State minister for Agriculture, Prof Zerubaberi Nyira has advised people in the Albertine region to embrace agriculture instead of waiting for oil money which is not going to flow in their pockets.
During the 51st Independence celebrations at Masindi Boma grounds on Wednesday, Nyira noted, "oil is here and it will be here for over 20 years. But will Oil money will be used in infrastructure development and not for individual wealth, work for yourselves now. As individuals to avoid this disappointment, you must embrace farming, it is the only occupation that will put money in your pockets and will help you fight food insecurity and improve household's incomes for your family."
Nyira revealed that people in the region need to strategize and set themselves in areas that can tap money due from oil activities. "All that is needed is to set ourselves, construct houses where hotels will be put, set up restaurants and do farming as I told you," Nyira said.
He explained that there's a difference between development and being rich which people normally don't see.
"Wealth or being rich comes from your hard work while development is for the country in terms of roads, hospitals among others.