- Wale Oyekoya, the former chairman of the Lagos chamber of commerce and industry, said the problem of average Nigerian is food security
- Oyekoya called on the federal government to focus more on the agricultural sector in the country
- He, however, accused some political leaders of supporting food importation because of their selfish interest
Wale Oyekoya, the former chairman of the Lagos chamber of commerce and industry, on Thursday, August 23, declared that the policies of the federal government have little or no effect on the average Nigerian.
The agricultural expert and farmer who made this known during his appearance on Channel TV programme, Sunrise Daily, said the government need to focus more on the nation’s agricultural sector.
Oyekoya said: “All these policies are not really trickling down or showing on the stomach of average Nigerians. Yes, there have been so many robust ideas by the federal and state governments; but I’m here to be corrected if most of these farmers are really benefitting.”
The expert claimed that less than 15 per cent of farmers benefited from the disbursement of billions of naira by the previous government under the programme.
He added that a part of the fund was benefitted by “political farmers” and more problems were surfacing as the present administration address the issue.
The farmer said: “Definitely, there have been so many policies and the problem has always been the implementation of most of these policies.
“See, it’s a game they play and it’s a bad time that we keep deceiving Nigerians in the process of achieving political points. An average Nigerian will tell you that there is a problem in this country in terms of food security.”
The agricultural expert also condemned a situation where the country still imports certain food, saying such is not good for its economy.
According to him, Nigeria is blessed with fertile soil and good atmosphere while the assertion that the nation is self-sufficient in rice production is a lie.
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Oyekoya accused some political leaders of supporting food importation because of greed and urged the government to come to the rescue of farmers in the country.
According to him, “We have no business importing any food into this country,” he insisted, saying, “We are doing that because of the greed of some of our leaders; because they capture some of these interventions and instead of them to spend the money here, they spend it elsewhere.”
“Look at the price of maize today, do you believe that more than half of the maize we use in this country are still being imported? By the time you produce yours, there is no way you can compete with the importation of some of these things.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the chairman Senate committee on media and public affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, said about 3.7 million persons in 16 out of the 36 states and FCT were currently faced with food insecurity.
Abdullahi made this known on Tuesday, August 14, in Abuja at the second conference of the “Feed the future Nigeria agricultural policy project organised by International Food Policy Research Institute.
He remarked that several factors drove the nations challenging food and nutrition outlook. The senator said it includes civic conflicts, climate change, and large scale of displacement, others are high food prices, poverty and high population amongst others.
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