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  • Updated: March 10, 2024

How Anchor Borrowers Scheme has played pivotal role in nurturing entrepreneurs — Abiodun

How Anchor Borrowers Scheme has played pivotal role in nurtu

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, speaking at the 37th Lisabi Day celebration in Abeokuta on Saturday, proudly announced that the Anchor Borrowers Scheme has played a pivotal role in nurturing over 40,000 agriculture entrepreneurs in the state. 

Noting his administration's unwavering commitment, he reiterated their dedication to supporting young farmers and investors through initiatives such as land clearing, preparation, and mechanization for agriculture.

Represented by his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Abiodun noted that the celebration’s theme, “Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship in Agric Business: Panacea for Solving Youth Unemployment in Egbaland”, was noteworthy.

He said it aligns with his commitment to empowering youths for agricultural growth and called for intensified efforts in agriculture and allied businesses, focusing on youth development.

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

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

The governor underlined his administration’s interest in boosting the agricultural value chain, encouraging private sector investment for sustained industrialisation, job creation, and food security.

While urging elders to instil core values in the youths, he emphasised the importance of hard work, perseverance and diligence.

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

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

Applauding Abiodun for the modern Adire market at Asero, Gbadebo encouraged youths to explore Adire-making and selling, emphasising the simultaneous importance of preserving the agricultural legacy of Egbaland.

A former military administrator of Bauchi state and later Sokoto state, retired Navy Captain Rasheed Raji, spoke more on the festival’s purpose.

He said it was to shift the youths’ focus from white-collar jobs to sustainable occupations like agriculture.

The event also featured the paying of homage to the Alake of Egbaland by various groups.

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