|Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub|
Member representing Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub, has called on Nigerians to look inwards in the things they consume in order to take the country out of its present economic doldrums and set a quick pace for its economic recovery.
Speaking with National Assembly reporters,Tuesday,in his office in Abuja, Hon. Buba said Nigerians must learn to produce what they consume and patronise what they produce to cushion the current pressure from over-dependence on imported commodities and falling oil prices in the international market.
Arguing that Nigeria,which he described as one of the most endowed countries in the world in both human and natural resources,has over the years failed to concentrate on what it has and make the best use of them to grow its economy,the lawmaker said the present economic hardship is part of the price the country has to pay for its failures of the past and the corruption that once ruled in all facets of our national life.
“Definitely,with our past mistakes and the problem of insurgency in the Northeast , where farmers had been sacked from their farms and farming activities disrupted for sometime,”the Honourable Member said,”the issue of large-scale hunger is not unexpected .But,again,we must not also forget that several billions of Naira had also been looted by various individuals in public offices before now.Imagine the kind of revelations and recoveries this Administration is making ,even from the wife of the immediate past President.These are practical things that people see,which are devoid of politics and cannot be politicised as some would have us do”.
While stressing the need for Nigerians to return to farming as a means of getting our economy working again,in line with the Buhari Administration ‘s initiative on diversifying the nation’s economy,the Adamawa State-born lawmaker and farmer said low revenue from oil-exportation has plunged oil-producing countries of the world into economic woes and recession and wondered why Nigerians cannot take advantage of our highly productive land, water ,climate and other resources to grow our local production to global affluence when some countries depend on only one crop to earn national revenue.
Hon. Buba,however, lauded the efforts of the Buhari Administration for keeping the Nigerian nation running on a promising note in the face of falling oil prices and pipeline vandalism by Niger Delta militants,stressing that,with the level of budget implementation in sight and the judicious application of recovered funds by the Administration that has budgeted over N6 Trillion in the current fiscal year ,the economy would be up and doing in no distant time.
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