Oyo Govt. Partners World Bank to Train LG Officers on New Approaches to Agribusiness

The Oyo state government has on Friday completed a 2-Day Orientation and Training for its desk and facilitators officers across the thirty-three local government areas of the state.

The state government with the support of the World Bank trained no fewer than 66 personnel comprising the Desk and Facilitators officials across all its local government areas to scale up the intervention that will help the farmers to increase food production in the state.

The training was also geared toward ameliorating the suffering of small-scale farmers that were affected by the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Charging the trainees at the commencement of the program that was held at the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) Headquarters Saki, the Director General of OYSADA, who also doubles as the Executive Adviser to Governor Makinde on Agribusiness, Dr. Debo Akande stressed that the beneficiaries need to understand that they are privileged to have been selected for the program.

Akande in his opening remarks via zoom noted that the Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) programme is an Oyo State Government/World Bank-assisted project with the objective to enhance the food supply chain.

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Akande said, “N-CARES is expected to support the farmers that were attacked by the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the young farmers that are into small scale farming but deeply involved in the agricultural and agribusiness value chain, while our desk officers and facilitators that are here will be a soldier in supporting all these farmers and young people in all the 33 local government areas of the state.

He further said, “one of the reasons why many of you were selected as facilitators to be part of this agricultural scheme is because you are young, vibrant and dynamic, few of you I’m aware completed training at Nasarawa state under the state Youth Employment Agribusiness Project (YEAP) initiative, and I’m also aware that only a few of you like 20 out of over 3,000 that attended the training were selected for this program, this means that you are ICT guaranteed and you must adopt the use of technology a lot in driving this project at hand.

Don’t allow people to tell you that this is not how we used to do it during the days of FADAMA, or OYSADEP, this is not a FADAMA nor OYSADEP program, we are looking for new technology, new ideas, and innovations, we cannot continue to do things in the same way and expect a different result, there must be new approaches to deliver things for the development of our dear state, and we are counting on you people to provide all these platforms and knowledge on farm approaches.”

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“I want you to see this as a privilege and an opportunity to grow yourselves, you will be paid for this by the state government and to whom much is given, much is expected, accountability is key and very essential on this assignment given to you, be accountable to the state government, to the World Bank, to the people of Oyo State, and I want you to see this as an opportunity to contribute your quota to the development of the state”, Akande said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Result Area 2 Project Coordinator in the state, Mr. Abimbola Bamgbola said, “N-Cares programmes is designed to restore the livelihood of the poor and vulnerable, maintaining food security and facilitating recovery of Moses which are some of the key objectives set out in the government’s economic sustainable plan to respond to the current economic crisis in Nigeria.

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He noted that the orientation and training of the facilitators and desk officers in the state is to acquaint them with the implementation procedures and guidelines for the project. He however commended the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for commencement of the intervention programmes for the affected farmers in the state even before the Federal government intervention project.

In their separate remarks, participants at the event, Mr. Ogunyanju Akeem Babatunde, a desk officer from Atiba Local Government and Moses Odigie a Facilitator from Ibarapa East Local Government, and Miss Adenike Ariwoola also a desk officer from Ibadan North East, commended the state government for organizing such training, they maintained that the program is a very laudable one, and also promised to make good use of the training to the development of the state.


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