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The Impact of Agricultural Sector on Economic Growth in Nigeria

Decent Essays
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

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CONCEPTUAL APPROACH OF THIS INAUGURAL
LECTURE

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REFLECTIONS ON THE STRATEGIC ROLE OF
AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY

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AGRICULTURE FROM THE LOOKING GLASS OF
MAN’S ECONOMIC HISTORY

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

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NIGERIAN AGRICULTURE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE
OF MODELS OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
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AGRICULTURAL SECTOR FROM THE LOOKING
GLASS OF EVOLUTION OF NIGERIA’S POLITICAL
ECONOMY

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THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY: THE PARADOX
INSIDE OUT

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CONCLUSION: TACKLING THE
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I am also grateful to other lecturers including Professor S. A. N. D. Chidiebelu and Professor O.
Okereke.
I give special thanks to the lecturers and students during the
1986-87 session of Masters Degree programme in Agricultural
Economics at the University of Ibadan. In particular, I received intensive guidance from Professor S. G. Nwoko, my thesis supervisor. He encouraged and inspired me so much towards quantitative and econometric methods. I note specially m y helpful interactions with Professor S. O. Olayemi, Professor F.
S. Idachaba and other academic staff.
I am greatly indebted to my supervisors in the Doctorate Degree programme, Professor O. Okereke and Dr. C. O. B. Obiechina.
Both co-supervisors provided me excellent atmosphere and friendly academic guidance that saw me through in my research and academic work from 1987-1991. Besides, many other academics contributed to the success of my PhD programme.
They include Dr. Karen Dvorak, Professor Y. L. Fabiyi,
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Professor E. C. Nwagbo, HRH Professor Emea Arua, Professor
S.A.N.D. Chidebelu, Professor E. C. Okorji and Professor Aja
Okorie.
I am most grateful for the peer support in the Department of
Agricultural Economics, since September 1989 when I started my academic career as lecturer. In this regard, I am thankful to colleagues including Professor Noble Nweze, Professor C. U.
Okoye, Dr. (Mrs.) Ifeyinwa Achike and Professor C. J. Arene.
Also, I recall collaboration with lecturers from
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