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Ekiti can feed Nigeria well, says ex-envoy
Source: Punch ekiti.com News Section:  Ekiti Date: Monday, March 13, 2017

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Kamarudeen Ogundele,

Ado Ekiti

A former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Ambassador Dare Bejide, has said Ekiti State has the agricultural potential to feed Nigeria if right farming policies are adopted.

He also stressed the need for even spread of development to rural areas rather than concentrating on urban centres.

Speaking with reporters in Ado Ekiti, Bejide, who has indicated his intention to contest the 2018 governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party called for people’s participation in the act of governance.

He said, “A situation where an individual is calling the shots everywhere is not in the interest of the state.

“There is neglect of agriculture, we only talk about money coming from Abuja and how to distribute it. By virtue of our location, we should be able to provide food for Abuja and Lagos.

“People are not embracing farming because they don’t believe they can make it despite the huge potential in it.

“Government must provide the necessary political will and incentives to boost the sector to generate jobs and boost the IGR.”

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