Nigerians urged to see lifeline in agric
Nigerians have been urged to see agriculture as the country’s immediate lifeline, considering the inconsistency in the price of oil and the recession hence the call to massively engage in agriculture and agro-related activities.
Rector of the Federal College of Horticulture at Dadin Kowa, in Gombe state Professor Fatima B. J. Sawa made the call at the weekend during the graduation ceremony of the 900 women and youths trained under the Honourable Yakubu Dogara’s Zonal Intervention Project for Women and Youths in Agricultural Products and Practices.
“We all know what is happening in the country, agriculture is our only lifeline for now because we cannot depend on crude oil again due to the instability in prices, and even the production and the crises in the production region.
“We are blessed in Nigeria with vast agricultural land which, if we put into use effectively, we will feed ourselves very well and even export our produce to other countries.
“But we have relegated agriculture t the background and waiting for allocation all the time. Thank God for opening our eyes, the reality has dawned on us that agriculture is the only way out.
“So I want t commend Mr. President’s foresight for looking at agriculture as the best alternative for Nigeria,” she said.
Professor Fatima B.J. Sawa also commended the Speaker for keying into the diversification programme.
She urged Nigerians particularly the youths to exploit and explore the opportunities provided by agriculture instead of waiting for the white-collar jobs they may never get
Honourable Aminu Tukur who represented Dogara at the event said there were series of programmes being embarked upon by the Speaker in other places, assuring the constituents that the programmes would be sustained.
Aside from the recent graduating trainees, about 1,500 women and youths from across the country have been trained under different programmes by the College since Professor Sawa took over about two years ago.