A former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Professor Michael Faborode has called for deliberate effort to produce and patronise technology developed locally for the growth of the Agriculture in Nigeria.
Professor Faborode warned against importation of tractors from Brazil, saying jobs mearnt for the youths will go to Brazil.
The Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Engineer gave the advice at the 2nd Annual Enginner Kashim Ali Lecture Series held in Auchi, Edo State.
His lecture’s theme was ‘Agricultural mechanisation and food production for youth empowerment: Engineering sustainable development.’
Professor Faborode said that Engineers could boost agriculture products if local technology was developed and patronised.
The former Vice Chancellor called for the development of agriculture value chains that would boost overall productivity of farmers in Nigeria.
He challenged indigenous engineeers to believe in themselves as well as rescue Nigeria from government’s plan of importing tractors from Brazil to the country.
According to him, “there must be a deliberate effort to produce locally. We must develop local technology. If we import from Brazil, the jobs will go to Brazil. We need to develop the technological know-how. If we do not encourage them, they will not develop.”
“Industrialisation is fuelled locally, hence local ingenuity must be encouraged. Every nation builds technologies based on their local demands. India imports less than five per cent of all the components that goes into the production of its tractors. Majority of the work is done and sourced locally,” he stressed.
Professor Faborode urged government to give jobs to Nigerian Engineers, saying they are among the best in the world.
He emphasised that investment in local technology and implementation of law would end building collapse in the country.
A former President of COREN, Kashim Ali said the recommendations by Professor Faborode would help to seek solutions to issues confronting the nation.
The immediate past Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, noted that some Nigerian engineers were facing reputational crisis due to their poor professional conduct in public office and private practice.
The President of the NSE, Adekunle Mokuolu expressed worry over the growing poverty in West Africa.
The event was jointly organised by Edo State University, Iyamho and Auchi branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.