Desert en­croach­ment ren­ders youths job­less–Zoro

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

A mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Ga­garawa, Gumel, Sule-Tankarkar and Maigatari fed­eral con­stituency, Sani Zoro has called the at­ten­tion of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to the menace of de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion.

He said that the alarm­ing rate of desert en­croach­ment into his con­stituency re­quired an ur­gent so­lu­tion as it has ren­dered farm­ing im­pos­si­ble in the area as with re­duced rain­ing sea­son.

Zoro spoke yes­ter­day while open­ing his fed­eral con­stituency of­fice at Gumel lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of Ji­gawa state say­ing, the in­fer­til­ity of the soil cou­ple with short­age of rain­fall in the area ren­dered most of the youth job­less.

He ar­gued that his con­stituency be­ing an agri­cul­tural so­ci­ety, ma­jor­ity of the youth earn a liv­ing through farm­ing but with the prob­lem of desert en­croach­ment most of th­ese youth were now ren­dered job­less.

Zoro, a former Pres­i­dent of Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ) added that one could imag­ine the pos­si­ble con­se­quences, when agri­cul­ture the ma­jor em­ployer of labour failed in area say­ing that where a ma­jor source of live­ly­hood crum­bled ab­jects poverty sets in.

He said, “un­for­tu­nately, in my con­stituency which is neigh­bor­ing Niger Re­pub­lic 70 per­cent of the youth are liv­ing in ob­ject poverty due to the fact that they were ren­dered job­less as a re­sult of desert en­croach­ment, he said.

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