The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo on Tuesday has met with some state governors and government officials towards facilitating youth’s involvement in agriculture.
Addressing journalists at the end of the closed door meeting, Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, said the meeting would pave way for youths to go into provision of agricultural services.
He said: “The meeting was about job creation using agriculture and agriculture value- chain. We are considering ways to mobilize youths to go into agriculture and agricultural services including production, retailing and wholesale.
“There is a new decision that states should endeavour to support the Federal Government or partner with the federal government in empowerment, helping the youths in agriculture and agriculture value chain.”
Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, said: “The vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who chaired the meeting as my brother has said, recognised the need to do more.
“The potential of agriculture has been recognised. Land and people are in the states. Partnership between the federal and state governments is required and that has been recognised.
“We reviewed progress achieved and what can be done, particularly to create new jobs. We have charged all states to see what they can do more so that in the next couple of weeks we will have an action plan.”