Mr Godwin Ezeemo, Industrialist, owner of Orient Farm based in Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area Anambra said Agriculture remains a way out to remedy youth unemployment in the country .
Ezeemo said this while in a press chat with newsmen on Friday in Umuchu his country home.
He said he was disturbed by the spate of unemployed youths in the state and called for serious emphasis on agricultural development in the country.
The Industrialist opined that the number of application received from unemployed youths in his office on daily account triggers cause for alarm and wonders the vacancies that would accommodate the sea of graduates seeking for employment all over the country.
"Agriculture in my view is the only profession roomy to provide jobs to willing unemployed youths.
"Instead of the youth lying fallow seeking for white collar jobs government at all levels should see agriculture as a core means of livelihood and place more emphasis on agriculture as if well developed can provide wide range of employment to job seekers in the country" h
If agriculture was well placed in this country, Mr Ezeemo said that it would create jobs more than oil companies and allows springing up of many Industries like palm kernel cracking industry , soap making industry , Starch Industry among others
He said that development of agriculture will lead to provision of Raw material to existing industry in the country and other industrialist will come up because of availability of raw materials for their business.
Ezeemo said that food security would be assure human development and it will increase Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), decrease poverty among many other benefits.
"Agriculture is the last blood of any nation, its potentials are many. The problem is that we left agriculture and focused on Oil our mistake can be remedied if we reverse now is never too late' he said
He said, "Before the war, there was groundnut pyramid, cotton field and palm oil depot that we exported, but because oil was discovered, agriculture was abandoned and that brought about unemployment".
"Oil gave us raw cash which we did not use very well. If we had invested on agriculture with the oil money, by now Nigeria would have been one of the best economy in the world", he stated.