Recession: Agriculture is the only alternative to oil – Dickson

Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson on Monday said investment in the agriculture sector was the only alternative ticket that could take Nigeria out of its current recession, instead of dependence on oil.
The governor made the assertion at Igbogene, a suburb in the outskirts of Yenagoa, during the 21st Farmers’ Day celebration under the auspices of Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s(NAOC) Green River Project (GRP).
Dickson, represented by his Deputy, John Jonah, urged Nigerians to embrace agricultural revolution sweeping across states of the nation, as a way of realising sustainable socio-economic development.
“I was very impressed with what I saw here because it is in line with what Bayelsa state government stands for.
“With this, I state that there is no other way to go in this country today. The only route to go to achieve prosperity is self-reliance in farming.
“These actions by Agip will not only to get our farmers empowered but also trained; it is very commendable and I urge you to continue with it.
“ A good head with a good heart is what we need to move forward. Thankfully, Agip has a good head and heart and thus they gave to us.
“They have assisted in training and also empowering our young and old men and women who were once focused on oil as the only source of living and I am certain that they are benefiting from it today.
The governor implored all to embrace the emergence of agricultural revolution, saying “we have the farms for it and the mechanised aspect has been inculcated in them.”

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