Its the best of time for the ‘koko master’ as he has yet again grabbed another appointment as a brand ambassador for an initiative. This time,it is coming from the political circles as the crooner real names Dapo Oyebanjo was yesterday unveiled as the ambassador for the Federal Government newly set up Nigerian Agricultural Entrepreneurs, ‘Nagroprenuers’ initiative which is designed to attract youth to agriculture.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, the government intends to empower thousands of youth on mechanized farming which is aimed at ensuring that farming is not left to the aged alone.
In his speech, the minister said, “I will want D’banj to be the Ambassador for Nagroprenuers and to help communicate this initiative to youths. We want to change the labour component of agriculture; most farmers today are old at an average age of 60 years. We must get the younger people to imbibe agriculture as a business; that is why President Goodluck Jonathan launched a programme called Nigerian Agricultural Entrepreneurs (Nagroprenuers).”
On his part, Dbanj opined that Agriculture was the next big thing in the country. He also likened Agriculture to the Nigerian Music industry saying both industries were not seen as capable of creating job, wealth and materials for export in the past.
In his words, “Growing up, I did not see agriculture as viable sector; I have been following the news under the minister and I am proud to be the ambassador to champion this move of youth involvement in agriculture. Let the youths be aware that if we don’t focus on agriculture, we may end up dying of hunger; I am volunteering to be an ambassador of agriculture under your leadership as minister.”
Dbanj also revealed that he would also be establishing his own personal farm which would be named ‘Koko Farm’ and so henceforth, he wants to be referred to under this scheme as the ‘Koko Farmer’.
It would be recalled that early this year, Dbanj was appointed in the same capacity by the ONE initiative.
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