Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has commended youths in the state for exerting their energy on farming, so as to ensure food security, rather than engaging in destructive activities.
The governor gave the commendation during a visit to a cassava farm in Maiyama Local Government Area on Monday.
“This development across the state is a good omen for the sustained strides of both the federal and state governments to bolster food production.
“This is more so, as Kebbi is among the states recently ravaged by rampaging flood that devastated hundreds of thousands of farmlands, houses as well as other critical infrastructure, apart from the unfortunate loss of lives and property,’’ he said.
Bagudu particularly expressed delight that youths in the state had “wholeheartedly and patriotically” engaged themselves in farming activities.
He said that such ventures would contribute to efforts to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production, while improving the lives of the youths and boosting the state’s economy.
“I am happy our youths have restrained themselves from being lured and influenced into violent protests to cause mayhem and destruction.
“Rather, they have made themselves useful to themselves and the state by massively embracing all the invaluable agricultural programmes of the federal and state governments.
“This development couldn’t have come at a better time than now, when we are strenuously making efforts to uplift the living standards of the people of the state,’’ he said.
Bagudu, while outlining the importance of cassava and other food crops to the National Food Security Programme, pledged to expand existing farming projects and provide more inputs to farmers in the state.
He commended the policy thrust of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, describing it as a motivating factor in efforts to achieve the desired results in food production across the country.
Regent Times reports that 10,000-hectare farm, which the governor visited, cultivates cassava under the aegis of the state government and the Central Bank of Nigeria.