By Raymond Osho
As part of efforts to reduce the current economic challenges in the country, the Ogun State government has unveiled move to provide 10,000 youths in the State with land and farming implements for farming.
The Deputy Governor, Eng. (Mrs.) Noimot Salako-Oyedele made the revelation in Abeokuta, the State capital on Tuesday July 2, 2019 at the 6th Waheed Kadiri Annual Lecture organised by the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP).
To execute the plan, the Deputy Governor said the State was on the move to partner with the Federal government.
Noimot reassured that the Dapo Abiodun administration was committed to providing enabling environment for people in the State to prosper wherever they are, adding that the administration would also support the Federal government to combat insecurity in the country.
Earlier in his lecture, the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Idris Ayinde bemoaned the high rate of poverty bedeviling the country.
Ayinde who spoke on the theme : “Food Security In Nigeria: Impetus For Growth And Development” stressed that 68 percent of Nigerians live in abject poverty, insisting that Federal government must come up with measures to reduce, if not totally wiped off poverty in Nigeria.
The erudite professor mentioned, among others, food insecurity as one of the challenges the country is currently facing.
He stated further: “It is global labeling that Nigeria has now become the world poverty capital with highest number of population living in extreme poverty reaching an alarming 91million in May 2019.
“The precarious state of food insecurity in Nigeria is occasioned by chronic and hidden hunger, extreme poverty, corruption, conflicts events and unfavorable climate change”.
He regretted the chronic and seasonal food insecurity which occure in every part of the country, saying “Chronic and seasonal food insecurity occure in every part of Nigeria, it escalated by frequent high food prices as a result of the impact of conflict events and climate change”.
The FUNAAB Professor of Agriculture proffered dissolution of conflict in Nigeria, proper handling of rural development projects and improvement of the agriculture sector as solution to the challenges.