By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has reaffirmed its readiness and commitment towards using agriculture as key factor of providing employment, ensure food sufficiency and increase revenue base of the State.
Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa who stated this at a Poultry Show, tagged Abeokuta 2017 organised by the Poultry Association of Nigeria said unemployment rate would soon be at minimal level as more Nigerians had embraced agriculture.
The State scribe explained that one of the steps taken by the present administration at boosting agricultural production was the recently completed Broilers’ House in Odeda Local Government Area which had the capacity of accommodating over 60,000 broilers among other on-going agricultural projects.
“Government in Ogun is seriously embracing agriculture. That is why a large chunk of our budget is always allocated to it. We can all see that agriculture is the way to go if we must tackle the ever increasing rate of unemployment in the country. As a government, we are determined to take agriculture to the level of industrialisation and this we will pursue this until we achieve the set goals for the sector,” He said.
Adeoluwa noted that government had decided to tackle unemployment among the youths with its agricultural intervention projects which were not only meant to ensure food security but also industrialise the State, assuring stakeholders of government support in achieving the set objectives.
Earlier, the National President, Poultry Association of Nigeria, Mr. Ezekiel Ibrahim identified double taxation, high interest rate, poor electricity as some of the factors threatening the success of poultry business in Nigeria, calling on government at all levels to come to the aid of the Association with a view to making their business more rewarding.