By Tunde Osho
Poised to create more jobs for the growing unemployed population, a group, African Farmers and Cultural Organization (AFCO), has concluded plans to reduce unemployment among youths in Nigeria through agriculture.
AFCO, which has members across the country, aims at using agriculture to correct social vices due to unemployment, and to redirect the government’s policies towards agro-based economy.
At its programme tagged: “Job creation/empowerment for the unemployed” in Lagos, its founder, Prince Chukwunwike Moses Esiole, said the group was striving to create jobs through agriculture.
He said the approach was to train youths to explore the various aspects of farming. “Any job seeker, who wants to go into farming and does not have the technical knowhow and logistics, AFCO will train you in the area you want to be specialised and empower you also. As a member of our organisation, if you do not have a job, no idea of what to do, no good educational background, and no skills, AFCO will develop your skills through our Institute of Fine Arts and empower you financially.”
Its Secretary-General, Francis Sokomba, said AFCO would organise a farmers’ friendship festival to promote food production and sustainable livelihood strategies.
“Our traditions and heritage have always been powered by food rites, and our co-existence is relatively secured by agriculture. Through this event, we are welcoming ideas and seeking co-operation from Africans in the Diaspora,” he said.