Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA) has concluded training for its second batch of youth empowerment programme under which102 youths were trained in four entrepreneurship skills of arable crop, fish smoking, soap making and confectioneries.
Speaking during the presentation of working tools and cheques to the beneficiaries, Chief Executive Officer of OORBDA, Otunba Femi Odumosu said the initiative was part of federal government efforts to tackle poverty, unemployment and boost food production.
Otunba Odumosu said the youth already have the energy and drive to contribute their quota to the growth of the country’s economy and that all they needed are capacity building and empowerment programme such as this to help them to succeed in life.
He said 62 people benefited under the first phase of the programme held five weeks ago. Otunba Odumosu has however pleaded with the beneficiaries of the programme to utilise all that they were taught during the training so as not to defeat the essence of the empowerment initiative.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries of the empowerment programme, Mrs Ahmed Kudirat who received training in arable cropping lauded federal government for supporting the youth in their quest to be gainfully employed and contribute to strengthening nation’s economy.
Mrs Ahmed said “this much is expected from the government, it is a big boost to the desire of the youth to feed the nation. The federal government should continue on this noble path because it will greatly help to take the youth off the street and make them partners in progress with the government”.