The Kwara state government has restated its commitment towards addressing youth unemployment with the resolve to create 20,000 jobs in the agriculture sector.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Adegoke Bamidele, made this known while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital.
He revealed that the government has concluded plans to create the jobs for youths who are interested in agriculture adding that they would be selected across the 16 local government areas of the state.
“There are no criteria for selecting the youths in agricultural business as it is the only alternative source of revenue for government to generate revenue.
“If 20,000 youths are empowered in agricultural business, it will boost the Gross Domestic Products of the state and also enhance its economic development.
“The youths will be trained on farming, piggery, animal husbandry and fishery among others.
“Private organizations are sacking workers on daily basis but the only secured job is skilled jobs and the idea is to make the youths not to depend on government jobs alone but also be self employed,” Mr Bamidele added.
The Delta State Government has distributed motorcycles to Agriculture Extension Agents to boost their services in the State.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Austin Chikezie, distributed the motorcycles to the Extension Officers on Friday.
He said that the State government took the initiative to ensure that Extension Officers were motivated since they were closer to the farmers.
Mr Chikezie stated that “the motorcycle will help the extension workers to travel to the interiors where they could not go due to lack of mobility”.
According to the Commissioner, the government agricultural policies, programmes and new technology would be easily communicated to the farmers who are the end users of the information through the Agriculture Extension Agents.
He pleaded with those who have not received their motorcycles to be patient, as the government would purchase more motorcycles to fulfil its promise of distributing 95 motorcycles to Extension Workers in the State to help them in the discharge of their duties.
A total of 71 motorcycles were distributed to Agriculture Extension Agents from the three senatorial districts of the State.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr John thanked the State Government for the gesture, saying; “this will go a long way to help us travel to remote areas where we could not go before”.