Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has said that agriculture has a lot of potentials that can not only transform the national economy but also tremendously impact the personal lives of the farmers, particularly the youth.
He, therefore encouraged Nigerian youth to engage themselves in agric business as a way of moving away from the unemployment queue in the country. He said it is important for the youth to be self reliant and independent rather than looking elsewhere to seek for economic assistance.
Ndoma-Egba who was speaking in Calabar on national issues, emphasized that the youth should show keen interest in agriculture not only to take over from the aging population of farmers but also to take advantage of the many benefits derivable from the sector.
He said that Nigeria is blessed with abundant land that if well utilized through agriculture, will generate income for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.
“A large percentage of unemployed Nigerians wishes to work in the oil sector but in agriculture lies great potentials that can transform an individual.
“If the youth of this country embark on commercial agriculture by taking up the many agric soft loans, there is no way many of them won’t live big but everyone wants to become a politician or work in oil firms.
“Before the discovery of oil in Nigeria, agriculture was the main revenue source for the country. Back in days of yore, farmers were the richest people in the country,” he said.
Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba who is the Senate Leader, charged the youth to be hard working and stop relying on politicians for stipends.
Source- Daily Trust