Joël Aïvo communiant avec les femmes de Borgou Photo: page fb de Joël Aïvo

Since August 20th , Nigeria,the Benin’s big neighbor, has closed its borders. , people have suffered and do not know where to turn head. Voices are rising to offer runways. But Professor Joel Aïvo  goes further to release a shock therapy that can make Benin autonomous while preserving the bonds of good neighborliness.

The constitutional right professor goes from a confession to end up on what we should do in order to ensure food, financial and economic autonomy despite the eventual adventures. For Joël Aïvo, the solution was near with Bertin Koovi’s proposals that no one understood. The  Iroko Alliance President has long time  extolled that fundamental economy is the only path that can lead to success. In fact, the former dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science believes that the basic economy, far from being an incantation, is rather pragmatic and realistic.

If the Nigerian crisis so hits deeply the Beninese crowd, it’s because refering to Joël Aïvo, ” the basic economy has caught us “. Decades since , Benin count and stil counting on import while the nature has kindly endoweded us with natural wealth.”Imports make ridiculous the domestic production and export, almost derisory, is limited to a few raw and unprocessed products . We no longer eat what we produce and our consumption is satisfied by the import.Our rice mills are in Asia , our oil mills too, our farmers in Brazil, our craftsmen and our workers are in France, Turkey, China, etc., our supermarkets full of cultivated products, made outside and sent home by boat or plane. mineral, I say mineral water comes to us by boat, “regrets the professor.

What to do ?

To get out from the deadlock without perishing the relationship of Benin with  these  boarderline countries particularily Nigeria, we must, argues the professor, realize “ that we arer fed by others people, clothed by others , that we produce for others people  and very little for ourselves. ” he regrets.

This shall sound the knell for the import of foodstuffs, cloths, mats, …. The solution is fundamentally the on-site processing of products. The export of the raw material is harmful for the national economy. We must save at all costs, he advises, the economic champions in agribusiness, in textiles,… To conclude,  “let’s face it and take today resolutions and courageous decisions that will, in the short term, to reorient our economy towards our own needs ” . Joël Aïvo called out to conclude.



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