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April 14, 2024

Anchor Borrowers Scheme Empowered 40000 Agripreneurs in Ogun – Gov Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, announced that the Anchor Borrowers Scheme in the state has nurtured over 40,000 agricultural entrepreneurs.

Abiodun made the disclosure on Saturday in Abeokuta during the 37th Lisabi Day celebration, themed “Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship in Agric Business: A Panacea for Solving Youth Unemployment in Egbaland.”

Represented by his deputy, Engr. Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Abiodun reiterated his administration’s commitment to supporting young farmers and investors in land clearing, preparation, and agricultural mechanization.

He noted that the celebration’s theme aligned perfectly with his commitment to empowering youths for growth in the agricultural sector.

Abiodun called for intensified efforts in agriculture and related businesses, with a particular focus on youth development.

He highlighted the crucial role of agriculture in the state’s economic roadmap, contributing to food security, job creation, and industrialization.

“Ogun remains a major global producer of cassava, with strengths in cassava production, poultry farming, fish production, and animal husbandry,” he said.

The governor underlined his administration’s focus on boosting the agricultural value chain. He encouraged private sector investment for sustained industrialization, job creation, and food security.

While urging elders to instill core values in the youth, he emphasized the importance of hard work, perseverance, and diligence.

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, acknowledged the success of the Lisabi festival and expressed his gratitude to Egba sons and daughters for their financial support.

He announced plans to empower Egba indigenes through Lisabi palliatives and educational support for students.

Applauding Governor Abiodun for the modern Adire market at Asero, Oba Gbadebo encouraged youths to explore Adire-making and selling. He emphasized the equal importance of preserving the agricultural legacy of Egbaland.

Retired Navy Captain Rasheed Raji, a former military administrator of Bauchi and Sokoto states, spoke further about the festival’s purpose. He said it aimed to shift the focus of young people from white-collar jobs to sustainable occupations like agriculture.

Raji appealed to Governor Abiodun to support youths in achieving self-sustaining agricultural businesses through the state’s Ministry of Agriculture.

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