The Governor of Kwara State has said Nigeria should not rely solely on crude oil, but also invest in agriculture and small and medium scale enterprises.
The Governor, stated this in Ilorin, on 16th October, 2019 during a meeting with the participants of Course 28 of the National Defence College.
AbdulRazaq and the participant were on a study tour of the state. The theme of the study tour was: “Economic Diversification and National Development in Nigeria.”
The Governor said that, “the study is very apt as the time has come for us to diversify our economy and drive growth to cope with our surging population.
“Our security as a country is directly linked to our ability to engage our population in productive endeavour and guarantee food security.”
He said his administration was prioritising small and medium scale businesses and agro-processing.
AbdulRazaq said “Kwara State under us is engaging with various companies to grow small and medium scale businesses.
“We are also encouraging bigger corporations to deepen their investments here. Very soon, the Kwara State Social Investment Programme will come on stream, especially targeted at lifting the poorest out of poverty line, empowering the artisans and small business owners and teaching skills to thousands of others.”
“We do not claim to know it all. Please feel free to offer us your own insights on how to achieve more in our journey to build a viable state.” he added.