Edo State government, on Tuesday, said, it would partner the Federation of Agricultural Commodity Associations of Nigeria (FACAN) to reduce the level of unemployment in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Wealth Creation, Cooperative and Employment, Mr. Joel Edionwe, disclosed this while receiving the delegations of FACAN in Benin City.
He said the thought of the governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on a daily basis is how to create jobs and get the teeming unemployed youth employed so that they could fend for themselves and their families.
Edionwe also pointed out that the state government does not really have problem in getting the funds to invest in agriculture but the problem it faces is how to get the farmers in clusters.
The PS of the Ministry however assured FACAN of government’s willingness to provide the needed policy framework and the enabling environment for it to succeed in the state.
Earlier, chairman, FACAN, Edo State chapter, Mr. Enahoro Ojiefoh, said they were in the state to intimate the government of their plans, educate the farmers on the need to place value on their farm produce and to create market for their produce.
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“FACAN is here to serve and create jobs with you”, he said.
Ojiefoh said if the state government could collaborate with them, they could provide over one thousand jobs which is in line with his job creation policy in the state.
The state chairman of FACAN also said the state is blessed with vast land which should be put into good use for agricultural purposes just as he pleaded with the state government to collaborate with the body so that there could be enough farm produce to be exported internationally adding that the state does not have enough farm produce to be exported.