The monarch calls for the revival of the agricultural sector to boost food production in Nigeria

The Traditional Ruler of Ishi Ubomiri Autonomous Community in Mbaitoli Council Area of ​​Imo State, HRH Eze Emma St. George Eke has called for stronger proactive measures from various levels of government for the revival and resuscitation of the country’s ailing agricultural sector.

The traditional leader said so during his New Yam Ceremony of 2022 held in his palace, which was attended by representatives from the 19 villages of the community.

The monarch, who is also president of the ‘IMO Exporters’ League’, warned that the continued neglect of such a critical sector would not only aggravate the raging food crisis, but would also drain much-needed resources for development and would also aggravate youth unemployment and various juvenile delinquencies. .

He said, “My community is famous for its agricultural activities and as a traditional leader I am into active farming and if the different levels of government can sit down and give more importance to agriculture, that will generate more revenue for the government while providing employment for young people.

Lamenting the upsurge of insecurity and moral decay in society, Eze Eke, Chairman of the Council of Traditional Leaders of Mbaitoli, challenged parents and guardians to instill moral values ​​in their children and wards .

He said, “Nowadays we are too busy chasing wealth instead of teaching love and moral values ​​to our children, hence the degeneration continues.”

The monarch who also cried out at the growing rate of corruption and fierce competition for office by the political class urged politicians to always play the game by rule in order to shore up and strengthen the nation’s hard-won democracy.

He lamented that some traditional leaders have been forced to reside outside their communities due to insecurity, noting that some of them have been shot dead by bandits and other criminal elements.

Also speaking, the CEO of “Mezie Mbaitoli Youth Foundation For the Poor” – Stanley Chimaroke Mezie revealed that the NGO established in 2015 has developed packages to help interested young people in the LGA get into active farming to stimulate food production.

He hailed Eze Eke as a true custodian of his people’s culture and tradition and urged the community to always support him in pushing the community forward.


Lana T. Arthur