AfDP pres­i­dent, Adesina be­moans high level poverty

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kate Da Costa in Ac­cra

The Pres­i­dent of the African De­vel­op­ment Bank (AfDB), Dr. Ak­in­wumi Adesina has listed in­clu­sive growth, in­creased ed­u­ca­tion and en­hanced pro­duc­tiv­ity in agri­cul­ture as panacea for the de­bil­i­tat­ing poverty level in the con­ti­nent.

He be­moaned the high level of poverty and un­em­ploy­ment in the re­gion and called on African gov­ern­ments to im­ple­ment ro­bust poli­cies to­wards the in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion of the agri­cul­ture sec­tor in or­der to en­hance rev­enue from ex­ports.

Dr. Adesina, who made the as­ser­tion at a fo­rum in Ac­cra, Ghana, ad­vised African gov­ern­ments to fo­cus on agroin­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion that would add value to their ex­ports and trans­form their economies from ex­porters of pri­mary prod­ucts to pro­cessed goods.

For in­stance, he said though Africa pro­duced about 70 per­cent of the world’s co­coa, its ra­tio in choco­late pro­duc­tion was three per­cent.

He de­clared that agri­cul­ture was a very vi­able sec­tor say­ing it pays and “no­body drinks oil. No­body drinks gas but ev­ery­body eats food.”

The former Nige­rian min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture also shared his suc­cess story, ex­plain­ing how food pro­duc­tion was given a boost in the coun­try un­der his watch as min­is­ter. The In­sti­tute of Peace and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion (IPCR) has do­nated some re­lief ma­te­ri­als to the Gwoza and Bama In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) camp in Du­rumi I Abuja.

Mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, Di­rec­tor, In­ter­nal Con­flict Preven­tion and Res­o­lu­tion of the in­sti­tute, Pe­ter Ok­para said the grand ob­jec­tive of the visit was for peace-build­ing.

He said that the IDPs have suf­fered a lot of dis­place­ment and trauma and his­tory has showed that most peo­ple who go through such har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence if not prop­erly han­dled and re­ha­bil­i­tated even­tu­ally turn the gun against so­ci­ety out of an­noy­ance.

“What we are do­ing is to go to dif­fer­ent IDPs camp to talk to them and also let them re­al­ize that the na­tion is with them in their dis­tress and also show them that what is hap­pen­ing to them can hap­pen to any­body in the so­ci­ety,” he said.

The Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor of De­velop and Safe the Nige­rian Child Ini­tia­tive, Gift Orairo whose NGO part­ner with IPCR in sup­port of the IPDs said they share in the pain of the IDPs.

Pic Onyekachukwu Obi

In­sti­tute of Peace and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion’s Di­rec­tor, In­ter­nal Con­flict Preven­tion and Res­o­lu­tion, Pe­ter Ok­para (cen­tre), do­nates re­lief ma­te­ri­als on be­half of the in­sti­tute to In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) at the IDPs Camp in Du­rumi, Area 1, Abuja. With him are other staff of the in­sti­tute.

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