The nation’s underdevelopment is as a result of over-dependence and total reliance on federal government statutory allocation (FGSA) by all tiers of government, the Caretaker Chairman of Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State, Dr. Andrew Usman Malgwi, said yesterday.
The council boss also said the lack of formidable policies and initiations towards the revitalisation of the agricultural sector for the rural populace which has made Nigerians lazy and dependent on white collar job was an additional problem.
Malgwi stated this in Marama town, Hawul Local Government Area, Borno State during a civic reception organised for him as a mark of honour by the Malgwi people to coincide with his 100 days in Office.
He said Hawul local government, predominantly agrarian with vast fertile land, will tap into the opportunity created by the present administration of Governor Kashim Shettima, which gives priority to agriculture to encourage the people to go back to farming.
He said, “we cannot but invest hugely in agriculture in order to ensure self-reliance for our people and increase the income generation of the council, and stop this over-dependence on stipends from Abuja.”
Malgwi disclosed that the council had already reintroduced Irish Potato farming as it was practiced in the past and had planted both oil and date palm trees on a large expanse of land in Kukurupu and Sakwa, in order to attract peasant farmers to go beyond subsistence farming.
He promised that fertilisers would be provided and sold at an affordable price to farmers, insisting that infrastructural development of the council was ongoing in line with one of the cardinal programmes of Governor Kashim Shettima.
He said “we have gone a long way in renovating and rebuilding new primary schools especially the newly constructed block of classrooms in Pakilama Community among others as well as the refurbishing and drilling of new boreholes in several locations of the local government.”
He therefore thanked the Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Usman Durkwa, the Member of House of the House of Assembly representing Hawul, Hon. Ayuba Wakawa, Ward executives of APC, party supporters, traditional and religious leaders, security agencies, family of Malgwi Clan, community leaders among others for their support and contribution to his administration, noting that without their efforts, all the achievements recorded within the last 100 days could not have been possible.