15 January 2013

Nigeria: Obasanjo Centre to Spend N3.7 Billion On Food Security

Abeokuta — FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo's Presidential Library in collaboration with Centre for Human Security, Monday, said it would spend N3.675 billion on Delta, Ogun states and other countries in Africa to address unemployment and ensure food security.

The organization which also said it would spend the money on 12 projects which include eight different projects at Centre for Human Security and four projects at Institute for Africa Culture and International Understanding, IACIU, within 10 years would employ two million youths in Delta alone.

Addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, yesterday, the Director of CHS, Prof. Peter Okebukola, said that Ogun and Delta states would gulp N1.8 billion each while N75 million would be spent on African countries within the stipulated period.

Okebukola said OOPL-CHS's plan to employ two million Deltans had commenced with the Feed Delta Project which, according to him, was the pilot programme of the Centre's feed Africa Project that is aimed at supporting African governments in the implementation of policies and programmes that will guarantee food security.

The erstwhile Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, NUC, who rolled out eight projects lined up to boost Nigeria's economy and Africa as whole said apart from Feed Delta project, others are Feed Ogun project, School farm Competition, Young farmers Club Competition among others that would be piloted in both Delta and Ogun states.

He, however, said the organization would extend the programmes to other African countries and had projected employment for10 million youths by year 2020. Okebukola who was flanked by other officials of the organization, said: "We slated Delta as a pilot because the Obasanjo farms Nigeria limited has a footprint in Delta so, we already have an avenue to start the project.

"The Obasanjo Farm Nigeria Limited has one of the biggest mills in Delta. So, we thought that since a partnership already exists we can leverage on Delta for take-off and that is paying off because we are already there and we already have a footprint to take in one or two steps further in that state."

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