By Lukman Olabiyi
Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, has assured Nigerian that the various interventions of Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’ s administration in agriculture will soon put an end to exorbitant cost of food items experienced in the country.
He said Sanwo-Olu’s agenda for the state, is to turn Lagos to investors’ hub for agriculturists in Nigeria.
The Commissioner disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of Lagos APPEALS Project Women and Youth Empowerment Programme for Persons with Disability and Special Needs held at the Agriculture Training Institute, Araga in Epe.
She said Lagos State is working toward attaining agriculture revolution and food security in the state, adding that the horizon is very promising agriculture as one of the driving forces to reposition Lagos as an investment destination of the nation and making her a 21st economy.
“It is pertinent to note that the present administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is exploring and investing in the use of technology to create competitive advantage in ensuring that Lagos attains a 21st Century economy. Gone are the days of our fore fathers where agriculture depended sorely on cutlasses, hoes and nature.
“As little as our land is, we want to produce significantly more crops per acre, improve quantity and quality of produce, mitigate against risk and secure the environment. This is one of the mandates of the APPEALS Project; to ensure that climate smart and nutrition sensitive technologies are introduced and adopted by farmers in the State”, she said
Olusanya implored all the granduats to access the grant element of the APPEALS Project by developing viable investment plans that will not just make them agripreneurs but also employers of labour.
Speaking at the event Lagos State Project Coordinator of APPEALS Project, Mrs. Oluranti Sagoe-Oviebo, said people with disability and special needs should not see their physical challenge as hindrance to their success in life.
She said by applying what the granduats have learnt through the training faciitated by the Lagos APPEALS Project, they can also become an employer of labour and agripreneurs rather than begging on the street.
Also speaking, the National Project Coordinator, APPEALS Project, Mr. Mohammed Sani Jobdi, commended Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and the entire State Executive Council for their commitment to APPEALS Project in Lagos State.
He said Lagos State has being outstanding by increasing the slots for PWDs beyond the stipulated five per cent in the APPEALS Project and therefore urged the 165 granduats to make good use of all they learned during their training.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Hakeem Adeniji, said the programme is the first of its kind where a group of Person with Disability and Special Needs are not only trained in agricultural business but also empowered to be agripreneurs.
He congratulated all the granduats for their involvement in the laudable project and urged them to make maximum use of the training they have been exposed to in order to better their lives.
The granduats who were excited after receiving their certificates, commended Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Lagos APPEALS Project for empowering People with Disability and Special Needs in their programmes.
They said the one week training by Lagos APPEALS Project in aquaculture, poultry and rice production has changed their life positively and they promised to be good agripreneurs in future.
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