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‘Invest in Agriculture to reduce unemployment’ – Lord Boateng

By Kodjo
Adams, GNA

Accra, July 29, GNA – Lord Paul Yaw Boateng,
Member of Parliament in the House of Lords, United Kingdom, has said Africa’s
underdevelopment was as a result of failure to invest in agriculture.

He implored on African governments to turn
attention on agriculture to curb the increasing rate of youth unemployment in
the continent.

Lord Boateng said unless Africa leaders
prioritise in agriculture, the continent would be ‘sitting on a time bomb’,
adding that $40 billion was spent annually on the importation of food, an
indication that the continent has failed to utilise its agriculture sector.

He said this in Accra at a public lecture to
mark the fifth anniversary of the late President John Evans Attah Mills
organised by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and
the University of Cape Coast.

Lord Boateng said the only way for Africa to
attain its development agenda was for the continent to focus its attention on
agriculture, stressing that unless the continent turned its attention to the
sector, the future would be bleak for the generation.

“It’s so unfortunate that the African
continent has not been able to utilise the agriculture sector to its full
benefits. If the continent wants to rise from its current state to attain its
development goals, then we need to tackle agriculture with all seriousness”, he
said.

Lord Boateng said the increasing rate of
unemployment in the country and the continent posed a serious threat, allowing
many of the youth to use unapproved means to seek greener pastures which had
led to the death of thousands.

He said it is imperative for African
governments to mobilise domestic resources to finance development projects.

Lord Boateng said the best memory Ghana could
give the late President Attah Mills was the country to pay attention to issues
that affected the youth since it was one of the major development challenge
that was dear to him.

He commended organisers of the lecture since
it would continue to create a platform to discuss pertinent and developmental
issues facing the country.

Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo, Senior Minister, described
the late President Attah Mills as a man who lived a life of servitude.

“Not only was the late President Attah Mills a
man of peace but also a leader that exhibited true discipline. He believed in
his conviction whether right or wrong,” he said.

Mr Maafo commended that late President for
laying a solid foundation for the country’s revenue collection system.

The lecture was attended by state officials,
representatives from political parties and civil society’s including former
President John Dramani Mahama and former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah
Arthur.

GNA

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