Obasanjo supports Oke Ogun youths with 500-acre of farmland - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, August 16, 2021

Obasanjo supports Oke Ogun youths with 500-acre of farmland

By Our Reporter

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has leased 500 acres of farmland at his farm in Iseyin, Oyo State to Oke Ogun Youths through the OkeOgun Green Revolution initiative. 

 Obasanjo, who was special guest of honor and keynote speaker at the just concluded Oke Ogun Youth Agric Summit in Iseyin, said he leased the land to the youths free of charge because he wants them to engage in profitable and commercial agriculture. 

 The former President said for Nigeria to have a sufficient food and food security there is need for increased participation of youths in agribusiness. 

 The ex- Head of State, who is also a farmer, said peace, security, quality leadership and favourable government policies on agric sector will not only enhance their participation in the sector but also create more jobs, reduce poverty and boost development.

 ”We cannot be talking of food security when we don’t have security, quality local leadership, accessibility to the farmlands and other basic needs to help agriculture all this put together will encourage farmers to work not only for the ones to eat but to export as well,” he stressed. Obasanjo, who disclosed he initiated Ogun Osun River Basin, Badagry – Sokoto road, Ikere Gorge dam and others projects to open up Oke Ogun and other parts of Nigeria to boost agriculture, lamented “unfortunately there was no follow up.” 

Although he said Governor Seyi Makinde has assured him he would fix infrastructure and road to ensure maximum potential of Ikere gorge dam, the former President said the projects will not only boost agriculture but also generate electricity and water supply to other part of the western region. 

Coroborating Obasanjo’s , Mr Adeniji Kolawole of Niji Farms, said government policies on agriculture should be designed in such a way that it would enhance more participation in the sector.

 He said proper education on agric business, mechanized farming and provision of basic infrastructures and amenities will enhance food security.

 He offered to assist the youth through training as off takers of their produce and facilitating financial loans through banks to boost thier interest.

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