Experts want Kwara Gov-elect to focus on Agric, women, youth development

Experts have recommended to the Kwara Transition Committee that the incoming government should focus more on agricultural value chain, rapid infrastructure development and women and youth empowerment. 

The experts made the recommendation in their papers presented at the workshop organized by the Transition Committee 2019 to interface with technocrats and experts on how to move the state forward under the administration of Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman.

The committee spent the last few days of its work listening to scholars and entrepreneurs on how the new administration can maximize the state’s agricultural potentials, engender growth and build an inclusive society that empowers women and the youth.

A resource person, Dr Limota Goroso Giwa of the US-based Global Fund urged the new administration to convene an all-women summit to draw up a policy directed at empowering them.

Goroso said women want to be respected and properly represented in the decision making process as members of the society, calling on the new government to also prioritize girl-child education.

An Agricultural Economist from the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI), Mr Kingley Olurinde, advised the incoming government to invest in irrigation farming.

Olurinde was of the view that the state has the potential to be food and nutrition-secure if the right measures were in place.

“Kwara has good volume of surface and underground water. But the irrigation facilities are just not there.

“Once rain ceases, there is a problem. No country in the world develops from rain-fed agriculture.

“Kwara must invest in irrigation to allow for all-year-round farming,” the Agriculture expert said.

Bolade Agbola, another resource person, urged the new administration to be creative in its revenue drive and efforts to cope with population surge.

He warned that failure to adjust to the reality of a post-oil Nigeria is a threat to stability, especially when the country’s economic growth is far below its population growth.

Other experts who addressed the workshop urged the new government to invest in irrigation, rural roads, schools, healthcare centers, and micro credit scheme to stimulate interest in farming and make the people truly productive.

The committee was expected to submit its report to the Governor-elect before the inauguration later this month. 

Aminu Adisa Logun, the committee’s chairman, said the panel has gathered and processed a lot of quality information and data which he hopes would help the new administration to hit the ground running, after inauguration. 

He said the topics treated at the workshop represented the core areas of the local economy that can help the new administration to transform the state.

The committee was also mandated to come up with policy recommendations for the incoming administration.

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