The Lagos State Government will continue to come up with programmes that benefit youths in the Agric and other relevant sectors.
This pledge was made on Thursday, by the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, at the International Youth Day Celebration in Ikeja.
Dawodu said that the Sanwo-Olu led administration is committed to empowering youths by collaborating with stakeholders in the Agric sector to facilitate access to land, financial services, green jobs and the use of new technology to develop knowledge, skills and talent of youths to enhance food security and nutrition, among others.
Revealing the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) position that youths do not seem to find the Agric sector attractive now or even in the future, the Commissioner said, “The youths see the traditional model of farming as crude, unprofitable and archaic. Rural areas lack the facilities that are offered in the urban areas and young people prefer white-collar jobs”.
“An Agric sector that is transformed in a more stimulating environment with modern equipment, methods and reasonable returns would be more attractive to the youth”, he added.
Speaking on the theme of the event, “Transforming Foods Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, Dawodu disclosed that the topic was chosen to commemorate this year’s International Youth Day, to draw the attention of youths to participate in the global efforts to transform the agricultural sector.
Remarks by Chairman of LAHA committee on youths. Hon. Olarenwaju Moshood Osun.
If we all believe this country can be great, We need to tell each other the truth; ‘Youths of the country are the future? what future? be the Leader now, high turn-out of BBN costing 170million plus, compared to General election.
Who wants to be a millionaire has being diverted, if this country is gonna be great, Youths need to contribute. How many of us have a PVC, Elected officials have alot to do in socio economic issues of the country.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Dr. Aina Ayoola, described the celebration of the International Youth Day as a clarion call to the society, especially the youth, to contribute their quota in creating and sustaining an enabling economic and social environment in the State and the country in general.
Dr. Ayoola also revealed that the celebration serves as an avenue to bring the issues faced by the youth to the attention of the International communities and also celebrate the potential of youths as partners in today’s global society.
Ms Abisola Olusanya, discuss about Role of youths in redefining agriculture in food system, and she also do a justice to the topic and theme of this year International Youth Day, Transforming Food System: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health.
“Lagos state has 577 land mass per square meter.
“UN 17 SDG goals are meant to be pillars at which countries should hold themselves accountable to liberate their citizens within the youth age bracket. Food system has to be taken care of, to ameliorate economic needs”
“The more expensive food is, the less disposable it becomes”
“Fishery is an aspect of Agriculture which strong youths can access because of it’s need in Lagos state”
“We need at-least 180,000 tonnes of Fish supply In Lagos for it’s citizens to be self-sufficient, fishery sector and its value has over a billion naira as Income to be made”
“Lagos is the largest consumer of Red meat. we slaughter about 9,000 number of cows annually. We consume about 800thousand tonnes of the Red meat to sustain our current consumption rate. There’s a need for youths to crowd source for a business venture strategy around ranching for Cows and its nurturing”
“Inclusion of Youths In Agriculture; Lagos agri-prenuership programme which hereby the business of agriculture is made to be understood on how a crop will yield based on acidity, PH and level of the soil. And how to do the business is a simple strategy of: Knowing what your customer/Client preference is, and to deliver the size, shape, exactly the way the customer will value it”We need to Know that Agriculture controls the economy. Every of our daily essential desires is controlled by agriculture. From the cottons used in making our clothes to the Fibre used in making tyres for vehicle transportation.
“An Investment in agriculture is an Investment in the economy.
a. Coconut agric-business in terms of artistry, its shell in reducing blood pressure, its milk and extraction of Oil from it”
“Youths need to take charge, harness wealth towards beyond resourceful. through Urban farming, use of refrigerator for farmers to store fish, Change and Shift in mindset
International Youth Day 2021″
“Celebration of Youths as Partners of building our world. As we prepare to add 2billion people to the World. We need to create for Food security measures. Bringing Innovation to create a sustainable Food security system. A clarion call to youths to inculcate Innovation into agriculture as it is done in IT and other sectors. Doctor Aina. Permanent Secretary Youth and Social development” she concluded.
Comrade Biliamin Oba The State chairman of NYCN, Lagos State Chapter in his goodwill message admonish the youth of the state to leverage on agriculture as a path way to create wealth, be employable, being sound entrepreneurs of agri-business to be torch bearers of Efficient Food security and it’s safety in a bid to commend Mr governor T. H. E. M. E agenda which include Employment creation for the mega city and the country at large.
Later on there was a panel session, which emphasize on what the guest speaker Ms. Abisola Olusanya has discussed about, the panelists include: Dr. Azeezat Yishawu, Nwoji Vivian, Ayika Jackson.
Dignitaries presents are: Hon. Moshood Oshun Chairman House Committee on Youth, Hon. Abisola Olusanya Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Gbenga Omotosho Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Representive of the Head of Service, Hon. Saheed Afonja SSA Youth Development to the Governor, Dr. Aina Ayoola Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Body of Permanent Secretaries, Chairman NYCN Comr. Lekan Oba and his Executives, Members of the Lagos State Youth Parliament, Members of National Union of Lagos State Students NULASS, Boys Scout, Girls Guide, Red Cross, Deaf Association, and other Youth groups in Lagos.