FUNAAB VC Renews Call For Agric Alleviation Programmes As Post COVID-19 Solution - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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FUNAAB VC Renews Call For Agric Alleviation Programmes As Post COVID-19 Solution

The FUNAAB VC handing over the relief package to the NUJ Caretaker Chairman, Mrs. Omolola Adeyinka
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako has renewed the call on government at all levels to pay urgent attention to agriculture in view of the dwindling economy with the harsh realities of the COVID 19 pandemic.

Professor Salako made the call while handing over some agricultural products of the institution to the Ogun State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abeokuta.

The Vice-Chancellor noted that an agriculture based economy will assist in solving the problems of high unemployment, rising inflation, wide income inequality, high poverty level and the high level of insecurity.

Prof. Salako warned that for a country like Nigeria that had over the years relied almost entirely on oil to fund its economy, the implications of the sharp fall in the price of crude oil occasioned by the effects of Corona virus are dire.

He said the current government needs to aggressively focus on food production and adopt the farming settlements of the 50s.

The University Don who noted that the institution had commenced intensive production of cassava, rice and other live stocks farms in readiness for the post covid 19 said the revival of the farm settlements across the country was important at this period of time.

Professor Salako said the distribution of the food items to journalists in the state was part of the efforts of the institution to cushion the effect of the global pandemic on members of the pen profession.
Iyalode Alaba Lawson (standing) donating nose masks to Ogun NUJ
Similarly, the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Mrs. Alaba Lawson also donated nose masks to Union.

Lawson said nose masks was part of his efforts to support the vulnerable and the media practitioners who maybe expose to danger while discharging their duty. 

Receiving the items, the NUJ caretaker chairman, Mrs. Omolola Adeyinka thanked the donors for their gesture and implored other well meaning individuals to emulate FUNAAB and Iyalode Lawson in reaching out to journalists.

Items donated by the two Patrons of NUJ in the state are; palm oil, garri, rice, cassava flour, pineapple, eggs, and nose masks. 

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