Celebration of Nigeria democracy day on Monday 29 May, witnessed a protests from the youths farmers through the body of Concerned Youth Empowerment Association of Nigeria (CYEAN), a co-operative society has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to create conducive environment for farmers, provides affordable machineries and support youth farmers to help the country achieve self sufficiency in food production.
Mr. Noble Adaelu, CYEAN National President, made the call in Abuja on Monday while speaking on the achievements and challenges of the Federal Government in the past two years.
That Nigerian youth were yet to receive the needed support from the Federal Government in the areas of subsidised merchandized farming, input supplies and access to low interest financing.
He further stated as follows, “Democracy day, what are we celebrating, Democracy that is well dependent on foreign donors or foreign food items. No, we have to move away from that.
“The Federal Government has not involved the youths in agriculture.
“In fact, all the programmes outlined by previous governments for agriculture advancement have not been replicated.
“We have the one we call Nigeria Agriculture Payment Initiative, that programme was done for farmers’ inclusion but up till now, that data has not been implemented.
“We need to be serious. If we really want to advance our industrial growth, the Federal Government has to take a lead; the Federal Government has to call all the actors in the field.
“You cannot have a very harmonious approach to it without involving the youths. We should end the lips service. It is time for us to move forward.
“What I want them to do is to bring implementable programmes that will really restore our pride of place in agriculture.
“Youths are not being represented. What belongs to us is not given to us. The farm inputs are no longer subsidised, we don’t receive any farm inputs,’’
Mr. Noble Adaelu further pleaded with the states and federal government to help the youths that are genuinely interested in farming.
That federal government should also create a special empowerment and supportive scheme for farmers in the country.
That the strategy adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bank of Industry ( BOI) programme tagged ‘Anchor Borrowers Scheme’ in some of the state government are not encouraging due to the fact that only few high portfolio farmers benefited from it.
That the Nigerian youths must not give up in pursuing their dreams and unlocked their potentials.