Ek­iti NASS mem­bers pro­mote farm­ing in con­stituen­cies

The Punch - - TODAY - Abio­dun Nejo, Ado Ek­iti

SOME mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly from Ek­iti State have given their sup­port to youths and farm­ers in the state to boost farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the in­ter­est of the con­stituents’ economies, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and food suf­fi­ciency.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly mem­bers, in­clud­ing Sen­a­tor Opeyemi Bamidele (Ek­iti Cen­tral) and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers, Wumi Ogun­lola (Ek­iti West Fed­eral Con­stituency II) and Ibrahim Olare­waju (Ek­iti North Fed­eral Con­stituency II), harped on the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture to devel­op­ment.

Bamidele, who or­gan­ised a two-day aqua­cul­ture and fish pro­duc­tion train­ing for 100 youths across five lo­cal gov­ern­ments in his sen­a­to­rial district and as well em­pow­ered them with fin­ger­lings, feeds, cash gifts and other fish­ery in­stru­ments un­til their busi­nesses sta­bilise and be­come sus­tain­able, said “it is geared to­wards re­duc­ing un­em­ploy­ment and poverty within the ranks of Ek­iti youths.”

The sen­a­tor, who was rep­re­sented by the state Com­mis­sioner for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments, Prof Adio Fo­layan, at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the pro­gramme, ap­pealed to mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly to al­ways give what he tagged “real and sus­tain­able em­pow­er­ment” to youths in their var­i­ous con­stituen­cies, rather than of­fer­ing peanuts as pal­lia­tives.

“Real em­pow­er­ment brings growth and devel­op­ment of hu­man cap­i­tal re­sources, while peanuts are mere pal­lia­tives and emer­gency needs, which can­not sus­tain any­one or make any­one eco­nom­i­cally in­de­pen­dent,” Bamidele said.

Ogun­lola, who gave out cash and dis­trib­uted farm tools like spray­ing ma­chines, 50kg bags of fer­til­iz­ers, in­sec­ti­cides and her­bi­cides to farm­ers from the 33 wards of Ek­iti West, Efon and Ijero Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments, com­pris­ing her fed­eral con­stituency, said farm­ing de­served huge in­vest­ment to at­tract pro­duc­tive pop­u­la­tion and re­duce inse­cu­rity and cy­ber­crime be­ing per­pe­trated by Nige­rian youths.

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