Ekiti NASS members promote farming in constituencies
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.