To bolster agribusiness in Nigeria, the nation may need the support of World Bank to give soft loans to qualified youths, willing to go into mechanized agriculture, a House of Representatives member representing Ijero, Ekiti-West and Efon Federal constituency of Ekiti state, Oni Olamide Johnson has said.
Presenting certificates to 45 graduates he sponsored on mechanized agriculture training at National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), Ilorin, he said he would assist the trainees to secure the much needed funds from the World Bank towards making them self employed.
Disclosing the propensity for his choice of empowerment programme for the youths, he said without adequate knowledge of mechanized agriculture it would be harder for them to break through.
According to him, his attempt at starting large scale farming some years back failed due to his ignorance of the elementary knowledge of the required skills.
Speaking, the Acting Director of NCAM Dr Yomi Kasali insisted that Olamide’s gesture would reduce poverty among members of his constituency just as he challenged other lawmakers to emulate him.
Kasali while viewing Nigeria’s unemployment ratio as a stumbling block to harnessing the potentials of the nation’s youth, added that Nigeria’s hope of industrialization would be hindered unless agriculture is allowed to take its rightful place in the area of production of raw materials for the moribund industries in the country.