By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The World Youth United Nations (WYUNO) President-General, Ambassador Adeniyi Adeyemi, has described as a right step in the right direction, the move by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, to partner with Songhal integrated farms in Port Norvo, Benin Republic, with the zeal of boosting agriculture sector in the state.
Ambassador Adeyemi, in a press release issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Adeola Badru, observed that the initiative of the governor was a veritable means of providing employment opportunities for youths, with the aim of further boosting the revenue generation of the state.
Describing agriculture as an important economic policy, Amb. Adeyemi pointed out that the country has got to a palpable economic situation where all states in the country needed to find other alternative than depending on allocation from oil revenue from the Federal Government.
He said Ajimobi showed a commendable resourcefulness with his recent partnership deal with Songhai farms, adding that the governor realised that for the economy to go the next level, agriculture needed to be explored.
Amb. Adeyemi said he was satisfied with the attention Gov. Ajimobi was paying to the development of agriculture in Oyo State, while calling on the people of the state to support the government in the Agric-Oyo scheme.
“Many people already have the land needed to go into agriculture, but they are restricting themselves.”
“I am confident that Gov. Ajimobi is very efficient and he will take agriculture to the next level in the state, which will also be a veritable avenue to engage unemployed youths who are willing to go back to farming,” he said.
Adeyemi, however, appealed to the state government to urgently revamp its moribund Rural Community Development Centre (RCDC) in Awe, Oyo State, saying that if the centre was renovated, it would provide training for young agric enthusiasts who plan to go fully into farming.
The world youth ambassador, then reiterated the commitment of his office in line with the global vision of the United Nations on food security, to work in tandem with the state government in their areas of interest to boost the socio-economic development of Oyo State.