Lagos – A cleric, Most Rev. Samuel Uche, has advised the Federal Government to create job opportunities in the agricultural and solid mineral sectors for the youth.
Uche, who is the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, gave the advice at a news conference in Lagos on Monday.
He said although the Church was in total support of the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the government should take steps to improve the living standard of the people.
“We are pleading with the government of Buhari, that in as much as we support in its entirety the war against corruption that should not be our only focus, he should also work towards alleviating the suffering of the masses.
“We have vast resources that are untapped – solid minerals.
“We have arable land for commercial agriculture alone and food security can give us enormous jobs so that our young people will not roam the streets.
“The idea of giving each unemployed person N5,000, for me is a wrong step.
“Generate employment; make them work for the money.
“Send them to the farm and pay them for working on the farm.
“That is better than giving each person N5000.
“When I move around Nigeria – because I travel a lot I go by air and sometimes by road – I see that we have vast uncultivated land – agricultural land lying fallow.
“And I believe that agriculture alone can feed us.’’
He said that empowering the youth would go a long way in reducing the rate of crime and provide the young people with the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the country’s development. (NAN)