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There’ll be less banditry, kidnapping if youths are employed –Obasanjo




Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says there will be less
banditry in Nigeria if young people are provided jobs.


Obasanjo spoke on Tuesday during the international trade
exhibition and conference on agrofood, plastics, printing and packaging, in



The theme of the conference was ‘Nigeria’s Technology
Investments: Driving growth in Agrofood, Plastics, Printing and Packaging’.


Speaking at the conference, Obasanjo said the security
situation in the country will improve if young people can be engaged through



The former president said the business of agriculture has
the tendency to provide job opportunities for many people.


“With our teeming population and the problem we have of our
youths going over the desert and risking their lives, we can give them enough
employment,” he said.


“The area we are sure that can provide enough employment for
our youths is agricultural business.



“Even though, when we talk about agriculture, not many of
them will want to go to the farm, they will rather go for white collar jobs.


“However, the youth need to get their hands dirty and their
feet wet in agricultural business.



“The government can improve on our security, and part of our
insecurity are the men and women that are not properly engaged or employed.


“If we are able to give them employment, then there will be
less of them getting involved in banditry, kidnapping and other criminal


Obasanjo added that Nigeria must make agribusiness
“glamorous” for young people, stating that the country can solve the problems
of insecurity, malnutrition, and food insecurity through agriculture.


Source link: Nigerianeye

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