An expert in agriculture, Mr. Zigha Ayibakuro, says Bayelsa State and the entire Niger Delta region is blessed with huge economic potentials that can attract massive investment opportunities for the people of the area.
He noted that aside oil and agriculture, the region is blessed with natural resources, from the creeks to the lands, stating that the potentials of the area are yet to be fully harnessed by investors.
Ayibakuro, in an interview with our correspondent in Yenagoa, encouraged Bayelsans to learn and imbibe the culture of production and stop depending on government for handouts all the time.
He stated that rather than invest only in the hospitality industry, Bayelsans should develop other businesses that are also very lucrative so that the state will move away from its mono-economy status.
“Nobody was born with a business head, people learn it and build a culture around it. Bayelsans, we have always done business through fishing and trading. There is nothing wrong with other businesses such as hotels or car wash centres and the likes but majority of Bayelsans today are not in business because we do not have business as a culture.
“Again the challenge is the fact that the people are yet to invest in themselves and cultivate the patience required to invest in these natural resources than looking for quick rich schemes. The communities and creeks have a lot of natural resources stored in them and they should be looked into instead of only depending on crude oil”, he said.
The Bayelsa-based entrepreneur added that making money is not an event but a process, “it is a function of many things, one of the first things people should do is to learn to invest in themselves first. Invest in knowledge, skills acquisition, invest in being a better version of themselves daily and they will grow in the process of making money.
“The clamour for people to become rich or wealthy is not a bad thing but it is a process just like a big mango tree that emanated from a mango seed, most times the seed is not seen because it is planted under the ground.
“Generally, in this part of the world people are used to instant gratification, people just want to make money instantly this does not work with money, if an individual wants to make money he/she must learn, invest in knowledge, books, learn about wealth, learn to be productive not by jumping the crowd”, he added.