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US ambassador charges African youths on food production, slams failed countries

US ambassador charges African youths on food production, slams failed countries

- US ambassador to Nigeria, Symington, said only failed nations won’t feed their people

- He said this while addressing a randomly picked participants across West Africa countries

- He charged the youths to get involved in agriculture and make food production a priority

Stuart Symington, the US ambassador to Nigeria, has raised concerns over the integrity of countries that fail to deliver the demand of their people in the aspect of food provision, saying they are failure.

Symington said this at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, while addressing a group of young entrepreneurs under the umbrella of Enable Youth Africa, The Punch reports. gathered that the programme was organised by IITA Ibadan. It was part of the body's initiative to provide support for African youths who graduated from various fields of agriculture or are willing to carve their interest in the agro-allied fields.

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About 50 participants from various African countries including Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire and Congo took part in the programme.

According to the organiser, the programme which had its maiden appearance at IITA Ibadan headquarters in August 2012, has been able to raise vibrant youths who were trained to become self-independent and owners of various agro-related businesses.

The US ambassador in his speech further encouraged African countries to take food production significance, and buy products from one another so that new skills and value will be promoted.

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He said: “You should buy products from each other. You are your own buyers and you should be your own internal buyers. Put together lessons learnt in the process. Each should learn from the mistakes and experiences of the other. You should also learn from the Silicon Valley maxim. In Silicon, they have an expression: ‘If you haven’t failed once, you are not in business.’ You are like Silicon Valley. You will fall; pick yourselves up. Is there anyone who rides a bicycle for the first time without falling down?

Meanwhile, had reported that John Campbell, a former United States ambassador to Nigeria has pointed a sharp finger at corruption in Nigeria, describing former First Lady Patience Jonathan, as an arrogant and flamboyant person who was greatly disliked.

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