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Nigeria’s Land Tenure System Needs Evaluation To Encourage Farming – Adeyemi

Posted: Jun 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase,Lagos


Professor Isaac Adeyemi, Vice Chancellor Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun state, has said there is need for an evaluation of the land tenure system in Nigeria, especially for agricultural purposes.


He made this known while delivering the 9th annual lecture of the Wilson Badejo Foundation titled: Nigeria and the Rising Tide of Poverty: What Workable Socio-Economic Agenda for the Under Class’ in Lagos.


He said young farmers must be supported to have access to farming lands, stressing that Nigeria may have to revisit the farm settlement scheme successfully implemented in the old Western Region by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.


He added that the possibility of once again settling up commodity boards for guaranteed market prices for the farmers would have to be explored and that enabling environment needs to be created to encourage and support would be farmers.


Professor Adeyemi further stated that mechanization must be introduced especially with small scale agricultural implements that can be handled at farm level without relying on sophisticated machineries which will not only drain our foreign exchange but also for which there will be heavy dependence on imported replacement parts.


He also said supply of inputs such as improved seedlings; fertilizers must be available to farmers, if possible at subsidized rates.


However, Adeyemi noted that Nigeria, before the discovery of oil in 1956 and commencement of its exploration in 1958, was self-sufficient in food production, while a lot of agricultural produce like cocoa, palm oil, groundnut, cotton, rubber and forest product formed the bulk of export items.


“Nigeria was able to earn enough foreign exchange that enabled each of the three autonomous regions to develop and for an average Nigerian to live a decent and meaningful life.


The negative turn of things was brought about by the sudden ‘apparent’ wealth created by oil which encouraged migration from the rural to urban areas with the consequence of desertion and neglect or farming with negative consequence on employment and hence increase in the level of poverty.


Speaking further, he said the little gains of industrialization have being lost due to poor infrastructural facilities and dependence on imported raw materials for these industries, among other factors.


“These resulted in some of the industries producing at levels far below installed capacities; some have either closed down or relocated to some other African counties. The net effect is rising tide of unemployment and hence poverty,” he said.


He said inconsistency in government policies and lack of continuation of projects initiated by previous governments is another major cause of poverty.


“For instance, between 1986 and 2007 nine programmes were introduced to the adoption of millennium goals, prior to these, were the Operation Feed the Nation (OFN) and the Green Revolution. Most, if not all of these programme were terminated by successive government which resulted in colossal waste thereby fuelling poverty rate. All these programmes were aimed at alleviating poverty if continuity had been ensured.