IFAD President Advocates Right Policies For Agric Development

IFAD President Advocates Right Policies For Agric DevelopmentThe President of International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr Kanayo Nwanze, has challenged the federal government to create the right policies for the development of Agriculture in Nigeria.

He said that the provision of the necessary infrastructure for seamless production and transportation would add great value to the sector.

He was speaking in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, while visiting a private farm at Iboro in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.

“I think the nation has awoken to the fact that oil does not feed people.

“We have not gotten better; some people have gotten richer but the population has gotten poorer.

“We have to go back to basics and the basics and fundamentals for Nigeria’s development is agriculture,” he said.

The IFAD President said it was a shame that Nigeria spends a lot of money on unnecessary food importation into the country.

He warned that government must avoid policy somersaults in order to fully tap into the agricultural value chains for national development.

“I think we make the mistake by thinking government would do all.

“Government has primary responsibility – the right policies and social investments.

“They must provide basic social requirements – good roads, energy, electricity, water and access to financial services.”

While expressing the resolve to partner with government in the production of maize, sorghum and rice, he called on Nigerians to take advantage of government policies.

“The population has a responsibility to take advantage of those opportunities.

“Government cannot provide jobs for Nigeria’s 175 million people. It is impossible.

“If a government employs more than 15% of its population , it will go bankrupt,” he said.

 

Tech Trends: Reviewing Nigeria’s Growing Software Industry

softwareThe President of the Institute of Software Practitioners in Nigeria, Pius Okigbo, believes that significant progress have been made in the Nigerian software industry.

Okigbo was the guest of Channels TV’s Infotech programme, Tech Trends.

He credited government policies for the improvement as well as the general emphasis on the local content policy, although he expects more to be done.

“In terms of enforcement (of the policies), I wouldn’t put it in terms of strict enforcement.

“However there is some very strong awareness and understanding on the need to address local content particularly in the oil and gas space. In the financial services, we hope that that shift would begin at some point.

“When I say financial services, I’m not referring to just banks, I’m also referring to insurance companies and other financial institutions.

“So overtime there will be some greater emphasis on local content and luckily with the economic situation as it is today we are going to have to look inward for solutions because looking for the dollar to do things is going to be a nightmare,” he said.

He emphasized the need for Nigerians to embrace technology to solve management problems and the need for the government to further boost the development of the sector with favourable policies.

He also urged the Nigerian government to learn from Asian countries whose policies have ensured their rapid development in the software industry.