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Engage young people in agric to avoid food crisis, Lagos lawmaker advises

A group, the African Youth Initiative for Good Governance and Peace, has implored Nigerian youths to shun unhealthy eating habit and engage in adequate nutrition that aids mental acuity, enhance proper growth and development.
 
The group gave the charge during the commemoration of the International Youth Day (IYD) with the theme, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health,” in Lagos.
   
The convener of the group, Oyewole Michael, said the theme highlights the need for youths to be intentional about making informed decisions on the food choices through increasing global education on the healthiest and most sustainable options for both individuals and the environment.

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ALSO, a member of Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Committee on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mojisola Kehinde Alli-Macaulay, has said that youths must be brought on board to embrace agriculture to avoid food crisis, while providing wealth for themselves and future generations on a sustainable basis.

Alli-Macaulay, who spoke with The Guardian, yesterday, on the theme of this year’s IYD, 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.

According to her, youths are the future of any nation, adding that they form the essential kernel of any meaningful civilisation, as bringing them on board and securing their interests in agriculture would be key to the country’s development.

The lawmaker charged youths to contribute as much as they could to the nation’s growth through 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, saying: “It is therefore important to increase and enhance food production on a sustainable basis and with over 45 per cent of the population being youths. It is important to engage them.

“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.”

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