The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon 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, headquarter of Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Iliya Habila, said the Speaker also urged the youths not to rely solemnly on white collar jobs which were 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.