Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa West) has urged Nigerians to embrace agriculture in order to achieve national food security.
Adamu, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, made the call on Thursday in an interview with newsmen in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
He noted that agriculture would also help fight poverty, unemployment, and boost the revenue base and socio-economic development of the country.
Adamu, who cited developed countries like China and Japan using their population to enhance agriculture for exports, urged Nigerians to emulate them through taking advantage of the abundant fertile land to boost agriculture.
“No society can live comfortably without agriculture; agriculture is the major source of livelihood of every family and nation, and its importance cannot be overemphasised to the development of any society,’’ he said.
He added that agriculture would not only reduce over dependence on oil, but also fight youth restiveness and other social vices.
“There is the need for all of us to help ourselves through embracing agriculture instead of depending on oil so as to become self-reliant and to contribute our quota to national development,” the lawmaker said.
Besides, Adamu advised Nigerians to be law abiding, respect constituted authorities, live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
The senator also urged Nigerians to pray for the peace, unity and progress of the country as well President Muhammadu Buhari’s health to enable him deliver more democracy dividends. (NAN)