Shippers' Council advocates revamping Nigeria's economy through agriculture

L-R: Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barr. Hassan Bello; Kwara State Gov., Abdulfatah Ahmed and Director, Commercial Shipping Services, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Mrs Dabney Shall-Holma

Mrs Dabney Shall-Holma, a director with the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) has urged the Federal Government to use agriculture to revamp Nigeria's economy.
Shall-Holma who is the director in charge of Commercial Shipping Service, made the call in Ilorin at a summit held recently on how cargo airports could support easy and fast movement of agricultural produce to various destinations.

She said that agriculture remained the viable backward re-integration option for the country in view of the sector’s potentials to create greater job opportunities for unemployed youths.

Shall-Holma emphasised the need for the country to shift from heavy reliance on mono economy to diversification to boost non - oil revenue by paying greater attention to agriculture.

Shonga Farmers in Ilorin at the event

The NSC director said rapid development of air transportation to enhance movement of the abundant agricultural produce to the international market was an integral aspect of diversification of Nigeria's economy.

Shall-Holma said the airfreight sector held great potentials for future
of the nation’s export and would make Nigeria gain a lot from perishable, time sensitive and high valued agricultural produce.

"Nigeria is naturally and abundantly blessed in agriculture and now is the time to regain its lost glory as the mainstay of the country’s economy before oil gained prominence.

"What has happened to our cocoa, cotton, tomato, groundnut, cashew,
water melon, rice, yam, cassava and wheat?," she asked.

Shall-Holma said the hinterland cargo/ freight business must be promoted if Nigeria must grow like the developed

She called on the government to support and encourage farmers
by ensuring that their produce is delivered to local and international markets of their choice.

Shall-Holma commended Kwara government for building a cargo airport
terminal and developing the Shonga commercial farm and urged other states to emulate her in reviving the agricultural sector.