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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Agriculture key to end poverty says Uma Ukpai


The Nigerian youths have been called upon to develop keen interest in agriculture as a way of ending unemployment and as such create wealth and food sufficiency in the nation, the founder, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Evangelist Uma Ukpai has said.

NaijaAgroNet reports that Uma Ukpai stated this while addressing news men in Uyo, AkwaIbom, recently. He said that Nigeria, in all ramifications, should be one of the richest countries of the world given its abundant natural and human resources, regretting, however, that it could not even feed its citizens due to misplaced priorities.

“Our youths should promote agriculture. They should promote vocational skills acquisition since it has become very difficult to engage the numerous graduates looking for white collar jobs,” he said.

He gave more hints that agriculture with its potential is capable of not only transforming the national economy but also tremendously impacting on the personal lives of the farmers, particularly the youth

Consequently, he tasked Nigeria youths to stop complaining about poverty and unemployment or blaming government for every woe and challenge but rather think of creating wealth through farming, adding, “a society where everybody runs after government to provide everything does not prosper.

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