Rachael Abujah/Funmilayo Adeyemi
The special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, has said that the Federal Government’s policy on agriculture would create jobs for youths in the country.
Boroh, who is also the Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), said this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum on Sunday in Abuja.
He said that the policy would also ensure food security as well as serve as a tool for reforming the country.
“The policy thrust of this administration is agriculture as a way first and foremost to revamp the economy and secondly to create job opportunities to ensure that there is abundance of food in our country.
“ And again these farm products definitely will be sold; it increases the financial capacity of individuals and the country as well. That’s why we are focusing on agriculture as an alternative to oil.
“Oil is still there but the information we received from the international community reveal that in the nearest future oil will not be as lucrative as it used to be.
“So there is a need to think otherwise and this otherwise thinking is focused on agriculture which I think is an alternative to oil.’’
He said that Nigeria would not be able to sustain her current levels of population and economic growth without enhancing the agricultural sector.
Boroh added that this informed the administration’s effort at engaging the youths in the Niger Delta region in agriculture as a way of diversification.
“Its a concern by the administration to ensure that youths are engaged all over the country, particularly for the amnesty programme. I am focusing on, in line with the strategic thinking plan of the administration on agriculture.
“Kindly speaking you can’t get it wrong if you go into agric irrespective of your field of study. Have a farm somewhere; you will be able to create jobs for the people in that environment where the farm is established.
“ You will also be able to ensure that food is surplus within that small environment where the farm is and then you will sell your farm products.
“Its a three in one game, creation of job, ensuring food is available and increase your financial position when you sell your farm products.
“ I think agric is just the only way if we take it serious individually, collectively and as a nation. If we get it right in agriculture we will get it right in our development,’’ he said.
Boroh also said that the PAP was engaging ex-agitators on capacity development in the areas of skill acquisition, entrepreneurships and educational development. (NAN)