A youth group, the Andoni Youth Coalition (AYC), has called on the
Federal Government and Rivers State government not to forget
communities in Andoni local government area of Rivers State in the
distribution of projects and other developmental programmes.

AYC President, Mkpon Amon Ijonama, who made the call while speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt, expressed displeasure over the noninclusion of Andoni communities in the ongoing Bonny-Bodo Road project.

Emphasizing that the inclusion of the communities would have gone a
long way in boosting economic activities in Andoni, Ijonama said
maximum attention must be given to the people of the area.

He regretted that since the creation of the local government area, no meaningful development has been attracted to communities in Andoni.

Ijonama, who is also the Speaker of the Ijaw Youth Council Parliament, cautioned youths in Andoni against going into confrontation with the military, following a recent fracas that led to the death of a soldier in one of the communities in the area.
Insisting that confrontation with security agents was not in the
character of youths of Andoni, the AYC President advised youths to
engage themselves in meaningful ventures and stop killing innocent

Young Farmers Launch National Youth Manifesto On Agriculture
Young farmers on the platform of Fresh and Young Brains Development
Initiative, yesterday, launched the National Youth Manifesto on
Agriculture for Nigeria.

CEO and Founder of the Initiative,Barr. Nkiruka Nnaemego said the
Youth Manifesto developed in 2013 would be a national Blueprint to
guide government and her partners on the felt needs and aspirations of Nigerian youth in agriculture.

The CEO stated this in her remarks at the 2nd African Youth Agric
Festival on Agribusiness and United for Food Campaign hosted under the Initiative Youth Farm Project (Y-FARM),with the theme: Youth at the Centre of Business Revolution in Africa and Naija Jamz for Food,

Barr. Nnaemego said “The Manifesto was developed in 2013 by our
organisation with support from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, OXFAM Nigeria, Voices for Food Security, Trust Africa as well as Youth and Farmers Organisations.

She said: “The Y-Farm Project adopts a comprehensive and integrated
approach that directly engages youths and different stakeholders in
agriculture to promote multi-sectoral and inter-generational

She added that through the Project’s Y-Farm: My Swag Campaign’
Agriculture is being promoted as a fun activity,culture,career and
business among rural and peri-urban youth across Africa,thus since
inception of the project we have organised one National and one
African Youth Agric Festivals.. She however said due to dearth of
Funds they could not host the festival in 2016 which explains the
reasons for hosting the 2nd edition of both the National and African Regional Festivals.

The Young farmer said in line with their mandate of mainstreaming
youth into agriculture revolution” We are joining OXFAM Nigeria and
Voices for Food Security to advocate for active citizens voices on
right to food and increased public investment in small scale
agriculture under the #United4ood Campaign.

The young agropreneur however lamented that the Initiative is faced
with 5 key challenges including Finance,Land and Technology , Products Registration, Training facilities and project vehicles for our
community out reaches and boot-camps as well as mentoring and access to markets for our project beneficiaries
She added that in the next few months,they would be “partnering with OSIWA to implement the Y-Farm Project, Building a climate resilient generation to train 80 rural youth selected from Abuja, Enugu,Imo, Rivers,Kaduna, Anambra,Benue and Kogi states on Climate smart

Also speaking, director Extension Services, Hajia Karimatu Babangida represented by the assistant director, Mrs Mahmoud Sugra said apart from practicing agriculture as a business,the youths should step up as the opportunities in agriculture are endless.

She said: ” With the federal governments commitment to developing
thenations youth in Agriculture,the Ministry had supported the Initiative with N5million Naira alongside 26 others.



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