ABEOKUTA (Water Resources’ Report) – In its determination to diversify the economy to more productive activities like agriculture, the Federal Government has recently flagged off the second Graduates / Youths Empowerment Scheme in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Flagging off the Scheme, the Minister of Water Resources, Sulieman H. Adamu (Engr.), represented by the Director River Basins Development and Inspectorate, Dr. Musa Ibrahim, said that the second Graduates / Youths Empowerment Scheme at Oyan Dam, Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State, headquarters of Ogun- Osun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA) was inaugurated to support the Federal Government’s Agricultural agenda.
According to the Minister, the scheme is an off- shoot of the agreement signed in June 2016 between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Songhai Integrated Farms Ltd to reposition and strengthen the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) to become major economic nerve-centers in line with the economic diversification policy of the present administration’s change agenda.
“The main objective of this scheme is massive job creation for young graduates with all year round agricultural production and other value chain activities,” he said.
He assured Nigerians that the scheme is laudable as it supports the vision and objectives of President Buhari’s drive for food security and youth empowerment.