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Moulding Nigeria into a nation (7)

All persons elected to the legislature would thus be expected to have regular jobs and would only sit in the hallowed chambers of the national assembly on occasions that require legislative business. To describe this as a recommendation of seismic proportions would be an understatement.

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Moulding Nigeria into a nation (3)

LAST week I discussed how issues of ethnicity and diversity have continued to plague Nigeria since independence. Prior to that I had detailed how the independence Constitution, following meticulous planning by the nation’s founding fathers, had addressed that same diversity and put in place a system of government that ensured that the regions making up the country thrived

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Moulding Nigeria into a nation

“It is clear that the fate which has befallen Nigeria is not too different from that which has befallen other African countries. Since 1885 when the area Nigeria was shared to Britain, Nigerians have not been able to imbibe the spirit of nationhood. The fact is that every Nigerian is firstly a member of his ethnic group before he is a Nigerian.”
IN the past weeks I discussed extensively how Nigeria can revive agriculture as a means of recovery from its current economic challenges. As a marker of how deep the problem is, the government some days ago established a task force on food security.

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Nigeria and Economic Recession: Way out (8)

“In the absence of improved food processing methods and storage facilities, the fear of losing these products due to the effects of nature is one factor that may prevent farmers from engaging in their cultivation on a much larger scale than that which exists at the moment. Therefore it may be counter-productive for any farmer to heed the call of government by participating in whatever measures are introduced to boost crop production without assurances that facilities will be put in place for the storage of the products.”

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Nigeria and Economic Recession: Way out (7)

Last week in continuation of my examination of the huge potentials of Agriculture as a means out of getting Nigeria out of the current economic crisis, I focused on the advantages of the River Basin Development Authorities established in 1976 by the regime of the then General Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR. I concluded by calling on government to to revisit the river basin schemes in order to improve agricultural fortunes of Nigeria.

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Nigeria and Economic Recession: Way out (Revival of Agriculture) (4)

LAST week I stated how over reliance on oil revenue by successive Nigerian governments had contributed to the current economic crisis in the country. I highlighted how Nigeria had failed to prepare adequately for the slump in the price of crude oil despite the fact that similar slumps had occurred in the past and how despite the warning signs, the country had undertaken measures such as creation of more states all of which have contributed to the present state of the economy

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