By Salawudeen Olawale
The support offered by Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, for training of over four million youths in modern farming will help to put the country on the path of economic growth.
Project Director, National Images Agricultural Empowerment Training Scheme, Mr. Oluwaseyi Bamigbade, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.
According Bamigbade, the project, which he said had been embraced by many Lagosians, will empower Nigerians and ultimately bring about development.
According to him, the programme is carefully designed to train over four million less-privileged young school leavers and graduates in basic agricultural skills that would enable them have adequate knowledge on rice production, wheat, cassava, fish farming, vegetable, birds, among others.
He disclosed that the group had since presented a proposal to the monarch that would enable the organisation train young school leavers and graduates in Osun State and other South- West states.
Bamigbade contended that the training was in line with the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda for employment generation, economic empowerment amongst the youths in all the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
Commenting on the initiative, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, appealed to monarchs across the country to be dedicated to developing youths in their communities, just as he declared that he would not mind going hungry to empower the youth as empowering was a way of abolishing poverty in the country.
“I would not mind going hungry to empower the youths. If the youth of today are empowered, many generations will benefit from them and poverty will be abolished,” he disclosed.