AGENE GODWIN, Benin
Former governor of old Midwest and Bendel States, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia Tuesday said the renewed destruction of oil facilities is a challenge for the federal government to look for alternative sources of revenue for Nigeria.
He also gave a pass mark to the one year old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari
The elder statesman, in an interview with newsmen at his residence in Benin City, said there was need to go back to agriculture which produced the groundnut pyramids in the North, cocoa pyramid in the West, palm oil and rubber in the Mid West and East which he said could not be bombed.
He said “My position, my personal opinion, is that the bombing and destruction of pipelines in the Niger Delta is a challenge to the country to look for an alternative source of funding. If we had paid attention to agriculture, as the North is producing groundnut, the West cocoa, the Mid-West palm oil and others do the same, nobody can sabotage the pipeline. The pyramids in Kano, you cannot get there to say you want to go and bomb it. The pyramids of cocoa in Ibadan, you cannot go and blow it off. It is because oil is passing through pipelines. Many years ago, when I suggested that all petrol stations should be connected to the pipeline direct to the refineries, they forced me down.
“The issue of bombing pipelines would not have arisen. But I suggest that we need to seat down and do more home work. We are not doing enough. All developments are preceded by planning and preparation and to plan, you must have information in your hand because of the many people you are planning for. To plan, you must know the number of people in your country you are planning for. You must know the daily needs of the people. Then you can plan a refinery that either can refine all the crude or you build a refinery that could produce half of your importation. So, there’s no alternative to having good planning and preparation. So, from what we have seen, Buhari has done well.”