Obasanjo Says: Agriculture Need To Be Develop With Science, Technology But Africa Failed

Obasanjo Says: Agriculture Need To Be Develop With Science, Technology But Africa Failed
Obasanjo Says: Agriculture Need To Be Develop With Science, Technology But Africa Failed

Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday said that the African continent had failed to take advantage of science and technology in developing agriculture.

Just as he noted that political leaders in the continent should be criticized for their incompetence to attain self-sufficiency in food produce in their various countries.

He said this at a lecture organised to mark his 86th birthday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, that God didn’t establish to be poor, asking Nigerians to criticize the leaders for lacking political will to turn the country into food basket of Africa.

I believe that God has not created Nigeria as a basket case. God has created Nigeria for a great purpose. At independence, the world didn’t relate to Nigeria as giant in Africa, no, they related to Nigeria as giant in the sun, Nigeria was further than giant in Africa, it was giant in the sun. But, not only have we not been giant in the sun, we haven’t even been giant in Africa. Some people called us giant with nature bases.

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So, that isn’t what God has created Nigeria to be, that’s what we Nigerians have inadvertently or advertently made Nigeria to be.

But, will Nigeria continue to be so, I believe no. So, we must continue to hold ourselves concurrently, pray and understand all the factors and the essentials that’s making us to be not the giant, but the dwarf of Africa and how we can get out of it and I believe and pray that we will get out of it.

Food security is really important and for as long as we aren’t kindly self-sufficient in food and nutrition security in Africa, we’re of course not doing the right thing for ourselves.
Until Ukraine war, I really didn’t realize how important we in Africa, nearly all of us in Africa depend on the Russians and the Ukrainians for wheat.

Wheat which is use to make bread is only carbohydrate, are there no carbohydrate food stuff that can be produced in Africa that we can be self-sufficient in. I know some of our countries can not produce wheat and this is the kind of thing that IITA have been doing. “

Science and technology have given us all that we need for food and nutrition security in Africa what’s left is political will and political action.

And if we fail not to have food and nutrition security we can not criticize our scientists, we criticize our politicians and our farmers, but further of politicians than farmers because I’ve been at the two helms and I can tell you that the farmers are ready if they’re given all the boosts and the motivation that should be given by the politicians.

The former Director-General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Netanyahu Sanginga, in his lecture, titled“ The Complex Dynamics in Achieving Food and Nutrition Security in Africa”, wondered why African countries still spend billions of dollars importing food, despite being blessed with rich land.

He indicated that Nigeria is boosting other countries Internally Generated Revenue at her own detriment by spending no fewer than N11 billion annually on food importation.

He affirmed that, the country must move from a consumption country to a producing nation, stressing that the action would help enhance the ambition of food and job security

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