Youths must subscribe to FG’s policy on agriculture to diversify economy – Buhari  


October 22, 2017 | 10:24 pm
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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigeria youths and graduates, especially graduates of agriculture-based courses to subscribe to Federal Government’s policy on agriculture aimed at boosting and diversifying the economy from oil-based to non-oil structured.
President Buhari, who was represented by Biodun Saliu and Abubakar Abdul Rasheed at the convocation ceremonies of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and University of Ilorin, Ilorin respectively on Saturday, said current economic realities in the country are calling for urgent and sustainable diversification of economy towards agriculture which youths must support for the country to realize its targeted goals on economic development.
While delivering the Convocation speech at FUNAAB in Abeokuta, the President noted that the Federal Government’s effort to empower jobless youths in agriculture and agribusiness include provision of incentives to engage young commercial farmers for farming as a business, development of Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Centers, farm skills acquisition centers, transformation of the Agricultural Research Council (ARCN) into a National Agricultural Transformation Agency, revising the Land Use Act to enable easier access to land for investors’ rapid expansion in irrigation facilities and revamping of existing ones.

“The Federal Government’s agricultural Anchor Borrowers Programme, which was launched in November 2015, has equally been an outstanding success story with about N43.92 billion released through the CBN and the 13 participating institutions and 200,000 small holder farmers from 29 states of the federation benefitting as well as the 233,000 hectares of farmland cultivating eight commodities, namely Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton, Soya-beans, Poultry, Cassava and Groundnuts in addition to fish farming programmes, among others.”
At University of Ilorin, Buhari who was represented by Abubakar Abdul Rasheed, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), said, “Our nation is on verge of economic recovery, having just exited a short but painful recession. To sustain recovery and for all to experience real change in living conditions, we must be ready to build on the achievements already recorded.
“Therefore, all must be involved in productive activities in every area of the economy that we are engaged in. Several other areas of concern have been the reason why I directed the Minister of Education to convene a ministerial summit within the next few weeks to be attended by all members of my cabinet to tackle the key problems of the sector. With a view to restoring education to its lead role of human development game-changer.

“My administration shall continue to drive its economic programmes to consolidate the gains already made in key economic areas such as agriculture, infrastructural development and sustain war against corruption. My government will not allow the country to miss the globally agreed SDGs train, the driving force of which is education. Any success recorded in education will have a ripple effect on every other sector of our nation.”

Meanwhile, Ololade Enikuomehin, Acting Vice-Chancellor of FUNAAB said a total of 7, 677 students graduated from eleven colleges domiciled in the institution between 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic calendars with 71, 75 and 57 students came out with first class, while 784, 1,000 and 1,094 respectively recorded second class upper, and the remaining students came out with second class lower, third class and pass.

At University of Ilorin, 9, 018 students graduated for 2016/2017 academic section out of which, the Vice Chancellor said 7, 533 had first degree and diploma, while the remaining 2, 485 graduated with higher degrees and post graduate diploma. In the first degree and diploma category, there were 89 first class; 1,932 second class upper division; 3,727 second class lower division; 1,309 third class;  and 117 had Pass.





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