By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has appealed to the Federal Government to make huge investment in agriculture so as to help in the provision of jobs, and ensure food sufficiency.
Alake added that apart from ensuring food sufficiency and job creation, agriculture would go a long way in bridging the foreign exchange deficit, which has weakened the Naira.
He stated this yesterday when he spoke at a press conference to herald the 2017 edition of Lisabi Festival, held at the Alake’s Palace, Abeokuta, Ogun state.
The monarch, who noted that the theme of this year’s edition of the festival: “Self Reliance on Agriculture for a Secured Future”, will serve as a wake-up call to Nigerians on the essence of agriculture, declared agriculture remained the surest way for Nigeria to get out of the current economic recession.
He, however, said the 31st edition of Lisabi Festival would focus more on exploring various opportunities in agriculture, with a view to stimulating interest of the people, especially the youth in agriculture.
In his remark, the National Commercial Coordinator of one of the telecom companies, Mr. Yomi Ogunbamowo said the annual Lisabi Festival has become a veritable platform to brainstorm on how to further develop Egbaland.
The festival has been slated to commence with booming of guns on the Olumo Rock, on Monday, February 27 and end with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, on Sunday, March 5, 2017.