Oyo Council Supports Self Help Projects With N50m
Following a mandate by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi to the chairmen of all the 33 local government areas in the state to start encouraging self-help projects, the transition chairman of Atiba Local Government, Mr. Akeem Adeyemi, has launched an empowerment programme to assist artisans and the unemployed.
At the pilot scheme, Mr. Adeyemi explained that self-help projects and well organised artisanship are veritable tools of development and must be strengthened at all levels of governance to encourage communities to be self-reliant and develop in their areas of need.
Mr. Adeyemi stated that the insistence of Governor Ajimobi on the need for human capital development led to the empowerment project in which about N50 million was spent training and equipping 500 individuals cutting across at least 15 artisan associations.
Five hundred unskilled and unemployed youth within the 11 wards of the local government were trained in various skills, and were given cash support of N4 million.
Seminars were also organised on capacity building to prepare them for a life of financial independence.