Osogbo - The Leadership Factory, a
non-governmental organisation in Osun, has advised the state government to
diversify its economy, in order to rescue the state from its present economic
Mr Charles Adeyemi, the President of the group, gave the
advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo on Saturday.
He said that the current economic challenges facing the
country had made it imperative for the state government to urgently look into
ways of developing the agriculture and tourism sectors.
He said that the continuous fall in prices of crude oil in
the international market had underscored the need for the state government to
play less emphasis on its monthly allocations from the Federation Account.
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Adeyemi, therefore, urged the state government to focus its
attention on how to develop specific sectors of the economy that could generate
"The government must initiate measures and implement
policies that would alleviate the suffering of the masses,’’ he said.
He said that the state government should initiate projects
that would yield more revenue to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)
of the state.
Adeyemi, however, urged the government to carry along all
the stakeholders in the agriculture and tourism sectors in its efforts to
develop the sectors.
He also called for the establishment of public-private
partnerships in efforts to develop the state’s economy.
He, however, reiterated the need for the state government to
initiate and execute projects that would benefit the citizens of the state.