Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde, has promised to make funds available for easy access to youths and those interested in agribusiness through revamping the various agric cooperative societies in the State.
The Governor made the promise at the flag off ceremony of the Oyo State Youths in Agribusiness project held at the Rural Community Development Centre, Awe, Oyo Zone.
Governor Makinde reaffirmed his focus in expanding the State economy through agribusiness and pledged to open up farmlands and farm settlements in the State, as well as build up proposed farm estates in Akufo and Eruwa for the benefit of the people.
The Governor noted that the essence of the Youths in Agribusiness project is to stem rural-urban migration and ensure job creation, adding that the facility at Awe would be equipped with necessay social amenities for the youths on the farm.
He said, “I will tell the Chairman of the Oyo State Agric Credit Corporation, they will revive all the zonal offices and we’ll provide adequate funding for them so that you can have access to money. Additionally, under our Investment Agency, we have the medium-small scale enterprise facility, it’s about N1billion.”
Earlier in his address, the Executive Adviser to the Governor on Agribusiness, Dr Debo Akande, explained that the Awe Centre would possibly yield about N250m annually and serve as a centre of excellence for the incubation of agricultural initiatives.
In their separate remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Jacob Ojemuyiwa and the Deputy Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Kenton Dashiell, expressed confidence that the project would contribute in creating value for investments in the State.
Revitalising the Health care sector
In the same vein, Governor Makinde also commissioned a newly renovated and equipped Aafin Primary Healthcare Centre in Oyo, also in Oyo zone.
At the commissioning, Makinde vowed to ensure that a standard primary healthcare centre is available across the 351 wards in the State, to ensure qualitative healthcare delivery to the people.
The Governor stressed that his administration would soon launch a campaign on modalities for aggregating huge funds in rejigging the State healthcare sector, particularly the 721 primary health care centres, adding that the current administration exists for the generality of the people and not a privileged few.
He noted, “We’ve upgraded the Primary Healthcare Centre in Awe to a temporary Isolation Facility but once this COVID-19 passes over us, then it becomes a standard Primary Healthcare Centre that would serve the people of Awe. I give you the assurance that by the time this administration is winding down in 2023, it would have structures like this standing in every ward of Oyo State.”
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello and the Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Sola Akande, in their separate speeches, listed several achievements in the health sector and assured that the flow of goodness in satisfying the needs of the people would not be compromised.
Source: Voice of Nigeria