Obasanjo Library unveils plans to feed Africa, employ 10 million youths

Obasanjo The management of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) yesterday unveiled eight plans of action that would ensure food security to feed the entire African continent.

At a press conference held at the International Conference Center of OOPL to unveil its programmes for 2013, the Center for Human Security (CHS), the academic arm of the library said the project, which will run for 10 years, was aimed at employing 10 million youths throughout Africa within the period.

Management of CHS, which included professors drawn from across Nigerian universities, said the move became necessary against the backdrop of disturbing reports that Nigeria imports about 80 per cent of its annual food consumption despite its rich arable lands.

Project Co-coordinator, Prof. Peter Okebukola, who spoke in Abeokuta yesterday, explained that the CHS was aimed at supporting African governments in the efimplementation of policies and programmes that would guarantee food security in the continent.

Okebukola said misplaced priority, lack of political will, usage of crude agriculture equipment as some of the factors responsible for the inability of African continent to feed itself.

He listed some of the projects to include; Feed Delta Project; Feed Ogun Project; School Farm Competition; Young Farmers’ Club; Africa Regional Intercollegiate Debate as well as “School Farm as a Resource for Teaching and Learning in Secondary School” as part of the project which the center intended to explore during the year.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan, former Ghanaian President, Mr. John Kufour and the 36 state governors are expected this week at the OOPL auditorium for a civic reception in honour of the former president for his voluntary retirement from office as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The two-day event comprises lectures and cultural night on January 18 with General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido as chairmen of the two separate occasions respectively.

Apart from Lamido as chairman of the cultural night, his brother governors from Akwa Ibom and Delta States are special guests of honour of the one-day event.

The South-West PDP which is organizing the event, said the day two would feature a civic reception at Ake Palace ground on Saturday, January 19, with the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and President Jonathan as chairman of the occasion and special guest of honour respectively and the governors across the federation.

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