Nigeria can overcome poverty with investment in agriculture, according to the Chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) in Ekiti State, Aare Afe Babalola (SAN).
Babalola also said the move would help in the creation of jobs in the West African nation.
He said this over the weekend at the Afe Babalola Agricultural Expo (ABA-EX) on ABUAD campus in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
“The unwholesome situation has suddenly and sadly made Ekiti State the headquarters of Okada riders,” he said.
According to him, “It is imperative that we revive agriculture to ensure that Nigeria regains its lost glory in that all-import realm and in the overall interest of the people.
“Any nation that pays little or no attention to agriculture does so as its own peril and risks becoming a beggarly nation.
“I am, therefore, appealing to those in white collar jobs to have gardens at the back of their homes while government should encourage small, medium and large scale farming for different categories of people.
“As part of its community service, ABUAD and its founder, as stakeholders, in 2014, embarked on this crusade to renew people’s interest in agriculture with the overall aim of reviving it.”