Obasanjo calls for youths engagement in agriculture

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has stressed the need for youths to be actively engaged in agricultural business to enhance jobs creation, poverty alleviation and the desired national development.

Obasanjo, made the assertions in Iseyin, in Iseyin Local Government area of Oyo State, at the Oke-Ogun Agriculture Youths Summit.

“Though, we are not maximising the potential in agriculture, with effective leadership, proper sensitisation, peace and security, much action and favourable government policies, we can move to a better and greater level.

“For us to attain a better place in agricbusiness, all hands must be on deck.

“Individuals, governments, corporate organisations, entrepreneurs and others must collaborate to ensure we do it rightly,” the former president said.

Obasanjo disclosed that he initiated the Ikere Gorge Dam, Ogun Osun River Basin and the Badagry to Sokoto Expressway, to open up roads and opportunities that would enhance agriculture.

The Ikere Gorge Dam is a major earth-fill dam in Iseyin Local Government area of Oyo State in the South-West on Ogun River.

Its reservoir capacity is 690 million m3. The dam was initiated by the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo and started in 1983 by the administration of former President Shehu Shagari.

Obasanjo said that Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had promised to revamp the Ikere Gorge Dam.


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