Osun agency seeks exploitation of natural resources.
A lady said, “Many of us are even quick to blame the government for what you and I can turn around for our benefit ” .
The General Manager of Osun State Agency for Community and Social Development Project, Mrs. Funmi Abokede, has said natural resources in the state should be exploited to fight poverty.
Abokede said this on Thursday in a speech she delivered at the motivation workshop on community-natural resources management held at Iyo community in Isokan Local Government Area of the state.
To her, exploitation of natural resources which abound across the nation will reduce dependence on oil and help improve the lives of individuals in the country.
It is not an exaggeration to say that poverty remains the most critical problem bedevilling our rural and even urban communities amidst abundance of God- given natural resources which have been left underutilised or abandoned.
She said, “Many of us are even quick to blame the government for what you and I can turn around for our benefit. Recognising the fact that the task of eradicating poverty is never the exclusive preserve of the government as it does not have the omnipotent power to do it, it behoves an individual or group to look around and tap into those opportunities presented by the God-given nature for our well-being.
“More worrisome is the migration of our youths from rural areas to cities only to engage themselves in menial jobs which expose them to health and road hazards.
“It is against this background and in line with the mandate of the agency that we are initiating a vision of Green Communities-Community-Based Natural Resources Management for the people.”
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Lere Oriolowo, who represented Governor Rauf Aregbesola, restated the commitment of the administration to fulfilling electioneering promises despite the financial crisis in the country.
Aregbesola urged the participants to develop interest in agriculture, while assuring them of his government’s support and its determination to make life better for all farmers.