Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former Nigerian President, said in London, United Kingdom that the last administration, which he headed significantly, reduced corruption in the agricultural sector with the help of a simple mobile phone.
Jonathan made this known in a speech titled “Civis Nigerianus Sum” – I am a citizen of Nigeria,” which he delivered recently at Bloomberg Studios, London, United Kingdom.
The former Nigeria’s leader said the administration achieved the exploit by providing an e-wallet to farmers, which grew the percentage of registered farmers receiving subsidy from 11 percent to 94percent, adding that in the process the government was able to save billions of Naira in fertiliser subsidies.
“We drastically reduced corruption in the agricultural sector with the help of a simple mobile phone. We achieved this by providing an e-wallet to farmers, which grew the percentage of registered farmers receiving subsidy from 11percent to 94percent. And in the process we were also able to save billions of Naira in fertiliser subsidies,” he said.
He stressed that beyond job creation, Nigeria like other developing countries face the challenges of corruption, which is a stumbling block to the development of nations.
He, however, noted that through technology, which was part of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, (ATA) Nigeria greatly boosted food production and saved almost a trillion Naira on food imports.
“This one initiative had the benefits of improving food security, creating more jobs and reducing inflation to its lowest levels in over 5 years,” he said.
Jonathan stated that his ambition was to use the same technology to sanitize the corruption in petroleum subsidies by completely deregulating the sector, which was unfortunately frustrated by unhealthy political resistance.