Group Blames Youth Unrest On Food Scarcity

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Suliman Arigbaba, Executive Secretary, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre, a non-governmental organisation, has blamed youth agitations partly on food scarcity in the country.

Arigbaba who spoke with The Nation in Lagos also observed that a greater number of the youths in the African sub-region were involved in crimes ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery and other vicious crimes chiefly due to insufficient food in the land.

He spoke on the sideline of the just concluded 2017 World Food day rally organised by the agency on the theme ‘Change the Future of Migration, Invest in Food Security and Rural Development.”

He said: “The youths are hungry, no hope for tomorrow and when hungry they are hungry life becomes meaningless to them, and malnutrition becomes the order of the day.”

According to him, the whole idea of this year 2017 commemoration is to take stock about the situation of food in the globe.

“Our young able bodied men and women; people who should stay here and develop Africa are dying in the Sahara desert because they want to cross over to Europe to get what to eat. The youths are migrating in droves because they have seen that our government at all levels are not genuinely committed to agricultural development” adding the old people who constitute over 70 per cent of the producers of our food needs today are not being taken care of.

Arigbaba who expressed dissatisfaction at the low rate of budgetary allocation to agriculture in Nigeria, said contrary to the Maputo declaration of 2003 which according to him stated that Nigeria as a signatory to the declaration ought to allocate at least 10 per cent of her yearly budget to agriculture.

He however, commended the federal government’s ongoing free food for school children, adding when there is good food for everybody there is the tendency they will be healthier.