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Nigeria can no longer rely solely on oil – Jedy-Agba

Nigeria can no longer rely solely on oil - Jedy-Agba

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Nigeria can no longer rely solely on oil – Jedy-Agba

By Matthew Eloyi

The Minister of State for Power, Dr. Goddy Jedy-Agba has noted that Nigeria could no longer depend solely on oil as the driver of its economy.

The Minister, therefore, urged young people across the federation not to see farming as an unattractive venture, noting that agriculture represented the future of Nigeria.

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Jedy-Agba made this remark on Saturday while addressing young people in his country home in Utugwang, Obudu Local Government Area, Cross River State during the Obudu New Yam Festival.

According to the Minister, with the dwindling global prices of oil, electric car technology, and many more, Nigeria cannot continue to rely solely on oil as the driver of its economy. This is why President Buhari’s government is investing massively in agriculture.

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He urged the youths to support and pray for their leaders, saying agriculture “is the most viable solution to the issue of unemployment in Nigeria. We will not stop encouraging people. We are ready and willing to help our teeming youths anyhow we can succeed in agriculture.”

The Minister reminded his audience, who wanted him to celebrate the new yam festival with them, that before the oil boom in the 70s, agriculture was the mainstay of the nation’s economy.

He intimated to them that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, through its economic diversification drive “is investing hugely in agriculture through different schemes where farmers can access loans and grants.”

Nigeria can no longer rely solely on oil – Jedy-Agba

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