Money Ritual: We want to use Agric to discourage youths —Ondo Govt

……As Akeredolu’s Aide hosts Ondo NUJ Exco, hails Nigerian media.

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Ondo State Governnor on Agric and Agricbusiness, Pastor Akin Olotu has declared that the state government has concluded plans to encourage more youths into Agriculture and discourage the scourge of ritual killings.

Olotu, stated this at his office on Thursday in Akure when the executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),Ondo State Council, paid him a courtesy visit.

Olotu said he had met with the leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on the spate of ritual killings, urging media organisations to begin a form of advocacy on the issue in churches and media organisations.

“I have met with PFN leadership in the state, I want us to pay attention to ritual killings in the state. We may not know the gravity of what is going on now untill the next five years,” he said.

He said his centre was doing its best, by advertising that young ones interested in fish farming to come register at the his office, among other things.

On some achievements by the state government,Olotu said with the level of investment in the oil palm plantation in Okitipupa, which saw them host the first Annual General Meeting in 20 years, the state would soon become number one producer of palm oil in the country.

He said with the investment in oil palm production and and other intervention areas of the governor, Ondo State would soon attain boost in its internally generated revenue in years to come.

Earlier, Olotu said the country’s Independence could not have been achieved if not the efforts put in by the media, especially journalists.

Olotu, who noted that journalists are strategic partners to developing a nation, said the likes of Nnamdi Azikwe, Obafemi Awolowo,Lateef Jakande, were all prolific in the media space, and used it to the advantage of the country’s independence.

“Nnamdi Azikwe began his efforts as a journalist in the 1930s and was one of the central figure in Nigeria’s efforts to obtain independence,while Chief Obafemi Awolowo was also a statesman who also played a key role in the independence project.

Olotu said that any government that did not have a good media relationship would not be loved by the public.

Olotu, who commended all journalists in Ondo State for how they do disseminate information said, “it is good to appreciate others, when I heard about election of NUJ that they have had another set of executive and I say that we must appreciate this people.

” You journalists deserves appreciation for the job you’re doing,” he said.

“Any government with good media relationship you will discover that the people of the citizens will have love for that administration,” he said.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the State NUJ council, Prince Leke Adegbite, appreciated the Olotu for his efforts at revamping the Agricbusiness sector of the economy to attract youths.

Adegbite said he was happy that Olotu appreciated the efforts of journalists in bringing peace, progress and unity to the state and country at large.

The NUJ Chairman assured that the union was moving towards curbing issues of fake news and fake journalists in the state and country at large.