Attah Igala and president, Kogi State Traditional Council HRM Micheal Ameh Oboni II has urged governments at all levels to promote agriculture so as to diversify the economy, noting that this approach would lead the country out of the present mass unemployment.
The traditional ruler, who made this call on Saturday while receiving a governorship aspirant, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, at his palace in Idah, said political leaders must look inward to solve socio-economic problems of the country.
“If agricultural sector is given adequate priority by the government at all levels, the sector will provide enormous employment opportunity for the teaming youths who are currently roaming about the street in search of the white collar jobs that are no longer available.
“The high rate of youth unemployment is disheartening. The only way out is to go back to the basic and develop the Agriculture sector,” he expressed.
The Attah, who said the country was richly endowed in both natural and human resources, lamented that in spite of the God-given resources people were still suffering in the midst of plenty.
Earlier, the governorship aspirant stated that he was at the palace to inform the paramount ruler of his intention to run for governorship and to receive his royal blessings.
Bello, who noted that poor governance was largely responsible for the under-development in the state since its creation 24 years ago, added that he was offering himself as a paradigm shift for the youthful mind to govern the state.
“The high rate of youth unemployment, infrastructural decay in the state is lamentable; but the time has come for a change in Kogi State for the benefit of the people.

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