Osun Government is living no stone unturned in its bid to boost agriculture in line with the vision to turn the state into the food basket of the nation. This is happening just as the second batch of youths going to Germany for modern techniques in farming have rounded up their German language training programme today in Osogbo.
The Rauf Aregbesola administration, having realised that the only way to increase food production, eliminate poverty and boost the economy is therefore engaging the youths of the state in agriculture.
20 youths who make the second batch of the trainees who are drawn mostly from the O’REAP Youth Academy and the Oodua Farmers Academy. The youths have undergone the German language lessons for for two months in a bid to make their agric training in the city of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany easy and more effective.
Speaking shortly after the close of the language training programme today, the coordinator, who is also the immediate past Senior Special Adviser on Quick Impact Intervention Programme, QIIP, Mr Dele Ogundipe explained that serious agricultural development has been the cardinal objective of present administration.
“Because of the quest to develop agric in the state, the Governor, around May 2012 contacted the state of Saxon-Anholt in Germany to be of assistance to the state in the area of agricultural development.
“Saxon-Anholt state agreed to the arrangement because of the performance of the Ogbeni Aregbesola administration in the area agriculture having sent a delegation of eleven members to state of Osun who went round the state (in Germany) visiting various farms and having consultations with various stakeholders in agriculture programmes, said Ogundipe.
He explainee further that the students have been tought riduments of German language and agric related cultures. He added that the language department at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has also been engaged to train the youths for two months on German language.
Dwelling on the benefits of the relationship between the state of Osun and the State of Saxon-Anholt in Germany, the coordinator noted that it is uncommon a state in Geany would have sich nilateral relationship with any state in Nigeria, stressing that the feat has led to so many other opportunities in the area of health care and agricultural development.
According Ogundioe, the German delegation were impressed with the agricultural programmes in Osun, hence decided to establish the best practice demonstration farm for the state, which will help boost food production.
He added that at a time that the nation is passing through hard times in its economy, it is therefore a good move to expose Osun youths in the state to the most modern agricultural technique in the world which will be of great advantage to the state especially as the country is now focusing on agriculture.
Mr Ogundipe said, “what Osun is doing in the agric sector is very lofty and helpful to Nigeria as a country. If you train one youth to be good in agriculture, you are training the world, how much more when the state is investing in the training of over 40 youths on modern ways of agriculture
“We are looking at a situation whereby when the youths come back from Germany we can be attaching them with the appropriate intervention programmes of the Federal government and our own state here
“One of the cardinal objectives of this administration after coming into power in 2010 is to embark on serious agricultural development even when oil was still booming at that time. It means that Ogbeni Rauf Areggesola has been very proactive
“The youths travelling to Germany have been trained on the riduments of German language and German language in agriculture so as to aid their assimilation and participation while in Germany.
“The first batch of Osun youths went to Germany in August of 2013 and came back in November the same year, the second batch were supposed to go in 2014 but were delayed because of the need to improve on the language more than the first batch and the issue of Ebola.
“Hopefully they will be leaving this July” Mr Ogundipe said.
The German language instructor; who is the fourth to come to the state for the purpose, Mr Ronald kley expressed delight at the level of understanding and assimilation of the youths, while also lauding the efforts of the state government for the initiative.
“It has been a worthwhile experience so far, the students performance have been very encouraging and I can say that they are fully ready to go to Germany and learn modern techniques in agriculture which will help the state
“It’s good that they are going to Germany to learn new things and new experience on their own. We have talked about many things they will meet in Germany like animal livestock, pig farming technique and how to live and stay in my country, knowing what is forbidden and what’s allowed”, Kley said.
A beneficiary of the programme, Miss Olanibi Comfort from Atakumosa East local government of the state described the programme as a very good one which will place the state of Osun on a pedestal self sustainability.
She added that the programme is one that will go a long way in taking the jobless youths off the streets and find something worthwhile doing in the area of agriculture, stressing that it will make the state of Osun to be a center point for other states in the federation to emulate in the area of agriculture.
“I am so delighted to be a part of this programme because it will continue to change my life for the better. the programme will go a long way in taking many jobless youths off the streets and put something worthwhile on their
Another beneficiary, Mr Adebayo Waheed thanked the Aregbesola administration of Ogbeni for giving out the rare opportunity to the youths of the state, saying it is a programme which Nigerian leaders should embrace and emulate in whole.
He added that the programme will guarantee food security which will help solve many challenges the nation is facing as a result of dwindling oil revenue the country is facing.
“We have so many graduates out there without jobs. I suggest that everybody should go back to farm, because it is the only solution to the numerous problems we are facing as a nation.