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Engage youths in agric to solve Nigeria’s food crisis, grow wealth, says lawmaker

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Mojisola Kehinde Alli-Aacaulay

Member , Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Committee on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mojisola Kehinde Alli-Aacaulay has said that youths must be brought on board to embrace agriculture, as it remains the surest way to solving Nigeria’s food crisis while providing wealth for themselves and future generations on a sustainable basis.

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Speaking with The Guardian at her office, she congratulated Nigerian youths for their enormous contributions and commitment to building the country as well as their continued demand for good governance and sustainable development of the state and country. She pointed out that youths are the future of any nation and an essential kernel of any meaningful civilization, thus, bringing them on board and securing their interests in agriculture is key.

Speaking on the theme for this year’s IYD, Transforming Food Systems, Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health, she charged youths to contribute as much as they can to the nation’s growth through building development, innovation and inventions that would help make Nigeria a better place. She pointed out that agriculture on a large scale remains the wisest pursuit. In additional she stated how pivotal the youths to any economy advising that, “It is therefore important to increase and enhance food production on a sustainable basis and with over 45 percent of the population being youths, it is important to engage them.

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“I will like to applaud the Lagos State Government on the recent agricultural empowerment programme where hundreds of farm tools and implements were freely distributed to encourage youth participation in agriculture as well as to curb unemployment. I urge our youths to gear up towards transforming the food system and help curb food insecurity. Recently millions of youths around the world celebrated the annual International Youth Day and without doubt, any nation that wants to experience a rapid development must consciously prioritize the welfare and education of its youths.

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