OYO State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has unveiled a new agriculture scheme under which participants, mostly youths, will earn N10,000 monthly, in what he called a major employment drive.
Tagged the Oyo State Agricultural Revolution Programme, the governor said that the programme would commence by next month with training for the beneficiaries in Awe Farm Settlement.
The governor disclosed this while addressing traders and artisans who converged on the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, on Thursday, to honour him with the “The great visionary leader” award.
At the ceremony, which was championed by the state branch of National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers, the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, was also conferred with the “Woman of noble character” award.
Ajimoni stressed that the selected youths would be paid a stipend of N10,000 per month for the duration of the training after which they would be assisted with the needed inputs to start their own businesses.
The governor said, “Starting from next month (April), our agric revolution that will create massive employment opportunities will berth and it will begin with a training programme at our farm settlement in Awe for our youths who are interested in agriculture.
“They will be trained in modern farming technology and be paid N10,000 monthly stipend for the duration of their training.
“It is our belief that engagement of youths in agriculture at this moment of recession will serve the dual purposes of maintaining peace and developing their economic power.”
At the event, the governor also announced a fresh N100m loan for traders and artisans in the state, in addition to the N880m disbursed to members of the association in the past.