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Bishops urge Nigerian Government to help young people move into farming

A trio of Nigerian bishops advised the government to encourage young people to embrace agriculture as a way to help the country address hunger, youth restiveness and other social challenges.

The Bishop of Minna, Martin Uzoukwu; the Bishop of Zaria, George Dodo; and the Bishop of Enugu, Calistus Onaga, also urged the Government to boost security measures to protect innocent Nigerians from being killed by insurgents.

Such actions by the government would help reduce tension in rural areas of the country and allow the authorities to focus on improving services such as roads, health care and jobs, the bishops said in early December.

“Engaging the youths in active farming will enable them to contribute positively towards the socio-economic development of the nation,” Bishop Uzoukwu said, because the crops produced could be used in country and exported to international markets.

He also called on state and local governments to help fund farm implements to help boost the entry of youth into farming.

Picture: A young person carries sugar cane on a farm in mid-November near Zaria, Nigeria. A trio of Nigerian bishops advised the government to encourage young people to embrace agriculture as a way to help the country address hunger, youth restiveness and other social challenges. (CNS photo/Akintunde Akinleye, Reuters).