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Obasanjo Relishes Old Memory, Says 'I Once Washed Chicken House'

Chief Obasanjo addressing the trainees on Agriculture in Abeokuta

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described how he once washed chicken house in order to gain needed exposure in poultry business. 

The former president said that his educational training in agriculture assisted him to be one of the major players in the sector.

He asserted that the youth of today, should understand that no trial and error approach to life could make them successful, except training and retraining attempts in order to know new innovations of doing things in their chosen profession.

The former President, made these disclosures at a World Bank and Lagos State assisted project tagged: Agro- Processing Productivity Enhancement And Livelihood improvement  Support (APPEALS) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday.

The training, which saw Obasanjo engaging the about 120 participants on how  to be successful in Aquaculture business, was coordinated by Aquatic Hub Afrique Network.

Obasanjo who arrived the Asero centre of the institute at about 5.30pm, went down memory lane, saying that shortly after his tenure as military Head of State, his desire to become a successful farmer, particularly, poultry led him to enroll at the Moore Plantation Ibadan.

"I attended a three month course and I could remember how my lecturer was confused on how to address me. I immediately let him know that I am a student and am ready to come to his level. That, if it will take me to wash the chicken house, I am ready. And, truly, I washed the Chicken House to learn more about poultry in order to learn and acquire knowledge. 

"If you learn properly here, you will know how to fish. I did not say because I have poultry already and stopped and go into it in large scale, I went back to school to learn more on new ways of doing poultry business. I did not go on trial and error approach.

"In fact, days of trial and error approach to life are over. It is a waste of time and will cost you dearly. You have chosen right to have come for the needed training in fish business and not taking to trial and error approach," Obasanjo said. 

He further disclosed that his venture into both cash and tree crops farming, did not go without basic trainings, " and these trainings are still coming as new technology and innovations occur now and then. We cannot use the old system of planting example tomatoes now to what we use years ago."

Obasanjo commended the Director of the institute, Steve Okeleji, an Aquaculture expert for coming up with the centre, noting that, "he definitely has something to offer by what he has put in place here. I am impressed by the environment and the students here. 

"According to the Chinese saying; don't give me fish, but, teach me how to fish. With that you are aiming for success, which to me is making your envionment better than you met it."

Steve Okeleji said the World Bank and Lagos State are focused on training the women and youths to become  Agropreneurs.

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