By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Adamawa Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) is touring the twenty-one local government areas with the sole aim of creating awareness on modern farming.
The association under the leadership of Rev. Gabriel L. Shall on Monday visited the youth of Fofure Local Government Area in continuation of the awareness started in Demsa last week on how to access the many opportunities introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari on agriculture.
Shall revealed that the group is in partnership with RIFAN and Green Eagles, enlightening the youth on the need to go back to agriculture, especially rice farming that is generating huge revenue for the country.
The youth who gathered in their numbers in Fofure were charged to maximize the opportunities made available by Adamawa RIFAN to grow enough agricultural products for a better and prosperous Nigeria.
While addressing the youth, Shall said, “the development of this country is in the hands of the youth. Everyone should please think about what he or she can offer for the betterment of their country, not always putting pressure on government for employment.
Shall said that Adamawa youth should also be a source of encouragement to RIFAN, not to make them regret the opportunity t given them to engage in farming activities as individuals, groups, or as a community.
A representative of Green Eagles Nigerian Ltd who is an agronomist, Prof. Aminu Ali advised that farming together as a community is the best way of farming now in a developed country and this makes every farmer to be entitled to one hectare of land.
According to him, if it is properly managed, it gives a harvest of 70 to 80 bags per hectare and the model first started in Adamawa State with intention of strengthening the agricultural sector, especially rice farming.
He commended the Adamawa Youth CAN and United Adamawa Youth Forum in their collaborative agreement for the overall progress of all the youth in the state.
He assured that Green Eagles will procure a demonstration farm that will serve as an example to farmers. Also, the state coordinator of the United Adamawa Youth forum, Mr. Yakubu Umar at the Fofure meeting, charged the entire youth to appreciate the present-day RIFAN officials for coming out with capacity-building programmes that recognize the importance of youth in nation-building.
Hajiya Fatima Ali from the Adamawa Green Eaglei reminded the youth that the building of Nigeria depends on individuals.
“Everyone should contribute his or her quota, Federal Government, RIFAN officials and Green Eagles have done their own. It remains you to contribute your own by maximizing the opportunities freely available to you to do what is expected of you,” Fatima said.
In his submission, the Youth CAN Coordinator of Fufore, Mr. Timothy Nobert appreciated the efforts of RIFAN, Green Eagles and the state Youth CAN Chairman for coming up with the wonderful thought-provoking programme.