Also speaking, Alabi, who is a renowned farmer, said the current economic recession caused by tremendous reduction in the price of oil at the international market and the shortfall in the production of crude oil are suffice to teach Nigerians strong lessons that they should embrace farming.
“I want to sound a note of warning that the current recession may linger if people, particularly the government that has enough money fails to invest heavily in farming. We must work on how to improve food production for us to get to self-sustaining level,” he said.