Almost every Nigerian has encountered a fraud (fraudster) at least once in their lifetime; either someone we know got duped or we got duped. It is a part of the Nigerian experience; almost like a rite of passage before you may refer to yourself as a bona fide Nigerian.
There are two varying opinions on fraud in Nigeria; most Nigerians hold fraud and fraudsters in high regard (until they are caught), while the others eminently reject and loathe fraud and fraudsters with passion and a dignified resort to doing their due diligence by exposing it in all shapes and form.
The reasons why the majority of Nigerians love and or admire fraud (fraudsters) are either because they are direct beneficiaries or because they enjoy the relatively ostentatious lifestyle of a fraudster as projected mostly on Facebook and Instagram. …
To talk about the importance of agriculture is not overemphasizing, especially with a population of over 200 million Nigerians to feed daily.
The problems of Agriculture in Nigeria is incomplete if we don’t talk about this value chain, agricultural marketing, which is the reason smallholder farmers are running at loss due to force sales, leading to high rate of poverty, over 40% postharvest loss as a result of poor access to diverse market, inadequate storage facilities, ineffective access to credits and long chain of middlemen.
Can we ensure food security this way? Afraid not, thus the need to boost agriculture through agricultural product export, as a means to make a significant profit and a good yield on investment. The dividends of agricultural practices lie in trading the farm commodities of these smallholder farmers. …
Stories of how viable and rewarding the investment in agriculture is can not be overemphasized because it’s the truth. Agriculture constitutes about one-third of the Nigeria GDP and is a sector identified as the highest employer of labor but Nigeria is still unable to produce enough to feed the 200 Million population, even reduce the 40% annual post-harvest wastage or the untapped $10 Billion in annual export opportunity
This sector is ridden with some problems which as constituted to its low growth and a farmer is either seen as a dirty or poor person.
This sector is dominated by smallholder farmers who work on an average of 4–5 acres of lands, with poor access to credits and other farm inputs even if provided by the governments, they have little access to diverse markets and are forced to sell at loss. …