By Chinasa Ogbonna
The Youth Empowerment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) has been launched by the Imo State government.
Performing the ceremony at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, said that the programme was to tackle the dwindling economic situation in the country.
He said that the inauguration of the steering committee of the programme was to kick- start the process of returning agriculture to its pride of place as the mainstay of the country before the advent of oil.
He condemned the get-rich-quick syndrome among youths which, he said, leads them into crime, and urged them to eschew procrastination and get focused.
Owelle said the poverty ravaging the country was because agriculture was neglected for oil, noting that diversification, with the help of the youth would turn things around.
According to the state’s commission for Agriculture, Environment and National Resources, Chief Udo Agoha, the programme was signed to create decent rural employment for young men and women.
Also speaking, the Director of Extension, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Alphonsms Onwueweka, said that the programme would sensitize youths and create jobs.
The special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculturally Bro Stand Dara, said that the state would leave no stone unturned in its efforts to engage the youths in agriculture.
Mr. David Temitola, representative of the food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said that Imo was chosen for its strategic position in the South East.
He commended the governor for all his efforts in agriculture in the state.