By Stanley Onyekwere
To help reduce over reliance on crude oil, a strategic interactive initiative, Eneconomics Consultative Forum, with the mandate to embark on green economy yesterday debuted in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.
The convener of Eneconomics Forum, Mr. Enejo James, said the aim is to give people opportunity to go into agriculture and other sectors of the economy, as people irrespective of their educational backgrounds can go into agriculture.
He also used the event of the flag off to launch his book ‘Break the Box, Be Your Boss’.
The Chairman of the event, and a Presidential aspirant on the Platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo gave a lecture on the “Economic Imperatives for Sustainable Nigeria.”
Adebayo, who noted that most problems that we face in society have to do with economics, said, “If our politics is the politics of our economics, a lot of it is about our economic insecurity or how economic insecurity leads to other insecurities. If we are talking about power rotation, whatever we talk about, economics is in the background.”
He added that Nigeria has huge resources that makes her people wealthy even at birth but lack of intelligent leadership enmeshed with character and value to turn things around has been the problem.
On her part, President, Helpline foundation for the needy, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, who sponsored the initiative, said: “The green economy was introduced as a supplementary option which according to the Africa Development Bank in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria will contribute immensely to the growth of the economy in 2022.
Ahmadu adds: “This is an encouragement for every individual to look into agriculture, renewable energy and forestry as another means of growing the nations GDP. In no doubt agricultural sector is one of the best employer of labor in which one needs little or no formal education to venture into.
“The advantage of green economy cannot be over emphasized as it leads to several opportunities in a linear order for example the green economy will lead to green jobs, green production, green service that will affect the environment positively for example, it will lead to high welfare, better quality of life and green growth which will eventually lead to sustainable economic development that will propel economies on a sustainable growth path.”