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Being the communiqué issued at the end of the National Conference of The Companion held on April 12- 13, 2013 at The Conference Centre University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos

The Theme of the conference was “Building Public Private Partnership in Agriculture Practice”.


Conference lecture titled “Building Public Private Partnership for Sustainable Agricultural Practice” was delivered by Mr. Wale  Adedoyin the Commissioner for Agriculture, State of Osun ably represented by Mr. Agunbiade Festus Adeloye, the Special Adviser (Agric and Food Security) to the Governor, State of Osun.

Other highlight of the conference was the election of members to the National Executive Council to run the affairs of the organisation for the next two years.

At the end of the conference, the following resolutions were adopted:

  1. In view of the galloping rate of youth employment in the country, The Companion appeals to the Federal and State governments to urgently adopt policies that would encourage Nigerian youths to take up farming as a business career. Such policies will simultaneously reduce unemployment, reduce crime and boost food security in the country.
  2. On education, The Companion declares that a review of Nigerian tertiary institutions curriculum is long overdue. We noted with dismay that the country continues to produce thousands of graduates every year in fields where there are no jobs, whereas huge skill gaps exist in other critical fields. The Companion recommends that the country’s manpower needs should be re-analyzed, and the educational institutions’ curricula be reviewed with a view to filling the skill and job gaps identified.
  3. On security, The Companion is saddened by the worsening state of insecurity in the country. Ordinary Nigerians continue to die daily from the activities of destabilizing and destructive groups, in different regions of the country, such as the Niger Delta militants, Boko Haram, MEND,etc., in addition to the unabating incidents of armed robbery and kidnapping. We appeal to the governments at all levels, to step up effective and sustainable security surveillance structures, (called the 4S), to deal with the menace. Specifically on Boko Haram for whom amnesty was offered, we encourage government to proceed with the amnesty program, so long as it will stop the mindless bloodshed of innocent Nigerians.
  4. On religious tolerance, The Companion enjoins all Nigerians to be their brother’s keeper irrespective of faith, and to respect each other’s freedom of worship. In this vein, we unequivocally support the clamour by young Muslim girls who desire to wear the Hijab (head covering) to school in any part of the country to be allowed to do so. The recent incident in Lagos where a school head punished a girl for wearing the Hijab should be condemned by all fair-minded Nigerians, while the Lagos State government should henceforth permit willing Muslim girls to fulfill their religious obligation by wearing the Hijab, without fear or molestation.
  5. Finally, infrastructural deficits such as bad roads and unstable power supply continue to bog down millions of Nigerians from realizing their entrepreneurial goals, breaking away from poverty and living a reasonably comfortable life. The Companion advises government at all levels to focus their attention on policies and programmes beneficial to the majority of Nigerians rather than the elite few.
  6. The Companion reminds every Nigerian that our life in this world is transient and Allah our Creator, The Almighty, will ask us to account for our deeds when we finally meet Him. We therefore appeal to our leaders and the led to fear Allah in all their dealings so that they will not have cause to regret on the last day, the Day of Judgment.
Signed
Musibau Oyefeso.N
National Amir (President), The Companion

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