Makinde Inaugurates Agro-Business Facility
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has called on stakeholders in Agro-business to partner with the government for the economic development of the state.
He made the call during the launch of an agricultural initiative in partnership with IITA tagged: Start Them Early Program (STEP) and inauguration of STEP Agro-business Facility at Fasola Grammar School, Fasola in Oyo.
Governor Makinde explained that the STEP initiatives, which is a “catch them young” model is to encourage the teaching of Agro-business to the younger generation to be self-reliant.
The Governor noted that provision would be made in the 2020 budget to accommodate the funding of similar projects in each of the geopolitical zones of the state i to stem rural -urban migration
Earlier in a welcome remark, the Coordinator, Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation, IITA, Dr Chrysantus Akem stressed that the programme aimed at ensuring the training of Agro-business in all secondary schools in Oyo State would acquaint them with modern agricultural technology, including production and value addition.
Highlight of the event was the tour of school farms, agric product exhibition stand and Agro-business building in company of the Secretary to the state government, Mrs Olubanwo Adeosun, Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka and the Director General, IITA Dr. Nteranya Sanginga