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The neglect of Agriculture in Nigeria creates a mono-culture economic system of oil dependency leaving the country's purse in shambles. This has created a boomerang which has led many children to the streets as urchins, drop outs and touts.
In a country where 48% of its citizen are under the age of 18, the pains of poverty is affecting the children just as much the adult. 10.3 million Nigerian children are out of school (UNESCO, 2012). The fate of this children can not only be left to a philantrophist or government cause, there is a need to engage them into processeses that would not only help them cater for their social and economic need, but that which will help to develop the food economy as a whole and create a pool of fund for the children themselves.
It is estimated that there are over 100,000 children living on the streets of Lagos in Nigeria alone, with many more living 'in' the streets, that is children who beg and steal, but have homes to return to each night. Whilst there is obvious sympathy for the events that led to them living this lifestyle, inevitably they end up extorting money from pedestrians and motorists alike.
Nigerian Street Children known locally as 'Area Boys', gangs of these Nigerian street children hang around bus stops, markets and main roads menacing others for money. Many end up in prisons without charge just to keep them off the streets, and without anyone to advocate for them, are further brutalised and exploited. Others make their money by washing cars or peddling their wares, often stolen and normally drugs (a recent survey found that 12.2% of these street children dealt drugs and a further 60.3% were addicts themselves.) Some bribe legitimate traders to leave them in peace.
Children end up on the streets of the former Nigerian capital and other cities for a range of reasons, from being abandoned by parents who can't afford to keep them (over 65% of the country's population live under the poverty line and half of those live in abject poverty) to family breakdown, violence and abuse. 1.2 million Nigerian children have lost parents due to AIDS so have to fend for themselves when wider family member's aren't prepared to commit to their care, and, more disturbingly thousands of Nigerian children are accused of witchcraft. Those who aren't murdered after being accused find themselves expelled from the family home and have to survive on the streets.
The Farm intend to accommodate hopeless youth to use mechanized farming for agriculture development which will help increase their status and develop their personal dreams.
The farm will provide them with funds for literal, formal and vocatioanal education and also provide them with funds for personal use.
The farm will provide professioanl and educational support for the street children while they offer services for the farm according to their age and need for a period of 2 years.