Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has urged Nigerians to see the prevailing recession in the national economy as the best opportunity for self and national discovery.
Governor Ahmed made the call when the Emir of Borgu in Niger State, Barr. Muhammed Sani Dantoro paid him a courtesy visit at the Government Lodge in Ilorin, the state capital.
Dr Ahmed who noted that since the recession came with a lot of economic and social challenges, it was important that Nigerians remained strengthened and focused on the need to overcome the recession, recalled that many developed countries of the world, including the United States of America, Germany, Canana, Spain and Ireland, have had recession and came out of it stronger, adding that nothing should make the Nigerian experience different.
Dr Ahmed suggested that to hasten the recovery, diversification of the economy through agricultural development is the panacea.
“We must take advantage of God given opportunities. This is the best time to do it. When you are in a recession, take advantage of yourselves and move on as a country”, he said.
He called for agricultural development synergy between Borgu Emirate in Niger State and Baruten and Kaiama local government areas of Kwara State in the drive for the diversification of national economy.
“It is becoming clearer that except we imbibe an agricultural economy which is expected to translate into being able to feed ourselves and to create wealth, the desired economic growth may not be achieved”.
The Emir of Borgu, Barr. Muhammed Sanni Dantoro said his visit was to strengthen the bond between the people of Borgu Kingdom and their Kith and Kin in Kwara State.
The Emir urged the governor to use his good offices in ensuring that the federal roads such as Wawa-Kaiama road which connect the communities receive necessary interventions from the federal government.
He also urged the political class to ensure that national unity was not jeopardized as “the unity of this country is paramount for national development”.