A member of the House of representatives, Hon. Olubunmi Wumi Ogunlola, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency in the agricultural sector, to allow for more funding that will banish unemployment and poverty among youths.
This, the lawmaker, said will boost food production as well as stem the tides of insecurity and cybercrime being perpetrated by Nigerian youths.
Ogunlola who represents Ekiti West Federal Constituency II, in the National Assembly stated that the present agricultural practice, which relies on primitive tools and annual rainfall, is not profitable and cannot encourage the Nigerian youth to engage in farming.
The lawmaker speak in Aramoko Ekiti on Sunday while empowering farmers from the 33 wards if Ekiti West, Efon and Ijero local government, which are the components of her federal Constituency.
She said: ” If the Federal government is serious about creating employments through Agriculture, then it must make farming attractive to the Nigerian youths. The government should increase budgetry allocations to the Agric sector and then encourage modern mechanised farming ”
“We cannot expect our youths to embrace farming if, they are going to use the same tools that were used by their grandfathers. These are the people whose parents went to school because they wanted to escape farming ”
The farmers who came from, Ijero, Efon and Ekiti West Local Government Areas of the state were empowered with cash and various farm tools.
Distributing farm tools like, spraying machine, 50kg bags of fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides, Ogunlola called on all relevant stakeholders to make farming attractive to the Nigerian youths.
” As a representative of the people, Iam very concerned about this situation . Let’s face it, there is hunger in the land, there is unemployment, which is not acceptable to me as a leader, as a mother and as a member of the society. ”
Apart from farmers empowerment, Ogulola also organized a capacity building program on ICT for 45 Youths across the 33 wards in the constituency. The lawmaker’s special assistant on Media, Femi Kasali, participants at the ICT training program were trained on the importance of ICT and the danger of its excessive usage.
Leaders across the constituency who graced the occasion commended the female lawmaker for her gesture . The chairman elect Ekiti West local government , Hon. Kareem Agunbiade, described Ogunlola as a mother and a role model .
” Our mother is leading by example, on how to give back to the society and we shall surely follow her foot steps . I am particularly impressed with the ICT training, beneficiaries were fully kitted and provided with materials”,he noted .
Alhaja Motunrayo Adesina, the Ekiti Central Senatorial Women Leader noted that Ogundola has not failed her female admirers.
“She has not disappointed us as our representatives.She has proven that women can trusted with positons of authority. Hon.Ogunlola our ambassador and she is making us proud, she said.