By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—A chieftain of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, yesterday, called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to make job creation, diversification of the economy and agriculture pivotal in his administration.
Ezeemo made the call at Ezzamgbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State after a visit to Dr. Sam Egwu’s farm at Umuebe.
According to him, over- dependence on the oil sector gave rise to what he described as a mono-economy which had over the years jeopardized the economy of the country.
He said he was at the farm to acquaint himself with the type of farm equipment available at Umuebe Farms so as to expand and improve on the scope of his own farm in Anambra State.
He said: “I, therefore, enjoin Nigerians, especially politicians, to go into agriculture to create job opportunities for our teeming unemployed youths and at the same time help boost the nation’s economy.
“I want to embark on a full scale agriculture now that the world is facing serious recession due to the oil glut, that is why I decided to visit Sam Egwu’s farm to widen my experiences.
“A first hand information of the workings and management of the farm would go a long way in assisting me to go into big time agriculture in order to contribute to the war against hunger.
“I operate a farm in my country home in Umuchu Aguata Local Government Area of the state and currently farms crops such as corn, okro, maize; various vegetables, poultry, piggery, among others, are grown.
“You know that nobody has a monopoly of knowledge or ideas; farming is one of my hobbies and I wish to go into very big farming, enough to create good jobs for my people, that is to say I am looking at having a very big mechanized farm.