The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, said the days of Nigeria’s reliance on crude oil is over. He then urged the federal government to look beyond oil if the nation must secure economic prosperity. Ekweremadu spoke in Abuja at the 1st year anniversary of the Brickhall School founded by former Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Joy Emodi. Ekweremadu said: “Our economy is in the throes of pain today because we thought the oil windfall would last forever. Even while it lasted, we dismantled all the necessary structures, such as fiscal federalism, that would have encouraged competitive development and massive investment in human capital to enable us maximize our vast potentials as a nation. Without prejudice to the place of petroleum resources in our national life, we must face the reality that the days of oil as super earner of foreign exchange are numbered, if not over. Those who still look up to petroleum resources for the revival of Nigeria’s weather-beaten economy live in the past and are only building castles in the air”.