By Amaka Agwuegbo
Youths from the Middle Belt region, under the auspices of the United Middle Belt Youth Congress, UMBYC, are agitating for the establishment of Middle Belt Farming Development Commission and 13 per cent of revenue derivation from Ajaokuta rolling steel industry.
Making known their agitations, national president, United Middle Belt Youth Congress, Mr Abuka Onalo, said the aims were to enable them provide farmers with modern farming equipment and tools for both food and livestock farming, while providing motorable roads to Ajaokuta and environs.
According to Onalo, â€œWe are increasingly becoming impatient over the ugly plights of our farmers and governmentâ€™s unconcerned attitude towards the suffering of the farmers in the region.
â€œJust like is obtainable in the Niger Delta Development Commission, where revenue from crude is used for the development of that region, the United Middle Belt Youth Congress is united in our demand and agitation for the immediate establishment of Middle Belt Farming Development Commission by the Federal Government to provide for the needs of farmers in the Middle Belt states.
â€œThe Commission, when established, will enable us provide our farmers who are continually tilling the hard farmlands with modern farming equipment and tools for both food production and livestock farming.â€
Pointing out that Middle Belt youths constitute over 80 per cent of the farming population, Onalo urged the people of the region to press for 13 per cent of revenue derivation from farm products to be allocated to the Middle Belt statesâ€™ governments.