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A Professor of Economics at the University of Ilorin, Raji Abdulgafar Bello, has called on the Federal Government to work towards the diversification of the nation's economy as a way of ensuring peace, progress and prosperity.

Prof. Bello, who made the call last Tuesday (April 5, 2016) while featuring on a Unilorin 89.3 FM weekly current affairs programme, 'Oro T'onlo', opined that the effective exploration of all sectors of the economy is a panacea to sustainable development.

The don advised President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of priority, embark on agricultural revolution, tourism development, revitalisation of small and large scale industries, among other sectors of the economy, in order to bring back the nation's past glory.

He also canvassed the need for Nigerian youths to develop positive attitude towards entrepreneurial skills and viable vocational skills so as to become employers of labour rather than job seekers.

According to him, the diversification of the nation's economy will create a good platform for massive employment generation in the country.

Prof. Bello, who is the Chairman of Unilorin Petrol Board of Management, explained that there was nothing wrong with Nigeria as a country but that the system in operation is faulty. He then advised people in authority to have a change of attitude if we are serious about moving this country forward.

On the recently passed 2016 budget, the Professor of Economics maintained that the content of the budget was perfect, but called for proper monitoring and implementation of the budget if Nigerians ate to positively feel its good impact.

Speaking on the efforts of the Unilorin Petrol Unit to rescue the members of the University community from the lingering fuel scarcity, Prof. Bello explained that the Board was working round the clock to ensure massive supply of fuel on campus.