The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Wednesday canvassed collaboration among states in the South-West to ensure food security.
The monarch gave the advice during a courtesy call on Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State at the State House, Ikeja.
Ogunwusi, who recalled the thriving cocoa business in the South-West, said that the revitalisation of the agricultural sector would not only ensure food security, but also reduce youth restiveness.
“Area of food security is very important; with this, we will not be crying of uprising.
“We can partner in respect of food security.
“In Osun State, we have land for agriculture, same in Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti States.
“You will not believe that 80 per cent of all the products from those farmlands are wasted; it is only about 20 per cent that get to the metropolis of Lagos for consumption.
“Now, imagine if we can just synchronise and work together on how to take food security to another level,” he said.
The Ooni, who commended Ambode particularly for the Lake Rice project, urged him to partner with his counterparts in the South-West on farm produce and other commodities.
He also called on traditional rulers to support government at all levels to ensure all-round development of the country.
“Traditional rulers have a great role to play in this; we should not leave everything to government, and we should all come together because we are closer to our people than government.
“We should rally round government to support their initiatives, encourage them, as well as add value to the populace, to make their work a lot easier,” the royal father said.
Responding, Ambode pledged that his administration would integrate the states in the Lagos food chain.
He commended the entrepreneurial spirit of the Ooni and promised to sustain the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people.