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Agric minister says hunger in the country will last for a while

07 September 2016, 12:20

Ebonyi -  Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh said on Tuesday, that hunger in the country will last more than expected, Sun reports.

Ogbeh said this when he inspected the Ebonyi State Government Demonstration Farm in Ezillo during operation ‘One man, one hectare’ agricultural programme initiated  to boost agriculture in the state.

He blamed the past administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan for depending on importation and crude oil exploration, which he said, caused hunger in the country.

“Past administrations in the country depended wholly on oil and resorted to massive importation.

“The country imported virtually every item; from toothpicks to palm produce but, the country doesn’t have money again to import,” he said.

He noted that the Federal Government has decided to go into massive production with much emphasis on agriculture.

“The hunger in the land might last for a while, but soon, there will be enough food in the country and also for export.”

He advised politicians to have a ‘second address’ because political office can end abruptly while they can peacefully go into farming.

Meanwhile a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has claimed that the country should set itself for a prolonged recession, predicting that citizens will wallow in economic woes until 2020 according to News24.

Agbakoba advised the Federal Government to return the Treasury Single Account back to commercial banks, while creating a supervisory agency to monitor it.

- News 24

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