Gov. Dapo Abiodun will eradicate poverty, unemployment using Agriculture – Lamide Lawal
By: Razaq Yekinni
The Special Assistant (Youth Affairs) to the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Comrade Lamide Lawal (L.L) has lauded the activities and contribution of His Excellency, Prince Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun, MFR as he is striving and doing everything humanly possible to increase agricultural growth and food production in the state.
You will recall that the governor in his recent trip to the United Kingdom visited organizations with food processing plants to see their working and how much will be replicated in Ogun State and this is one of his drives to eradicate unemployment and poverty in the state.
According to the Governor’s aide, the current administration in Ogun State has always from inception prioritize the interest and activities that will benefit the entirety of the youths in the state. ‘‘If you look at the agricultural drive in the state now and the demography of the people involved lately, you will agree with me that the majority of them are youth’’, he said.
Speaking on the opportunities that are bound in the state, he made known that 80% of land in Ogun is arable thus; people trooping to the state for crop farming. Noting that several programmes, revolution, and innovations in the states a very clear indication that Prince Dapo Abiodun is true and sincere with food production and security in the state.
‘‘His Excellency is working hard to ensure that we are self-sufficient in the state and also feed the nation starting from Lagos State. A nation that conquers and can produce her most important basic need which is food is a strong nation and there is no way such nation can be an object of ridicule from any nation’’, Lamide Lawal continued.
He further made known that the state is not just looking into crop production but reasonable commitments have been made by the Dapo Abiodun led administration in the area of poultry birds and interested youth are benefiting from the state poultry production scheme where farmers are trained and after the training, the state will give 1,000 birds to them each to start their poultry business and this alone will gradually put an end to poverty and unemployment in the state as many of them have dependant they will have to carter for. They will be under this scheme for two years after which they are expected to be on their own and sustain the poultry business.
He again appreciated the choice of the governor on his choice of professional hands who are manning the Agricultural sector in the state, noting that the Commissioner for agriculture. Odedina is not just a commissioner but an erudite and an agricultural expert who knows what it takes to re-gig the sector and coupled with the fact that the governor usually ensures that capable hands are also engaged as consultants for any projects to be or executed in the state.