The Federal Government will explore the potential in agriculture, solid minerals and teaching in solving the unemployment challenge confronting the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

Buhari, who said this at his maiden media chat on Wednesday in Abuja, noted that there were abundant deposits of solid minerals across the country.

According to the president, agriculture and solid minerals are the quickest ways of providing employment for able bodied people in Nigeria.

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“We will make sure we get the machinery, fertilizer, and other inputs and ask people to go to the farm so that we do not import food.

“There are lots of solid minerals in commercial quantities in virtually all the states; there are companies that know about it and they are prepared to come.

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“In terms of teachers, there is a teachers institute in Kaduna; and another one in Ibadan.

“We are trying to mop up the unemployed youths; do a crash programme in teaching; post them to teach in primary schools and junior secondary schools.

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“So that the quality of education will start from the bottom; all these things will not be there over night but we have to start it,’’ he said.

Buhari said that if the opportunities in solid minerals and agriculture were properly harnessed, the problem of unemployment would be minimised.(NAN)