- Minister Audu Ogbe advises Nigerians to engage in agriculture before seeking for political offices
- Ogbeh urged the youth to take advantage of the opportunities open to them to engage in farming
- The minister asks youth eyeing politics to first show that they can feed the country through their engagement in agriculture
Audu Ogbeh, Nigeria’s minister of agriculture and rural development, on Thursday, April 4, urged youth in the country to engage in farming before they make moves to seek for political positions.
Minister Ogbeh reportedly said this in Abuja during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between two companies, the Nigeria Agricultural Mechanisation and Equipment Leasing Company (NAMEL) and the MANTRAC Nigeria Limited.
Premium Times reports that the two companies agreed to open up 500,000 hectares of unused land to boost food production in Nigeria.
Ogbeh, who reportedly spoke through Victor Mayomi, a director in the agriculture ministry, advised the youth in the country to take advantage of the partnership to secure land.
“I implore our youth to take advantage of this project. Youth should come into agriculture to take advantage of the project, bearing in mind the responsibility of feeding the nation will increasingly depend on them from now into the nearest future.
“The youth should not only be interested in taking over from politicians, let them go to the field and take it over first. And when they can feed us, we will be encouraged to entrust our destiny to them,” he said.
The minister noted that some of the burdens in the sector would no longer be government's responsibilities with arrangements like the one between the two companies.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Audu Ogbeh recently accused importers of being the country’s biggest enemies as he says they are the ‘greatest wreckers’ of the economy and effort at locally produced goods.
Ogbeh said this in Abuja when he appeared before the National Assembly joint committee on agriculture to defend the ministry’s budget.
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The minister argued that international merchants including importers of products like toothpick, sugar, vegetables, and pencils had frustrated the government’s efforts at ensuring the citizens bought made in Nigeria goods.
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