‘Disdain for expert advise bane of managing Nigeria’s economy’

Aerial view of buildings and markets on Lagos Island.

National chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ochudo Martin Agbaso, has identified indifference to expert opinion, as one of the setbacks to effective management of the country’s economy.

Speaking with The Guardian against the background of the recent rejection of yam exported to the United States on grounds of excess humidity, he said he had proposed a cooperative commodity export scheme to take care of rural farmers and small-scale exporters.

Agbaso, who is now into large scale multi-crop farming, explained that exporters in the scheme could reap desired benefits if necessary exposure and track record are developed with which banks could measure their performance.

Lamenting Nigeria’s recent experience with yam export, he recalled that brokers abroad also rejected Nigerian rubber, because it attracted vey low prices and hazardous discriminatory practices, principally because of absence of quality control, resulting in poor packaging.

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