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 Kwara State Government is set to make funds available to artisans in the state to drive the economy and ensure economic growth of the state.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed disclosed this on Wednesday while receiving members of the Kwara Artisans Congress at the Government House, Ilorin ahead of the first anniversary of the congress.
The governor stressed the importance of artisans in the economy a and promised to ensure that youths were appropriately empowered to become entrepreneurs with a view to driving the economy.
He identified the group as one of the most important components of Kwara Economic Society and promised to ensure that youths were not dependent on white collar jobs but become entrepreneurs so as to gain financial freedom.
Governor Ahmed promised to continue to create enabling environment for artisans and various groups to enhance socio-economic growth of the state.
Earlier, the State President of Artisan Congress, Abdullahi Lanky, who spoke in Yoruba language, acknowledged the support of Governor Ahmed to artisans in the state, pointing out that the loan extended to the group had made positive impact in their lives and businesses.