In order to rebuild the economy and boost food production in the post-COVID-19 period, the Federal Government has been called upon to look inward and partner universities of agriculture in the country to encourage mass production of food.
The Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu gave the advice over the weekend at the 2020 World Television Day organised by the Consolidated chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists in Ogun state.
Olomu who spoke on the theme: ‘Building a Post Covid-19 Nigeria’ said for the government to rebuild the economy, it must also invest massively in agriculture and other sectors of the economy such as tourism.
The medical expert noted that if Universities of Agriculture were well-funded and supported with the necessary equipment, there would be no fear of food insecurity in the post-COVID-19 Nigeria.
While he also urged the government at all levels to develop the human capital and provide effective healthcare system, he noted people are at the centre of everything.
He advocated for a special university of health to cater to the inadequacies in the workforce of health workers in the country.
On his part, the Chairman, Ogun NUJ Consolidated chapel, Mr. Kazeem Olowe said this year’s celebration of World Television Day took the advantage of looking at the aftermath of the pandemic, “which is building a post covid-19 Nigeria with a focus on the country’s health sector- challenges and opportunities.”
He said the year 2020 was loaded with many events that affected human well-being such as prolong battle with Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown to the EndSARS protests, coupled with the ASUU strike, fuel and electricity tariff increase.
He promised that broadcast journalists in the state would continue to be peoples advocate and promoter of truth, fairness, justice and equity.
He said, “We shall continue to write credible reports, serve as watchdogs in the society and remain committed to the promotion of professional standard.”