Crude Oil can no longer sustain Nigeria Economy – Kogi COMM
Kogi State Commissioner For Agriculture, Mr David Ape has called for the renewed efforts of developing oil palm production in the country, said it is a perfect alternative to crude oil.
Ape warned that the continuous dependence on crude oil by the Nigeria government may spell doom for the nations economy; hence the need to seek for alternative.
The Commissioner stated this on Monday at a one day stakeholders meeting to Promote Environmental Protection Through Replacement of Worn Out Oil Palm in Low Carbon Areas organized by Solidaridad West Africa in collaboration with Youth and Women Health Empowerment Project, (YAWHEP), Development and Female Gender Initiative, (DEGENDER), Intellect, and Participation Initiative For Behavioral Change in Development, (PIBCID). He said that the nation is richly blessed with abundant resources to feed itself and the rest of the world outside crude oil, lamented that Nigeria is drifting toward a direction which showed that only agriculture will save the nations economy from total collapse.
“In the early 50’s to late 70’s, the Nigeria economy was at its peak through agriculture until government shifted complete attention to oil. The oil which the government is depending upon now will soon come to a total halt.’ He urged farmers to key into Oil Palm production Development in the state, as both the federal and state governments are working tirelessly to promote agricultural production in the country.
In his paper presentation titled, ‘Effect of Deforestation and Non Replacement of Oil Palm Trees on Low Carbon Areas, the need for sensitization/community response to positive action to environmental protection”, Friday Ogezi, Senior Program Officer, ACTIONAID Nigeria stressed the need to build a sustainable ecosystem through best management practices to improve conservation and environmental protection.
“Evironmentalist argued that farming of oil palm tree is extremely bad for the planet. Palm oil production is said to have been responsible for the about 8% of the world deforestation between 1990-2008. (This is because of the impact when they are worn out).
“As such, replacement of this trees becomes important to ensure environmental protection, even though technical and challenging for large scale replacement. The need for alternate crops and farming systems that help conserve and promotes afforestation becomes necessary”.
The Managing Partner Intellect Associates A&J LTD, Odiba James said effect of climate change in the world calls for concerns, as their is scarcity of food stuffs in the country and high cost of living due to drop in production.
He noted that their is need for stakeholders to leverage on oil palm production to bring the desired changes in country.End