According to the Managing Director of Air Peace airlines, Mr. Allen Onyema, massive investment in Nigeria’s agricultural sector is vital in achieving the Federal Government’s goal on economic diversification.
Speaking on the sidelines of Israel-Nigeria Agrinnovation Seminar on Friday in Abuja, Onyema made the disclosure to newsmen at the event organized by the Embassy of Israel in partnership with the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, themed: “No room for small dreams”.
Echoing his thoughts, Onyema noted that the time was right for Nigeria to take a holistic look at agriculture as the mainstay of the nation’s economy, adding that oil would depreciate in the near future.
In his remarks, “The earlier we start looking the way of agriculture, the best for us; we are blessed with massive land in the north and that is the hope of this country in the future.
“If we key into it, then the country will benefit from it; the landmass in the north will someday bring this country out from its holes.
The MD noted that Agriculture was the right path to tread, as it will enable the creation of massive job employment for the youths. He added that with the technology coming in from Isreal, Nigeria will pride itself as a major exporter of food.
He said, “Even it will become the second oil; oil is extinguishing so the next hope is agriculture and nothing more.”
Onyema further lauded the working relationship between Nigeria and Israel, while also calling for more to be done through knowledge sharing on agricultural technology and entrepreneurship to achieve targets.
“Forget about the desert looking land, Israel has proven that you can farm even in deserts; the Israel Agric technology is laudable, it is something that can benefit Nigeria.” The Airline Mogul added.