The Impact of Agricultural Sector on Economic Growth in Nigeria

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Agricultural Economics of Nigeria:
Paradoxes and Crossroads of
Multimodal Nature

Professor Eric C. Eboh
Professor of Agricultural Economics
University of Nigeria

CONTENTS
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

2

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CONCEPTUAL APPROACH OF THIS INAUGURAL
LECTURE

6

REFLECTIONS ON THE STRATEGIC ROLE OF
AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY

8

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AGRICULTURE FROM THE LOOKING GLASS OF
MAN’S ECONOMIC HISTORY

16

AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY FROM
PARADIGMATIC VIEWPOINTS ABOUT
THE STATE VIS-A-VIS MARKET

21

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NIGERIAN AGRICULTURE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE
OF MODELS OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
29

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AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FROM THE LOOKING
GLASS OF EVOLUTION OF NIGERIA’S POLITICAL
ECONOMY

38

THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY: THE PARADOX
INSIDE OUT

52

CONCLUSION: TACKLING THE PARADOX IN THE
MARCH TO Y2020

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CONSULTED LITERATURE

82

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PROTOCOL
Mr. Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Distinguished
Professors, Very respected Colleagues, Lions and Lionesses,
Ladies and Gentlemen …………
It gives me great pleasure to have this distinguished opportunity to present my Inaugural Lecture. I am very happy for this
privilege of giving Inaugural Lecture as a Professor in this University.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to start by dedicating this Lecture and this occasion to the Almighty and All-Knowing God for making this day a
reality. Let me thank most importantly my dear parents and
mentors, Evangelist Frederick and Deaconess Lucy Eboh, for
their exceptional gracious love and care. I thank them for
molding me in character, faith and learning. May God give them long life and good health to behold and enjoy the fruits of their investments in their children. Amen.
I give special thanks to my darling wife, Ogugua, for her
extraordinary support, love and care. Today marks almost 15
years since we exchanged marital vows. I am unequivocal that the fateful day marked a watershed in my life and career. With the benefit of hindsight, I am very delighted to observe that our marriage became an important motivation for progressive career 3

mobility. Since 1996, she has continuously created an enabling environment for my academic and intellectual life. I remain
highly grateful to her.
Without doubt, beginning from primary school through
university education, I have been positively impacted upon by several teachers, administrators and scholars, both in Nigeria and overseas. Whatever knowledge I have accumulated and use
today has been given to me by others. I am not a ‘self-made man’. While I would mention some persons as a mark of my
gratitude and appreciation, the list here cannot be exhaustive of all those who have in one way or the other contributed and still contribute to my research and academic career.
I would like to pay tribute to Mr. S. Nwakwanogo, of blessed memory, who imparted key reading and study skills to me as
early as my primary school age. In the same vein, let me thank all the teachers who taught me at the secondary school level. I particularly thank Mr. J. Usifo (English Teacher), Mr. J. O. Ogigie (Mathematics Teacher), Mr. A. J. O. Aliemeke

(Geography and Senior House Master), Mr. Okoh (School
Principal) of blessed memory, Mr. C. O. Oteh (Economics
Teacher) and others.
My educational development benefitted immensely from my
one-year stint at the Lower Six Geography class at Edo College Higher School Certificate during the 1979-1980 class. Let me therefore thank Mr. Emuhen, Biology Teacher and Mr. Aigbe,
the School Principal and others.
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I give thanks to all the lecturers, administrative and technical staff who contributed to the success of my Bachelors Degree
programme in Agricultural Economics at the University of
Nigeria, from 1980-1985. Very specially, I am very grateful to Professor Felix I. Nweke, who graciously supervised my
Bachelors Degree thesis during the 1984-85 academic session. He taught me research and...
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