Enugu community urges governments to use agriculture to tackle security challenge
Native of Adogbalato community in Awgu Council of Enugu State have urged government at all levels to make agriculture sector attractive through human-oriented programmes and policies, as a way of taking teeming unemployed youths off the streets and curb criminal activities.
They noted that though, successive and present administrations did their best in the sector, there is need for more efforts towards encouraging farmers for aggressive food production.
The natives said that if properly harnessed, agriculture sector has the capacity to change the security situation in the country, because it would help check youth restiveness, by keeping the jobless youths busy, since “an idle mind, they say, is the devil’s workshop.”
The community further said that if properly funded, the needed enabling environment created, the sector can address the issue of food shortage in the country.
In his speech at his palace during the 2022 Adogbalato new yam festival celebration, yesterday, at the Orie Awgu market square, the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Christopher Oti, said as the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy, there is need for government to accord the all important sector the attention it deserves in the interest of the country.
The Monarch, who, during the celebration, gave awards to best yam famers of the year in the locality, noted that agriculture remains one of the key sectors that drive the economies of many nations; hence, the need for political leaders to place it among their priority areas when making yearly budgetary allocations.