Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, immediate past National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has decried Nigeria’s continued dependence on oil.
Ibrahim disclosed this on Monday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen at the APC National Secretariat after obtaining the party’s Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest for the governorship of Gombe in 2019.
He said that being self-sufficient was the only way states of the federation, especially North-East states, could sustain their economy.
He, however, added that he would give health and education priority and ensure the diversification of Gombe’s economy if elected.
He said he would ensure youths’ involvement in commercial activities, adding that his administration would leverage on mechanization.
“I want to equally say that we have to farm round the year, not the seasonal approach, because if you farm for months and wait for eight months doing nothing, of course, you will be poor.
“These are the things that are bringing insecurity, particularly in my zone because many people are not engaged in economic activities or businesses.
“So, we have to do something to ensure that our people are better in terms of generating income,’’ he said.