The Ondo State Government and the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure have formed a partnership in the training of youths with the government sending 18,000 youths to the institution to learn poultry farming.
The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, said the training programme was part of the efforts of his administration to take the youths out of unemployment through agriculture.
Akeredolu, who spoke at the inauguration of the National Egg Production scheme at Aye Area of Akure, on Friday, said his government would ensure young people in the state were employed through agriculture.
The governor said the programme, tagged ‘Youths -on- the-Ridges’ initiated by his administration, was to make the youths, who were selected across the 18 local government areas of the state to get training on the best practices of agriculture at FECA.
He said, “Our promise to create jobs, through agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialisation, is anchored on realistic expectations.
“The state government sets to complete the process of engaging 18,000 youth, 1000 per local government in the state. Under the programme, Youth-on-the-Ridges, these young men and women are to be trained in the best practices of agriculture.”
The Provost of FECA, Dr. Samson Odedina, said the training was very significant, coming at a time when the country was diversifying from oil sector to boost its economy.
He said, “We have been training the youths every year through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on egg production; people have been registering on our website. It is two-week training that could transform the lives of our youths.
“We are very happy that the Ondo State Government is partnering us to train these young people in a very profitable agricultural value chain opportunity and the registration is throughout the year.”
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