About 10,000 youths and other small scale farmers are set to benefit from the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme, in Ogun state.
The State Coordinator and Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Mr Tosin Ademuyiwa, disclosed this in Abeokuta, the state capital, at the flag-off of the programme.
He explained that the programme was aimed at creating employment for youths and boosting agricultural production for food security in the State.
It would give financial support to youths and other small scale farmers to boost cassava, rice and maize production.
Furthermore, he stated that attention would also be given to fishery and poultry farming, while citizens across the 20 Local Government areas and 57 local council development areas of the state would benefit from it.
While admonishing youths in the State to Key into the opportunities offered by the programme to earn a living, Mr Ademuyiwa noted that about 1000 youths have recently shown interest to explore the opportunities.
He then advised others who were interested in taking advantage of the programme to forward their applications to the Ministry of Agriculture, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta for enrollment.
The Coordinator, Ogun State Youth in Agric Business, Comrade Olugbenga Ige, thanked the state government and the CBN for the initiative, assuring that his colleagues would make use of the opportunity to be self-employed and help in diversifying the nation’s economy.
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 Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has inaugurated the state’s Skill Acquisition and Empowerment Scheme for youth empowerment and poverty alleviation in the state.
The event, which took place at the Technology Incubation Center (TIC), Nnewi, had the first batch of the programme – 500 youths selected from the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.
The trainees, who will be spending between three weeks to two months, would receive training in Information Communication Technology (ICT), spare parts fabrication, fishery, and production of beverages, cosmetics and various types of detergents amongst others.
In a similar development, the Governor commissioned the customary court in Nnewi, where he said he had already perfected plans for the construction of a world standard high court in the three senatorial zones of the state.
Governor Obiano had earlier affirmed his commitment towards developing markets across the State by putting in place modern amenities and infrastructure that will enhance hitch free commercial activities in line with global trend.
According to him, the facilities would include electricity, toilet facility, firefighting equipment, water and construction of all the roads that lead to the state’s major markets.
The Governor solicited support from the traders in the state for his government especially in the coming elections to ensure that All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidates emerge victorious.