By Fatima Muraina
An Agriculture expert, Dr Emmanuel Moyin-Jesu has called on all the local governments in Nigeria to be agriculture friendly to improve the economy of the councils and the state at large.
Dr MoyinJesu, a Senior lecturer at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) gave the advice in a chat with The Hope.
He said local governments should target agriculture rather than spending excessive money on primary health care, saying availability of food does not give room to any disease.
” All the 774 local governments in Nigeria are fighting for autonomy which is good but what area do they want to spend the money on”?
“The eighteen local governments in Ondo state are not agricultural friendly, they must wake up because allocation from the federal government is dwindling, while our birth rate is increasing and when the time comes when the councils need money, where will it come from, Abuja?”, he asked.
He said they must begin to expand, pointing to the oil palm plantations at Okitipupa and the rubber estate Awolowo established in 1954 which have gone down the drain.
He stated that the local governments must wake up when talking about the Internally Generated Revenue, making agriculture very compulsory as it is on the concurrent list of the constitution.
He applauded the Ondo state government on the budget allocation for agriculture which he described as an improvement but need to meet the required 10 percent of the budget allocation.