The National Directorate of Employment has requested 750 hectares of land from the Ogun State Government for farming.
NDE Zonal Director, South West, Mr. Ola Martins, said the farmlands would be used as a vehicle to solve the challenges of unemployment through agriculture.
A statement by the NDE Information Officer, Olawale Balogun, on Monday, explained that Martins made the request during a courtesy visit to the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
Martins was quoted in the statement to have told the governor of the NDE’s desire to enhance collaboration with Ogun State in solving challenges in the areas of employment generation, with more emphasis on agriculture.
Martins said, “The NDE has tackled employment challenges through various job creation schemes such as skill acquisition programmes, small scale entrepreneurial development, training in agricultural business and labour intensive work schemes.
“With the support of the other tiers of government, unemployment will be greatly reduced. We hereby request a functional cooperation with the Ogun State Government to fight the challenges.”
The zonal coordinator stated that the farmland it requested should be spread over the three senatorial districts of the state and would be used to resettle its agricultural trainees.
“To fast track our war on unemployment, we request the Ogun State Government to make provision of 250 hectares of cultivatable and contiguous farmland -already bulldozed – in each senatorial districts to resettle the NDE agricultural trainees in the state.
“Also, we are asking for the magnanimity of the Ogun State Government in the provision of tractors to enhance NDE’s Rural Employment Promotion; and the provision of a project vehicle to assist the directorate in spreading its activities around the state.”
The statement said the government agreed in principle to look into the requests that have potential of strengthening the synergy between the two tiers of government.
It added that after the visit to the governor, Martins met with the NDE state management and staff and urged them to key into the Federal Government’s plan to reduce unemployment through agriculture.
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