The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged youths in the country to embrace agriculture to ensure sustainable self-reliance.
Dogara made the call while speaking during an empowerment programme organised by member representing Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Wayo (Benue-APC) for his constituents in Adikpo, headquarters of Kwande Local Government of Benue State.
According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Iliya Habila, the speaker also urged the youths not to rely on white collar jobs which are difficult to come by.
He also advised Nigerians to support the current policy of diversification by the Federal Government in order to enhance their incomes and boost revenue for development purposes.
“As citizens, we will rally around, engage in gainful ventures that will promote our economy and assume leadership in agriculture rather than just leave it for the older generation and my own generation. The corps members that I have seen here, some of them may think they can’t go back to the farm. But there is money in farming, there is dignity in labour and some of you may find honour in agriculture.”, he said.
The speaker said the Federal Government would soon embark on massive infrastructural projects especially roads and power as part of efforts aimed at achieving the objective of becoming one of the competing economies of the world.
“And then a lot of our citizens that were sent away from work because of the recession by most of these construction companies, will now go back to work and those companies that are owing will be able to pay.
“And through that we will be able to reflate the economy, we will be able to put a lot of money in the hands of our people and by that we will start the journey to exiting the recession together.”, he said.
Dogara, however , urged Nigerians to ensure that they engage in jobs that will contribute towards stimulating the diversification of the economy.
“I like to call on all the citizens, especially the youths, those who believe that it is only white collar jobs that bring prosperity, as a matter of fact, jobs on their own do not bring prosperity, it is your work.”, he stated.