By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
An Ibadan indigenous body, the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), has empowered ten thousand youths with N100,000 each as part of their efforts aimed at affecting their lives positively and supporting them for the greatness of the town economically.
While presenting cheques to the beneficiaries, Dr (Mrs.) Ayoyinka Babatunde, the Chairperson, CCII Youth Empowerment Committee, told newsmen during the General Assembly of the association held at the Bode Amoo Hall, Ibadan House, at the weekend that the effort was to ensure that Ibadan was not left out in the race of progress. It is also aimed at gearing the youths up from idleness.
“We want to make sure that our youths are not idle. Now that the world is moving towards agric business, we want to ensure that some of them who are interested in agricultural business can be ready for greater thing.
“Greater than what they can get from the government. If they can manage this one very well, it will now be easy for CCII to guarantee them either for the Bank of Industry (BOI) or in any other platforms they are willing to go,” she said.
Dr Babatunde further said the programme commenced with 50 people but 10 of them showed serious interest and were duly considered for the empowerment scheme.
The beneficiaries, in separate interviews, expressed their appreciation to the CCII for providing the platform to give their businesses a new lease of life.
One of the beneficiaries, Abdul-Azeez, told newsmen that the association had shown that it was a great one, that would not toy with the progress of the town and its people.
“What CCII has done today is a lifeline and an encouragement to the youths from Ibadan. On our part, we promise that we will endeavour to justify their investment on all of us and raise the hope of others looking forward to same benefit.”
Chief Wole Akinwande, President- General, CCII, said they decided to commence the empowerment programme to teach them how to be useful and not the usual way they kept finding jobs for them.
“Our experience is that the economy is so bad that there are no job. Every day, fresh graduates are coming up, so we thought why don’t we teach them how to create jobs.
“In some other countries, even if you are a graduate of Physics or Chemistry, they train you for other jobs. So, we felt let’s train these people for other jobs and let’s encourage them, to be businessmen and entrepreneurs on their own. This is how the idea began,” he said.