The Olofa of Offa, in Offa local government area of kwara state,Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Oloyede? has urged Nigerians irrespective of their sex to effectively engage in farming during this year’s farming season .
According to him, this is the only sure way out of the present economic challenges the nation is facing.
The first class monarch said this in an interview with journalists in his palace in Offa after the Annual Royal Dinner where Chief Rafiu Lawal Rabana SAN was singled out for honour for his exemplary contributions to the development of the community.
Oba Oloyede, who noted that the annual dinner is specially designed to honour indigenes of Offa who have contributed in no small means to the development of the ancient town, said that the deed was to motivate others towards community development which he stressed is the duty of all and sundry.
This annual dinner is an enabling platform for eminent sons and daughters of Offa to discuss issues that affect our community and enhance the economy of Offa, social cohesion, unity as well as promote its cultural identity and heritage he added.
The monarch, in his message for 2017, said that the only way to prevent the calamity of the outgoing year 2016 is for everybody to go into farming, stressing that when everybody is able to feed his family, the problem is less.
The traditional ruler added that in order to avoid the harsh economic experience of 2016,everybody must go to farm in 2017,when we have enough foods to eat and even export what happened in? 2016 will not happen, then we will all enjoy in 2017?
The Olofa of Offa also urged the federal government to give constitutional roles to traditional rulers in the country describing them as the closest to the masses.
The monarch who lamented lack of constitutional roles to traditional rulers noted that several projects that are not needed and irrelevant are ? often brought to several communities by the government which at the end would become useless to the community and therefore wastage by the government.
Source: Voice of Nigeria