Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has expressed readiness of his administration to continue to equip young people with globally sought-after skills to enable them to take advantage of opportunities to produce healthy foods for the growing world population.
Obaseki who gave the charge on the sidelines of the International Youth Day marked by the United Nations and its partners urged youths in the country to join the global technological innovation to build enduring systems to tackle food challenges so as to feed the world’s growing population in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic…
“Through the Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs), we organize training for Edo youths on in-demand technology-oriented skills especially to encourage them to provide solutions to the global demand for healthy foods,” he said.
He noted that the state government would sustain the execution of other youth-focused training, as Edo State transits to become the technology hub of the South-South region of Nigeria.
Speaking on the 2021 International Youth Day with the theme: Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation For Human And Planetary Health, he said, “On our part, besides providing our youths with training, we are also working with other partners in assisting our youths to have access to grants and funding to equip them with the skills to compete in global markets.”
MEANWHILE, Obaseki reassured residents that his government would sustain investment in the state’s security architecture to ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens.
Obaseki gave the assurance when executives of Esan Okpa Initiative (EOI), visited him at the Government House, Benin City.
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff (CoS), Osaigbovo Iyoha, said the government plans to recruit and train over 10, 000 local security personnel to complement the federal security agents to tackle insecurity in the state.
Speaking earlier, the President of the group, Matthew Egbadon, lamented that successive Edo State governments had relegated the Esan people of the Central Senatorial district and denied them political positions since 2008 to the detriment of the development of the area.
At a media briefing in Benin City, he described the situation as ‘political oppression’ and urged the Obaseki-led government to rejig the state’s security architecture.
Egbadon said Edo Central Senatorial district had been relegated by successive governments at the state and federal levels since 2008 under former Governor Adams Oshiomhole and was yet to get a better deal under the Obaseki administration.
He urged Obaseki to ensure that Esan people in his party were not only given important positions but also encouraged and supported to vie for higher political positions in the state.
He thanked the state government for assuring them of its support and intervention to boost the cultivation of rubber among farmers.
Igbinosun, who expressed hope of better collaboration between the state government and the association, said his visit afforded him the opportunity to meet critical stakeholders and large scale farmers.
He said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the supply of high-yield stumps to members of the association would be signed, adding that the association had perfected arrangements to acquire 160,000 hectares of land for the 24 member-states that produce rubber to plant the high-yield cloned varieties.
The president urged the commissioner to invite the state government to participate in the upcoming Natural Rubber Week holding in Calabar this month and the National Rubber Conference scheduled for Abuja in October during which the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, would unveil announce Federal Government’s policy on rubber.